Since 2005 Bristol has been running annual events during National Refugee Week to celebrate the contribution that refugees and asylum seekers bring to Bristol. Refugee Festival CIC was established in November 2017, in response to requests from the refugee and asylum seeker support organisations, to coordinate the ever-increasing programme of events. The festival is now a month-long programme of arts, cultural and educational events, bringing together incoming and host communities across the city.
Bristol Refugee Festival 2019 will take place in June.
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 2018 funders are
Bristol City Council National Lottery Awards For All England
Bristol refugee festival is linked with refugee week
Refugee Week is a UK-wide initiative that takes places every year around World Refugee Day on 20th June.