It’s that time of year again 🙂

Join in the celebrations for Refugee Week from 17 June to 23 June – a week of events, exhibitions, great food and pop-ups showcasing the creativity, culture and resilience of refugees from around the world.

Though most events are free, donations are encouraged. Thank you!

‘The Wind Will Take Us Away’, a newly commissioned artwork by Majid Adin. 2019. (Copyright Majid Adin)

The Wind Will Take Us Away (باد ما را خواهد برد) by Majid Adin, commissioned for the Lande exhibition, 2019.

Lande: The Calais ‘Jungle’ and Beyond is a major temporary exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum, running from 27 April to 29 November 2019. The exhibition reassembles material and visual culture that survives from the ‘Jungle’ as it existed at Calais from March 2015 to the demolitions of 2016 bearing witness to human precarity, resistance, creativity, and hope.

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Mark the beginning of Refugee Week 2019 at Linacre College with the opening of ‘Our Oxford’, an exhibition of photographs taken by two young people who have recently arrived in Oxford. Their images document both the beauty they have found in the city, and the love of photography which they share. This informal event will involve brief presentations on the Orientation Programme and Our Narratives project, an official opening of the exhibition, and plenty of time for guests to meet one another and enjoy the photographs. At Linacre College, St Cross Road (OX1 3JA) from 6pm on Monday 17 June. Register for your free ticket here.

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On Tuesday 18 June, Oxford City Amnesty Group is meeting in Oxford Town Hall at 7:15pm. The meeting will focus on how Amnesty is supporting the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. All meetings are free to attend and open to both members and non-members. Includes letter writing, and campaign & event updates.

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Also in honour of Refugee Week, on Wednesday 19 June, OCM and Tandem Collective present a double bill of global fusion bands from near and far, offering new takes on musical traditions from around the world. From 7.30pm at Tap Social Movement, North Hinksey Lane (OX2 0LX).
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/385011615446993
Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/473822

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Twenty years old this year, Open Door is a drop-in service for refugees and asylum seekers at the East Oxford Community Centre.

Open Door provides a welcoming environment for people to meet friends, make connections, and to participate in the preparation of a (weekly) free lunch. All welcome to a special lunch for World Refugee Day, Thursday 20 June, 11am – 3.30pm.

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Join Asylum Welcome and others for, “Weaving Networks of Support”, an evening of solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers everywhere,  from 8pm on Thursday 20 June at Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street (OX1 2DH).

Special guests include Sudanese Musician Ibrahim Elgediah, Jewish Choir OxfordShir, Syrian Poet Muradi Bakir, and the Lord Mayor of Oxford.

Free entry – all welcome. Refreshments provided.

Weaving Nets of Support – PDF to Download

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On Windrush Day, Saturday 22 June, the Oxford Windrush Group has organised the first the Windrush Memorial Lecture, Racism, Repression and Resistance, at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

Keynote Speaker is Prof Horace G. Campbell, a noted international peace and justice scholar and Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, New York. Register for your free ticket here. (Donations much appreciated – thank you!)

This lecture is part of the Oxford Windrush Festival weekend, and accompanies the Nice Cup of Tea? installation in the Ashmolean Museum’s Gallery 40 (23 May 201922 March 2020)…

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Also, on Saturday 22 June, Refugee Resource Women’s Group and families will be boarding a double-decker bus and heading into the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire to enjoy a picnic and other activities. It will be a fun day and an opportunity to spend some quality time together in a beautiful and relaxed place.

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On Wednesday 26 June, the Furry Mic at The Mad Hatter Oxford (OX4 1EA) will welcome The Beatroots for an evening of music and conviviality in aid of Refugee Resource.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/429030867654908/

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A group of Cowley Road restaurants, bars and cafés will be fundraising for Refugee Resource during Refugee Week.:)
The following restaurants, cafes and bars are participating – something to consider when planning your celebrations!

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