Southwark Refugee Week 2017: 17-24 June

Southwark Refugee Week 2017:  17-24 June

2017 Southwark Refugee Week is the 17-24 June. Here's some events that are taking place during the week. All the events are free with suggested donations and unless otherwise stated all events take place at Theatre Delicatessen The Old Library 39 Wells Way SE5 0PX.

Saturday 17 June 12 noon - 4pm 

The Refugee Crisis is a Human Crisis. What can we do in Southwark? This is an afternoon of discussion and films chaired by Giles Fraser, Parish Priest St Mary’s Newington and columnist for The Guardian. Suggested donation is £5.

Invited speakers include:

  • Kat Lorenz
  • Save the Children
  • Shivani Jegarajah
  • Justitia Chambers, one of Chambers and Partners Best Lawyers 2017
  • Harriet Grant
  • Award winning freelance journalist
  • Councillor Barrie Hargrove
  • Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Safety

Debate and discussion will be followed by the following:

No human is illegal - a short film presented by the LAWRS Sin Fronteras Project
Miracle Life a short film from My Pockets, multi award winning production company

Frozen Out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe's border a short film presented by
photojournalist Alice Aedy

Light refreshments will be available. For a free ticket go to the booking page here.

Saturday 17 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theatre - Scratch Night of Home - suggested donation £5
New theatre about migration, inspired by real-life moments, true stories and wild imaginations. Join us for four unique short shows on immersive, experiential and non-traditional performances. Artists include: Amy Clare Tasker, Andrea Spisto, Papersmokers & Nabihah Islam.

London South Bank University is hosting a Family Fun Day on Sat 17 June

This is to celebrate their 125th Anniversary as well as a great way to lead into Refugee Week. The Family Fun Day will take place in the Clarence Centre from 12 – 4pm. Find out more here. There will be a barbeque, a petting zoo, face painting, a steel pan band, storytelling, mindfulness classes for adults and children and more! The event is free.

Tuesday 20 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theatre - Labels by Worklight Theatre - suggested donation £5
A funny, moving and honest story - and multi-award winning show - about mixed heritage and immigration. Using comedy, storytelling and spoken word, Labels offers a human story from multicultural Britain.

Wednesday 21 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Theatre - Still Waiting by Crew for Calais - suggested donation £5
Drawing on personal experience in the Calais, Paris and Greece refugee camps, camp twitter feeds and material from the Refugee Rights Data Reports, this piece shows a version of events that simply didn’t exist in mainstream media. Performed by musicians and actors, there will be music, facts, hopes and fears.

Thursday 22 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Film and theatre - Dreams (work in progress) & The Caravan - suggested donation £5.
Working with refugee performers, Ailin Conant & Olivia Altaras challenge the label ‘refugee’ through an installation-based immersive theatre piece. The piece will be followed by a film looking at The Caravan Project - a street theatre project produced by Beirut DC with Clown Me In and Theatre Témoin, presenting Syrian stories through recorded media and street performance throughout Lebanon.

Thursday 22 June 7.30pm - 10.30pm

An evening of spoken word - suggested donation £5
Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road SE15 5PY

A special evening of poetry and spoken word to raise awareness of refugee and migrant experiences, hosted by Richard Purnell.


  • Ruth Padel is Reader in Poetry at King’s College London. Her ten poetry collections include Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East, shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.
  • Sam Berkson aka 'Angry Sam', has won slams, performed in three continents and published two books of poetry with Influx Press. His most recent collection, Settled Wanderers, records his experience living on the Western Saharan refugee camps and contains the first English translations of Saharawi poetry.
  • Richard Purnell whose poetry has been published in the Herald, and South Bank Poetry, and heard on BBC London. He can be found at
  • Suley Muhidin is an award winning rapper turned poet, this 'Rapoet' uses his talent for rhyming words to deliver fresh perspectives on communicating new ideas and inspiring positive change.
  • Jack Mapanje’s first collection of poems, Of Chameleons and Gods, was published in the UK in 1981 and withdrawn from bookshops, libraries and all institutions of learning in Malawi in June 1985. He was imprisoned without trial or charge by the Malawian government in 1987, was not freed until 1991.

Friday 23 June 7.30pm - 9.30pm Dance - Unveiling by Cristina Celli

'Unveiling' is a show about the life of Cristina Celli - a London-based flamenco dancer - which takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the ups and downs of Cristina's life, presented in the style of Tanztheater (Dance Theatre) with an emphasis on Flamenco and Butoh movements.

Saturday 24 June 12 noon - 11pm

suggested donation for all activities £5:

12 noon - 2pm
Art for all the family
Portrait artist and cartoonist, Evie Fridel will be drawing local residents' portraits and exploring what 'home' means to them.

2pm - 3.30pm
Children’s Workshop - theatre games
Join Refugee Words Theatre Company for an hour of fun games about our home stories and creating a new story together!

4pm - 6pm
Workshop - local cuisines, local stories
Grab a chair and join a table full of Iraqi, French, Polish and British food and performers. Learn how to make Baba Ghanoush and have an informal chat about food and life and all that’s in between.

7pm - 8pm
Storytelling - The Story of Samia Omar
Storyteller Vanessa Woolf and poet Samra Said tell the true story of Samia Omar, the Somalian runner who made it into the Olympics, a story full of motivation and empowerment.

8pm - 11pm
A night of live music and open mic sessions. Come celebrate the closing of the Refugee Week events in a night of music for all over the world. Throughout the week Theatre Delicatessen will exhibit works by refugees and asylum seekers involved with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers.

The funds that we raise will help support local refugee groups:

  • Southwark Day Centres for Asylum Seekers
  • Southwark Refugee Communities Forum
  • Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project
  • @sthwkrefugees

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