Countdown to 2021 Festival from 6th – 20th June

We have lots of exciting events planned both digital and live.  Keep an eye on our events page and social media platforms for updates and check out our resources page for ways you can join in this years Celebrating Sanctuary celebrations. 

Here is a reminder of some of the festivities from last year

This year’s theme, linked to National Refugee Week, is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone, Let’s Walk Together’.

In 2020 and 2021 we have understood how interdependent we are and have seen people come together and offer a helping hand in many ways. For this years Festival we invite people to continue to reach out and particularly offer welcome and support to those who come to the UK seeking safety. 

Sign up for our newsletter here to get most up to date information


Since 2005 Bristol has been running events during Refugee Week to celebrate the contribution that refugees and asylum seekers bring to Bristol. Refugee Festival CIC was established in November 2017, to coordinate the ever-increasing programme of events. The festival is now a diverse programme of arts, cultural and educational events, bringing together incoming and host communities across the city, spanning several weeks every June.

We thank all the organisations and individuals that help make it happen.

Community Engagement

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 3 year grant from the National Lottery to expand our community engagement programme and develop the organisation.  For all updates on progress, plans and ways to get involved, please sign up to our mailing list 

Bristol refugee festival aims are:
    • To promote a better understanding as to why people seek sanctuary
    • Help overcome misconceptions
    • Value the diversity and talent that refugees and asylum seekers bring to Bristol
    • Support successful integration.
Bristol Refugee Festival 2021 funders are

In association with

refugee week logo