The city of Bradford is gearing up to celebrate Refugee Week with a series of vibrant events and activities taking place from 17th to 25th June 2023. This year, the organisers, Bradford Council, along with various partners, have put together a program that promises a feast of family fun, learning opportunities, and the chance to forge new friendships.

The festivities will kick off on Monday, 19th June at the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley, with a grand launch event. Open to all, the launch will feature an open mic session, a delightful choir singing performance, and a family fun event at multiple locations throughout the city. Families can come together to enjoy the activities and create lasting memories.

One of the highlights of the week is an invitation extended by Bradford Museums and Galleries to refugees and asylum seekers aged 16 and above. On Wednesday, 21st June, they will have the opportunity to explore volunteering opportunities at the Industrial Museum, starting from 10.30am. The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Gerry Barker, will also grace the event with his presence, adding to the sense of occasion.

The culmination of Refugee Week will be marked by a special event inspired by Jo Cox, named the Great Get Together Event. Taking place on Saturday, 24th June, from 12pm to 3pm, in Peel Park, this event aims to promote unity and community spirit. The Bradford Friendship Choir, along with children from Westminster Primary School, will entertain the attendees with their melodious rendition of the ‘City of the World’ song, accompanied by other delightful performances. Visitors can look forward to browsing through stalls, enjoying live music from different bands, and experiencing a range of other engaging activities.

To conclude the week, on Sunday, 25th June, the Ukrainian Community Centre on 169 Legrams Lane will host “A Celebration of Ukrainian History in the Bradford District.” The event, organised by the Bradford branch of the Association of Ukrainians in GB, will showcase Ukrainian art, culture, and traditions. Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in delicious food and drinks, including a Ukrainian-style BBQ. Cricket taster sessions and other exciting activities for children will also be available.

Entrance to all events will be free, but donations to the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal will be greatly appreciated. Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, expressed his enthusiasm for Refugee Week, stating, “The purpose of Refugee Week is to raise awareness of refugee experiences, celebrate their contributions, and campaign for a more inclusive society.”

As the week approaches, the Bradford District eagerly anticipates showcasing its commitment to becoming a City, Local Authority, and University of Sanctuary, embracing diversity and unity. For a comprehensive list of events and further information, please visit the official website at https://bradfordforeveryone.co.uk/event/refugee-week-2023/