Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

In June 2018, Refugee Week will reach an important milestone: 20 years of celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. This 20 year anniversary is the theme of Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June), and we’re be inviting you to take part by doing one (or more!) of 20 Simple Acts – one for each year of Refugee Week.

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Over the next 18 months, we are developing a new play in partnership with Northern Stage that will tell a brand new story of young character who comes to the UK for the first time. Curious Monkey will create this new story in collaboration with artists, families and individuals from refugee and asylum seeker communities in the north east. As well as participating in workshops and contributing to the creation of a new play there will be opportunities to learn new and practical skills through shadowing the creative team behind the scenes. The play will be produced at Northern Stage in 2019/20.

Free Family Workshop: 4pm – 5:30pm, 15th June, Gosforth Civic Theatre

The workshop will be led by Curious Monkey’s Artistic Director Amy Golding and will involve games and exercises to get to know one another and to find out more about the project. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome.

Artist Workshops:

11am – 1pm, 19th June, Nottingham Playhouse 

2:30pm – 4pm, 20th June, Gosforth Civic Theatre

Curious Monkey are hoping to work with artists including writers, musicians, designers, theatre makers from refugee and asylum seeker communities in the north east to develop the play. The workshop will be a chance to meet artists working or living in the north east, and to find out more about the project and how you could get involved.

If you would like any further information about any of the above, please email





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