Reconnect with your friends, families, workmates and communities to celebrate our wonderful city of sanctuary and the amazing contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to Bristol.

Our flagship event Celebrating Sanctuary in Queen Square is unable to take place again this year due to restrictions.  We therefore invite you to organise your own ‘Celebrating Sanctuary Local’ event on the weekend of World Refugee Day – Sunday 20th June

Here are some ideas…

Picnic in the park – invite people to a picnic in a park near you. Download one of our flags, buy some food from a refugee-led food outlet or wow your friends with one of these delicious recipes.  check out this list of parks and green spaces across the city here

Celebrating Sanctuary at home – enjoy one of our recorded gigs from last year or go one step further and have a Gig on your doorstep –  book a musician from a refugee background to perform on your street and get everyone to watch from their doorsteps. See our Youtube channel for ideas. 

Night film screening – you could watch a refugee-related film in your garden with some friends

Try a new recipe – impress your friends with one of these delicious recipes and learn about the cook and their culture.

Book club – read and discuss a book by a refugee author or about aspects of the refugee journey. Here are some ideas for recommended titles for adults, young children and older children. Look out for displays at Bristol Central Library and Junction 3 Library as well as books, films and podcasts for you to take away.

Take a Walk – meet a friend or invite someone new to join you on a walk. Download one of these beautiful maps for suggested walks in Bristol

Get sporty – throw a frisbee around with your mates, play a game of rounders or maybe even arrange a friendly cricket or football match  – a great opportunity to meet someone new in your neighbourhood. 

Fundraise – if you want to add something extra to your event then you could fundraise for the Bristol Refugee and Asylum Seeker Partnership (BRASP) crowdfunder to Support people seeking asylum who are at risk of becoming  

For more inspiring ideas and resources, you can visit the Refugee Week website here 

To keep to government COVID guidelines, outdoor events can only have a max of 30 people attending so please ensure that your event follows the guidance.  See full details here 

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