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Video artworks presented by Hetain Patel and refugee young people in Nottingham. Photo by Jagdish Patal.

Video artworks presented by Hetain Patel and refugee young people in Nottingham. Photo by Jagdish Patal.

Many organisations across the city came together under our roof. Phot by Veronica Luna.

Many organisations across the city came together under our roof. Phot by Veronica Luna.

Compère Rastarella. Photo by Jagdish Patal.

Compère Rastarella. Photo by Jagdish Patal.

International food tasting by the ladies from the Women's Culture Exchange. Photo by Veronica Luna.

International food tasting by the ladies from the Women's Culture Exchange. Photo by Veronica Luna.

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Refugee Week Launch 2016

On Saturday 18 June, Nottingham Contemporary was once again the proud host of Refugee Week launch 2016!

Refugee Week is a world-wide celebration of the contributions made by refugees and asylum seekers to economic, cultural and social life. In Nottingham the launch marks the start of a week-long programme of cultural and educational events across the entire city. Local collective Nottingham Beyond Borders once again programmed a week of exhibitions, public meetings and a film festival as an act of welcome, a gesture of solidarity and to raise awareness of the reasons why people are forced to seek refuge – persecution, war, famine, abuse, poverty and civil conflict.

Many organisations across the city came together under our roof to present information stalls, share advice and promote the services they provide to support families and individuals who are newly arrived in Nottingham.

The event was free, family-friendly and offered live music from Arian Band with a new rap collaboration, face-painting, a Conversation Booth, a drumming workshop, international food tasting, and video artworks presented by Hetain Patel and refugee young people in Nottingham, family activities hosted by the Nottingham Contemporary Play and Learn team and the hole event was guided by Compère Rastarella.

“Refugee Week is a meeting point for people from all over the world. Having compassion for the refugee is an important starting point for local people but, of equal importance, is the chance for the asylum seeker and refugee to feel at home and become an active citizen by developing their skills, talent, and creative energy in a new, and welcoming, environment”- Roger Bromley, Chair, Nottingham Beyond Borders, Director, Refugee Week, Nottingham.

More information can be found about Refugee week 2016 here: http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk/refugee-week-17-27-june-2016/ Or visit Nottingham Beyond Borders on Twitter: @NottsBeBo

For more information on community events at Nottingham Contemporary please contact us on: 0115 948 9750 or learn@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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