15th-21st June 2020



Thank you for participating, contributing and celebrating with us during Bristol Refugee Festival 2020! We can you fill our our Attendee Feedback Form via the link below;

Bristol Refugee Festival #BRF2020 will take place on 15 – 21 June 2020 to celebrate and value the contribution of refugee and asylum seekers to the city. 

This year’s programme theme is ‘imagine’ and we’re inviting you to get creative and ‘imagine a world where…’ by writing a poem, song, story or drawing a picture to display at home in your windows. Download our window design template here and share your creations with us with #ImagineBristol and tag us on social media.

 Adapting to the current situation, we’ve produced a digital programme here for everyone to take part in from home. Join us online for the festival launch on Sunday 14 June from 2-5pm featuring Celebrating Sanctuary favourites.

“We felt that now more than ever it was important to stay connected, to support each other and to share the incredible ways that people have helped each other in these unprecedented times. We hope the theme of ‘Imagine’ will connect with many who are also having to imagine new ways of living.”

Jules Olsen, Bristol Refugee Festival Director

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.

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 2020 funders are

In association with

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