Bloco Novo 10

CAN and HOME are working in partnership to produce a programme of arts for Refugee Week between 2018-22, celebrating the contributions that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week at HOME

CAN and HOME launched Refugee Week in Manchester from 16-22 June with the very first Refugee Week Festival at HOME. The festival celebrated the huge contribution that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

As we stand at a crossroads for humanity, with escalating conflict in many parts of the world, deep inequalities and fractured social relations, we feel that this is a crucial time to explore how we, as a society, engage with these issues. The Refugee Week festival this year helped towards achieving this vision. We showcased some of the incredibly diverse, refugee-led talent from Greater Manchester and have paved the way for future development.

The first of a four year programme, Refugee Week at HOME aimed to create a northern platform for Refugee Week, through a contemporary, family friendly festival that was attractive to all ages and communities; diverse in programming, bringing together work created with communities and artists as well as international, national and regional projects of excellence.

This year’s programme included music, theatre, film, exhibitions and workshops. With new theatre voices, music and poetry from Iran and Syria; beautiful Soukous and Rumba music from the Democratic Republic of Congo; a workshop programme, films, exhibitions and installations challenged visitors to think and feel.

The festival was a huge success, enjoyed by hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds, who celebrated the contributions, creativity and resilience of people new to the region. We look forward to hosting the next inspiring, powerful and moving festival in Summer 2019.

Watch the vox pops film by Emmanuel Bajiiji: