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11 Feb 2019, 10:00-16:30
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REFUGEE WEEK CONFERENCE

The Refugee Week Conference is a day of inspiration, learning and networking in preparation for Refugee Week, the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Expect performances, hands-on workshops and the chance to network and share learning with Refugee Week-ers from across the country.

Whether you’re a Refugee Week veteran or interested in getting involved for the first time, all are welcome.

Look forward to seeing you there!

PROGRAMME

1000 – 1045 REGISTRATION + ARRIVAL ACTIVITIES
Artwork by Liviu Darius Pop, Ryan C. L. Hart, Saba Zahid and Sylvia Theuri, curated by Laura Nyahuye
Interactive activities by Positive Youth Foundation Youth Volunteers

1045 – 1145 SESSION 1: SETTING THE SCENE + PLANS FOR 2019

10.45 – 10.55 Welcome
Positive Youth Foundation Youth Volunteers
Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for UK City of Culture 2021

10.55 – 11.10 Interactive Body Percussion
Sibongile Mkoba, Musician

11.10 – 11.20 The Global Refugee Situation
Matthew Saltmarsh, Senior External Relations Officer of UNHCR UK

11.20 – 11.30 Introducing Refugee Week 2019
Emily Churchill Zaraa, Refugee Week UK Coordinator, Counterpoints Arts
+ Sabrina Richmond, Refugee Week Leadership Project

11.30 – 11.35 What’s For Lunch

1130 – 1300/ 1315 CHOICE OF SIX WORKSHOPS (See below)

1300 – 1400 LUNCH + INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES

1400 – 1700 SESSION 2: PERFORMANCES + SHARING

14.05 – 14.20 Stand-Up Comedy
Tom Parry and Nour Sisserian, No Direction Home

14.20 – 14.35 Keynote Speech: ‘You, Me and Those Who Came Before’
Salani Mutseyami, Natasha Nzazi and Sabrina Richmond, Refugee Week Leadership Project

14.35 – 15.00 From The Floor: Delegates share Refugee Week Plans
Facilitated by Salani Mutseyami and Natasha Nzazi, with PYF Youth Volunteers

15.00 – 15.25 Performances and Artist Showcase
Curated by Laura Nyahuye, Artist

  • Choir – Coventry
  • Tarik Ross – Cameron, Spoken Word Artist
  • Laura Nyahuye, Artist

15.25 – 16.10 Networking and Learning Sharing
Facilitated by PYF Youth Volunteers

1610 – 16.25 Feedback
Facilitated by Emily Churchill Zaraa and Sabrina Richmond, with PYF Youth Volunteers

16.25 – 16.30 Looking Forward to Refugee Week 2019

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WORKSHOPS (DELEGATES ATTEND ONE)

  1. SPREAD THE WORD: MEDIA/ SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS AND TIPS

Alex Mitchelmore and Katherine Maxwell-Rose, IMiX – migration communications hub

A practical workshop exploring how get publicity for your Refugee Week event or story through local or social media. The session will cover what journalists want, how to write a press release, how to work with ‘case studies’ and advice for interviews, as well as tips for getting your posts seen and shared on social media.

  1. BUILDING YOUR LOCAL REFUGEE WEEK

Rachael Cox, Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and Tom Green, Platforma at Counterpoints Arts

Share learning with Refugee Week organisers from across the UK, including on ways to:

  • Develop networks across sectors
  • Fundraise
  • Build capacity
  • Develop audiences
  1. WALKING THE CITY: A MINI TOUR OF COVENTRY

Abdulmunem Radwan, Social Integration Officer, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre

Abdulmunem Radwan runs walking tours of Coventry for refugees who have just arrived in the city. Experience a taster version of the tour, learn about Coventry’s history, and share ideas for walking projects of your own.

  1. FOOTBALL AS A TOOL FOR INTEGRATION

Susie Murphy (Positive Youth Foundation) – Workshop Chair

  1. Kevin Coleman – (FA – Equality and Diversity Manager)
    2. Jonathan Hunt/David Moorcroft – (Coventry City Council – European City of Sport 2019)
    3. Cormac Wheelan (Positive Youth Foundation) – PYF Football programme
    4. Khalida Popal/Maggie Murphy – (Girl Power Organisation/Equal Playing Field)

Using football as a vehicle for integration will be explored by four organisations contributing insight from a global, national and local perspective. The workshop will explore a range of international programmes, whilst also identifying some examples of good practice here in the UK. An opportunity to share your own ideas and plans for projects in 2019.

  1. GET UP STAND UP

Tom Parry and Nour Sisserian, No Direction Home

Learn about stand-up comedy as a means of empowerment and self-expression – and have a go yourself! No Direction Home is a new stand-up comedy project from Counterpoints Arts and Camden People’s Theatre, working with refugees and migrants (see this short video for more).

  1. REFUGEE-LED PROJECTSNatasha Nzazi, Sabrina Richmond and Salani Mutseyamiwith Kolbassia Haoussou, Survivors Speak Out

How important is it for refugee-related projects to be led by refugees themselves? How can we create/ encourage refugee-led projects, and how can they be done well? This hands-on workshop is led by new recruits to the Refugee Week leadership project, which is supporting five emerging leaders from refugee backgrounds in the fields of arts and activism.

Almir Koldzic, Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts

Image (c) Ambrose Musiyiwa

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