The Higgins celebrate Refugee Week

In celebration of Refugee Week 2019, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events, The Higgins Bedford will be hosting a variety of events 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. These events will be held alongside partner organisations including BRASS, The Place Theatre, BCA, and more.

The Refugee Week launch event will be taking place on the 15th June from 11am to 4pm and is free to attend. Enjoy live music, talks, poetry, creative workshops and information to celebrate the beginning of Refugee Week in Bedford.

Take part in 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 of the items will be distributed by UK charity Knit for Peace. The Knit-a-thon will be held on the 18th June from 11am to 4pm and is free to attend. To register interest or to support the event with some knitting, please contact Gemma Hutton via email at

The You, me and those who came before Pop-Up Museum will be held on the 19th June at Bedford Central Library. Members of the public are invited to share and celebrate stories/objects that have been brought either by themselves or their family members from their home countries. Objects can include recipes, cookbooks, favourite coffee pots, toys, scarves, hats or photographs.

Held at A Different Brew Cafe, celebrate National Windrush Day and Bedford’s Windrush Generation at Windrush Family Day and Global Kitchen on the 22nd June from 12pm to 5pm. Enjoy a day of face painting, music, dancing, folk songs, dominoes, food and Windrush stories.

Working in collaboration with Arise In Bloom, Nubian Teachings, Friends of Refugees and Urban Adventures (Natures Gift), Retired Caribbean Nurse of Bedfordshire (RCNA), and Bedfordshire Opportunities for Learning Disabilities.

Enjoy This Noisy Isle on the 22nd June, an outdoor treasure-hunt style performance for 7 to 11 year olds and their families, inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This adventure explores the refugee crisis in a new and inventive way and is an interactive family experience. To find out more or to book tickets, please visit The Higgins Bedford website

Working in partnership with The Place Theatre and Spun Glass Theatre.

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