Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.
This years theme is We Cannot Walk Alone.
There is a moment in Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech when he turns his attention to the White people who, realising their destiny and that of their Black fellow citizens was intertwined, joined the movement for equal rights. “They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom,” he said. “We cannot walk alone.” His words resonate now as much as they did in the 1960s. Find out more information about the theme here.
As part of Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, we are hosting some key events to celebrate Refugee Week in Calderdale.