Refugee Week 2022: events across Brighton – 71Bait

Refugee Week is currently taking place with a range of events planned across Brighton.

The annual celebration began yesterday and runs through June 26 to showcase the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking refuge.

This year’s theme is healing and the city government’s events aim to celebrate community, caring for one another and the ‘human capacity to start over’.

Councilor Steph Powell, co-chair of the Committee on Tourism, Equality, Communities and Culture, said: “Refugee week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the resilience, determination and skills shown by those who arrive here after long dangerous journeys. were brought into town.

“We are proud of our long history of solidarity and welcoming refugees in Brighton and Hove.

“We saw it again this year in the vital support our communities are giving to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“This year’s theme of healing tells us that we can learn a lot from refugees about how to hold on to hope when it seems impossible to move on — and how art, creativity and community can help us heal.”

Here is a list of events taking place across the city:

Refugee Week with Brighton and Hove Libraries

Brighton and Hove Libraries are running a program of cultural events, topical debates and information sharing to celebrate and raise awareness of Refugee Week.

The Libraries have collaborated with guest programmers Luqman Temitayo Onikosi and Sara Alsherif, whose contributions have been important in reflecting on those seeking refuge and have shaped this year’s offering.

Thematic collections for all ages will be highlighted in our libraries and online displays throughout the week. Information about the refugee week and events throughout the city can be picked up in the foyer of the anniversary library until Friday.

On Sunday, members of the Ukrainian community will be at the Jubilee Library to share information about Ukraine and answer questions.

Diala Brisly Illustrating Hope – Solo show in association with The Socially Engaged Art Salon

Monday through Saturday in the main windows of the Jubilee Library

Born in Kuwait in 1980 to Syrian parents, Diala Brisly is a visual artist who grew up in Damascus.

After the outbreak of the Syrian war, she took part in the uprising against the Assad regime and had to flee to Turkey and then to Lebanon.

There she began working with “tent schools,” painting murals, and holding art therapy workshops in refugee camps across the country.

Diala uses her art to confront her own trauma from the war in Syria and to defend the human rights of others.

Story time for preschoolers and their parents and carers

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.15 a.m. in the children’s area of ​​the anniversary library

“We warmly welcome all families to participate in these story hours to celebrate diversity and inclusion.

“On Tuesday, library staff will be joined by Sara Alsherif, who will read stories in Arabic and English.”

Free moving in.

Sand art workshop with Momodou Saine

Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Whitehawk Library

Join the sand painting artist Momodou and have fun creating.

Momodou, who comes from Gambia, developed a painting technique with different colored sand in his childhood.

Free moving in. refreshments provided.

The network of international women

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Jubilee Library common room

People are invited to bring their favorite poems to share and read aloud in their native language.

The Network of International Women offers women from different cultures and backgrounds a platform to meet, exchange experiences and knowledge and support each other.

Get together to sew, knit, craft and make friends.

Free women’s appointment.

Our Common Threads – Artist Bern O’Donoghue reflects on the theme of healing

Jubilee Library Ground floor, Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm and Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm

By stitching the words of asylum seekers, former refugees, advocates and activists onto her clothing, Bern reflects on healing.

Stop by for a chat, or bring an everyday piece of your own clothing to embroider and celebrate community, mutual caring and the human ability to start fresh.

Free, everyone welcome.

Story time for preschoolers and their parents and carers

Wednesday at 10.15am in the children’s area of ​​Hove Library

“We warmly welcome all families to participate in this storytime session to celebrate diversity and inclusion.”

Free drop-in – no signup required

Refugees and asylum seekers – the application process: expectations and challenges

Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Jubilee Library Conference Room.

From 12pm to 1.30pm, join legal experts Madeleine Kelleher, Iain F. Palmer and Jo Wilding for an advisory panel on applying for asylum, refugee status, the asylum process, what you need to prove and accessing legal advice.

From 1.45pm to 4.00pm – Legal Advice Clinic, private 15 minute sessions with lawyers.

Free drop-in – no signup required. refreshments provided.

Heaven between my teeth: creative writing workshop for migrants

Friday 11am to 4pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm (with one hour lunch)

Conference room Jubilee Library 3

Georgina Aboud & Akila M Richards will cover the basics of storytelling, creating a real character and dialogue, reading excerpts from published authors and of course writing!

People with a migration or international background are invited. There are two sessions and you are invited to book one or both sessions.

“Maybe you are already writing or just want to try it, all levels from beginner to experienced writer are welcome! Your English does not have to be perfect, but a good understanding is required (helpful) to ensure you get the most out of the workshops.”

Free – please book a seat in advance on the Creative Future website.

Belly dance workshop for women with Sara Alsherif

Friday at 12pm to 1.30pm at the Hangleton Library

Open to women and those who identify as women.

Join Sara for this fun dance workshop, suitable for all abilities, and discover the art of belly dancing.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water, dance shawls are provided.

Free, please book your place in advance on Eventbrite.

Printed postcards for the Peace Workshop featuring East Side Print

Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Whitehawk Library

Take this workshop from East Side Print and create printed postcards about hope and peace.

Print out two postcards, one to keep and one to gift to a new friend or neighbor who might be in need of some friendship.

Free, come by. Suitable for all ages.

Global music event with the best foot music and hopeful solidarity

Saturday from 12pm to 4pm in the main hall of the Jubilee Library

Libraries Partner with Best Foot Music and Hopeful Solidarities to Bring Performances by Polina Shepard; Brighton and Hove Yiddish Choir, Bashir Al Gamar, Jamal & Alaa and special guests Dina, Polina, Bella and solo artist Yulya Fytsalo share Ukrainian songs.

Food from Syria, Sudan and Ethiopia is available for a suggested donation.

Free, everyone welcome.

The universality of everything film screening

Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Jubilee Library Conference Room – Adults only

The Universality of It All, directed by Andrés Bronnimann, is a feature-length documentary focusing on the issues of human migration and inequality.

“Telling the story of his best friend Emad, a Yemeni refugee living in Vancouver, Canada, the filmmaker arrives at a profound insight into the interconnectedness of all major events of the 21st century.”

Please note that this film contains some violent scenes that some may find disturbing.

Free, only for adults. Free popcorn is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Book your free ticket in advance on EventBrite or come by on the day.

Library of the Sanctuary

The Jubilee Library prides itself on being a “Library of Sanctuary”, a diverse community space where everyone can feel welcome, included and able to connect with others.

The Libraries of Sanctuary initiative was created to recognize the best practices of libraries that welcome people who seek refuge and other newcomers into their communities and seek to promote a culture of welcome and inclusivity.

For more information about the events please contact or call 01273 290 800.

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