Celebrating Refugee Week in Southampton

Celebrating Refugee Week in Southampton

Refugee Week, taking place later this month (17-23 June), sees a host of events taking place across Southampton, as the city comes together in community celebration, organised by Southampton and Winchester Visitor’s Group.

On Monday 17th, there will be a poetic drama performance at 1pm in the city’s Central Library. from World Stages Now. based on this year’s Refugee Week theme, Our Home.

Wednesday 19th will see film screenings on the theme of Our Home, and Q&A with cast and writers of ‘My Fair Share Too’ at MAST Mayflower Studios – tickets are bookable on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

Each story of migration is different, but every person arriving on our shores shares feelings of loss and fragmentation; while the hope of building a life here can often coexist with the desire to return home one day.

Throughout the week, artwork from Southampton schoolchildren on the theme of Our Home will be on display at the Central Library.

Saturday 22nd will see a number of events taking place across the city.

At 11am there will be a a stall near Sports Direct in the city centre. There will be songs by children from the Ukrainian Language Club, and banners for the parade for children to decorate.

Beginning at 1pm, from Above Bar to Palmerston Park, there will be a carnival parade to celebrate Southampton communities. This will be led by the Lord Mayor of Southampton, along with a drumming band. Attendees are invited to wear their national costume and bring an non-political banner.

From 2-5pm in Palmerston Park there is a chance to gather, with a community picnic around the bandstand, with music, dance and games, music and dance from many different cultures, including an Afrobeat singer, a Ukrainian band and Afghan music and food stalls.

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