Refugee Week events in Bedford

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Refugee Week (15 – 22 June) is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events celebrating the contribution of refugees in the UK and encourages an improved understanding between communities.

In Bedford, events are taking place at The Higgins Bedford, Bedford Central Library, The Place Theatre, Russell Park and A Different Brew Café.

It’s a great chance to discover stories of displacement, explore the lives of refugees and the people who welcomed them throughout the generations, based on this year’s theme – You, Me and Those Who Came Before.

Over the weekend, live music, talks, poetry and creative workshops took place at the Higgins plus the launch of a new exhibition, Kwibuka Rwanda – Remebering Rwanda.

The exhibition, developed by Dr Julia Viebach and Pitt Rivers Museum, looks at the many memorials marking the sites where the Rwandan genocide took place.

Refugee Week

This week, get creative at the Knit-a-thon and meet other like-minded crafters to knit and crochet items such as hats, socks, gloves, and blankets for refugees across the globe.

All items will be distributed by UK charity Knit for Peace. The Knit-a-thon is free to attend on Tuesday 18 June, from 11am to 4pm.

To register interest or to support the event with some knitting, please contact Gemma Hutton via email at gemma.hutton@bedford.gov.uk.

On Wednesday 19 June, members of the public are invited to bring in and share stories about the objects that have been brought by themselves or their family members from their home countries in the You, Me and Those Who Came Before Pop-Up Museum.

Objects can include recipes, cookbooks, toys, scarves, hats, photographs and more. This event is free for all to attend, from 11am – 3pm at Bedford Central Library.

Celebrate National Windrush Day and Bedford’s Windrush Generation with a day of face painting, music, folk songs, dancing, dominoes, food and Windrush stories. The Windrush Family Day and Global Kitchen will be held at A Different Brew Café on 22ndJune from 12pm to 5pm and is free to enjoy.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, enjoy This Noisy Isle on Saturday 22 June, an outdoor treasure-hunt style performance for 7 to 11 year olds and their families.

This interactive adventure explores the refugee crisis in a new and inventive way and gives viewers the chance to solve puzzles, meet mysterious characters and more. To find out more or to book tickets, please visit: www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/whats_on/whats_on/refugee_week_2019.aspx

On Sunday 23 June, Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) host a free over 16’s 5-a-side football tournament from 10am to 4pm at Russell Park. There will be children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and the Mayor will present the awards at 4pm.

Refugee Week at-a-glance

Tuesday 18 June: Knit-a-thon

Wednesday 19 June: Pop-up Museum #You, Me and Those Who Came Before at Bedford Central Library

Saturday 22 June: Windrush Family Day & Global Kitchen at A Different Brew Cafe

Saturday 22 June: This Noisy Isle

Sunday 23 June: BRASS Family Football Funday at Russell Park