Refugee Week in York

Refugee Week in York

refugee week york artwork

Refugee Action York (RAY) have published their draft programme for Refugee Week 2019 – held between 17th – 23rd June at various locations across York.


An exhibition of artwork by the learners at the Blueberry Academy, York, who have been exploring themes of welcome, of home, and of what it means to be far from home.

All week Blueberry Academy art exhibition at City Screen Sky Lounge. Free. Wheelchair accessible.

‘Equality and Community’  

A colourful welcome of diversity and inclusion. Friargate will also provide a central welcoming space to take a break and have a cup of tea or coffee.

All week An installation at Friargate Friends Meeting House, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9RL. Free

‘Refugees, Borders and Climate Change: The Importance of Solidarity and Climate Justice’ 

A talk highlighting the impact of climate breakdown and its creation of refugees, and the differences in treatment of climate change ‘migrants’ compared to traditional refugees.

Monday 17th June 12pm – 1.30pm. Venue: tbc (please check the website). Free.

Talk by Gulwali Passerlay, child refugee, author of The Lightless Sky. 

In his talks, Gulwali shares his captivating story of struggle, danger and resilience and how he miraculously survived the harrowing year-long journey from Afghanistan to the UK, on his own, after being separated from his brother.

Monday 17th June 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Bootham School, 51 Bootham, York YO30 7BU. Free. Tickets

‘Speaking up not talking down’ 

Refugees and asylum seekers will be joined by lawyers, therapists, interpreters, humanitarian aid representatives and researchers from the University of York Migration Network (MigNet) to discuss the challenges of reporting and representing the experience of persecution., trauma and finding sanctuary in the face of the enduring hostile environment of Britain’s immigration system.

Tuesday 18th June 4.30pm – 7.00pm. York Medical School, 23 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW. Free. Disabled access available. Details

‘On Her Shoulders’  

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor, is determined to tell her story. As her journey leads down paths of advocacy and fame, she becomes the voice of her people and their best hope to spur the world to action.

City Screen is accessible to people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities.

Tuesday 18th June. 6.30 pm. [12A], City Screen cinema. Cost: £8, Members £5. Tickets

‘Refugees – dispelling the myths’

Speak to York St John staff and York-based agencies for an informative, drop in event aiming to separate fact from fiction. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday 19th  June. 11am – 1pm. The Holgate Dining Room Extension, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX .

Pub quiz in aid of RAY

Back by popular demand! Fun and social quiz for a good cause, complete with spot prizes and a prize for the winning team. Join in as a team or as individuals. Donation entry (give what you can).

Thursday 20th June. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The Winning Post, Bishopthorpe Rd, York.  

Music night! 

The Beams, The Rusty Pegs, Colin Cutler and others. RAY fundraiser and music night – come along to enjoy an evening of local bands and socialising! Donations for RAY via the bucket shake are most welcome!

Friday 21st June. 8pm – 11pm, The Black Horse, 29 Monkgate, YO31 7PB.


Arriving in London as a refugee from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown. Kids’ Club: Exclusively for children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

Saturday 22nd June. 11.15 am, [PG], City Screen, Coney Street. All tickets: £2.50. Tickets

‘You, me and those who came before’

Exhibition of children’s art competition. A joyful celebration of the creativity of some of the young people from local schools and youth groups, Refugee Action York and York Mosque. The winning entries will be then exhibited between Sunday 30th June and Saturday 6th July at the City Screen Sky Lounge. Wheelchair accessible.

Sunday 23rd June. 2.30pm – 4.30pm. York Mosque and Islamic Centre, Bull Ln, York YO10 3EN. Free.

Football tournament

Come along and support this friendly mini-tournament between three teams – Refugee Action York, York Mosque, and Fulford School.

Saturday 29th June. York St John’s Haxby Road playing fields, Haxby Rd, New Earswick, York YO31 8FY. (Times: tbc) Free.


Get the latest times, schedule and information on the Refugee Week website at:

refugee week 2019 schedule


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