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Bradford Refugee Week 2020

It is with great sadness we have decided to postpone the annual Bradford Refugee Week Celebrations (June 13th – June 20th).

Many of the organisations involved in organising events and activities for Refugee Week are currently involved in essential service delivery and support for some of the most vulnerable communities in our district, and it goes without saying that all efforts in the coming weeks must be to support their work.

Already the programme for Refugee Week was shaping up to be one of the strongest in recent years, and included events of celebration, performance and creativity. We have been pleased to welcome a number of new partners to the planning group; reflecting the diversity and support for celebrating Bradford as a place of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.

We will be working to maintain these relationships, offer mutual support and cultivate ideas and planning.

Our current plans are to reschedule Refugee Week in autumn, and we will use all existing sources of communication for updates.

In the meantime, we are asking people to remember that Bradford is a City of Sanctuary, a place of welcome and safety. If you are able, please consider donating to Bradford Food Bank here:…/bradfordmetropolitanfoodbank

In solidarity,

Deb Collett – Creative Artworks Communities & Sarah Cartin – Bradford Schools of Sanctuary


Last year Bradford City of Sanctuary curated an Open Exhibition of art works around the theme: Different Pasts, Shared Future and was Held at Bradford Capital of Cycling, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 5SD

Examples of work in the 2018 exhibition can be found here
If you are interested in submitting work and would like an Exhibit Registration Form or would like more information, please contact Mary Blacka Bradford City of Sanctuary, by email at: [email protected] or on 01484 686799 or 07908 074167.

Capital of Cycling is a coalition of charities and community groups which aims to increase cycling for well-being, social and environmental change in Bradford.  A bike can be a particularly empowering tool for a refugee or asylum seeker. Dave Robison, of Capital of Cycling says “We’ve started the Cycling to Sanctuary and Riding with Refugees projects, enabling refugees to gain access to bikes and be empowered to ride and maintain them. Over the last two years we have been developing a large community cycling hub based in central Bradford.”

Bradford to come together to celebrate Refugee Week

Refugee Week Art Exhibition Launched