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Refugee Week 2010 Norwich & Norfolk Events | 14th–20th June

Don’t miss out!! Films, talks, plays, food and lots more...


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Welcome to Norwich & Norfolk Refugee Week 2010 Refugee Week 2010 will be from 14th-20th June. It is a UK wide programme of events and activities that take place all across the country to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. Its main aim is to encourage better understanding between different communities and cultures. Norwich has for several years promoted Refugee Week thanks to the support and dedication of a network of partner organisations from the public, voluntary and community sector. Our sincere thanks and gratitude goes to everyone who has contributed to the programme booklet. This year, our local theme is “Community engagement and cohesion,” and the events coordination of events is led by two local community groups: The Bridge Plus+, and the Asylum Voice project of The British Red Cross. Refugee Week has now developed into an annual Norfolk-wide celebration which offers a diverse programme of events from films to social events, exhibitions and a family fun day. And for the first time, more events take place in the rural towns and villages of Norfolk.

We hope the programme will engage people who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to hear about and increase their understanding of refugee issues. It is worth reminding ourselves that Norfolk has a great tradition of welcoming refugees, known as “Strangers” in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Strangers’ legacy remains visible in city landmarks and the dialects of Norfolk. Finally, I would like to dedicate this year’s celebrations to the late Councillor Hereward Cooke who passed away in December 2009. Hereward was the former chair of the Norwich multi-agency forum for asylum seeker and refugee integration. He was a community leader who cared and gave his time, and he was, in his own rights, a champion for minority issues. I hope you enjoy this 2010 edition of Refugee Week in Norwich and Norfolk. It has something for all ages and interests, so come and judge by yourself! Pa Musa Jobarteh, Coordinator

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Meet some of our Refugee Week planning committee members

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Opening Event 2010 Refugee Week Monday 14th June | 11:00am-2:00pm This opening event will officially launch Refugee Week 2010 at the Council Chambers of Norwich City Council. Come and hear from our guests and keynote speakers from the Council and the voluntary sector. The event will be an opportunity to network with other participants and to be updated by event organisers about what is available throughout the week. Free food and drinks will be served, and some possible surprise entertainment.

LOCATION: Council Chambers, Norwich City Council, St Peters Street, NR2 1NH ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: The Bridge Plus+ and Asylum Voice of The British Red Cross

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Calendar of Events Date: Saturday 12th June Saturday 12th June Sunday 13th June Monday 14th June Monday 14th June Monday 14th June Monday 14th June Tuesday 15th June Tuesday 15th June Tuesday 15th June Tuesday 15th June Wednesday 16th June Wednesday 16th June Wednesday 16th June Wednesday 16th June Wednesday 16th June Thursday 17th June Thursday 17th June Thursday 17th June Thursday 17th June Friday 18th June Friday 18th June Friday 18th June Friday 18th June Saturday 19th June Saturday 19th June Sunday 20th June Sunday 20th June 7th - 20th June

Event: Bitterness, Anger, Resentment, Contempt and Disillusionment: Anglo-Polish Relations after Yalta Dad’s time Hands of Friendship Borrow me! The Human Library Refugee Week Launch Casablanca in Walsingham In Search of Europe’s Soul Food and Stories from Around the World Borrow me! The Human Library - in Great Yarmouth Princes, Paupers – and a Pope: A thousand years of refugees to Norfolk Asylum Dialogues Food and Stories from Around the World One Small Suitcase in North Walsham Borrow me! The Human Library - in Dereham Esau’s Story - a talk by Isabel Ingram Norwich, City of Refuge Borrow me! The Human Library - in Cromer Lunchtime Talk Refugee Week Special The Visitor Casablanca in Loddon Borrow me! The Human Library - in King’s Lynn Escape from Zimbabwe Bitterness, Anger, Resentment, Contempt and Disillusionment: Anglo-Polish Relations after Yalta Community Cuisines Borrow me! The Human Library - in Norwich One Small Suitcase in Great Yarmouth One Small Suitcase in Norwich Family Fun Day (closing event) Other Events throughout the week

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NOTES Please note that details of event times and programme details are correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Contact organising institutions nearer the time for updates. Sources: The sources of all key fact text boxes in this booklet, unless otherwise stated, are from the national Refugee Week website: www.refugeeweek.org.uk/InfoCentre/Facts Photo credits: all images used in this booklet are from previous local and Refugee Week events or were provided and published on behalf of the individual event organisers. 4 Visit http://bridgeplus.org.uk/html/refugee_week_2010.html for updated event information


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Dad’s time Saturday 12th June | 11:00am-12:00pm Stories and activities for dads and their children aged 3-8 (mums and other carers are welcome too). There will be stories and activities about moving to a new place, and what you would do to make someone feel welcome.

Bitterness, Anger, Resentment, Contempt and Disillusionment: Anglo-Polish Relations after Yalta Saturday 12th June | 11:00am-12:00pm

LOCATION: Children’s Library, Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no booking required SUITABILITY: 3-8 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service

An examination of the experience of the Polish community in Britain in the years after the Second World War. LOCATION: Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no booking required SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Norfolk Record Office

Hands of Friendship Sunday 13th June | 2:15-4:00pm Come along to this special Refugee Week event and help create a ‘hands of friendship’ poster. This event offers a great chance for children to explore themes such as friendship, safety, and welcoming new visitors. Whether you are getting messy for hand-print painting or sitting down for storytelling, ‘Hands of Friendship’ has something for everyone.

LOCATION: Children’s Library, Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no booking required SUITABILITY: 4-13 years old. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service

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Borrow me! The Human Library Monday 14th June | 10:00am-1:00pm

Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

Estimates of the UK’s refugee population suggest that it only amounts to 0.6% of the total UK population.

LOCATION: Thetford Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no need to book, just turn up SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich The late Councillor Herweard Cooke (left) at the 2006 event

ASYLUM SEEKERS ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE OF SAFETY: Asylum seekers do not come here for economic reasons. The top ten refugee-producing countries in 2003 all have poor human rights records or are places where war or conflict is ongoing. (Institute

for Public Policy Research, 2003). Under international law, anyone has the right to apply for asylum in the UK and to remain here until the authorities have assessed their asylum application. Therefore, there is no such thing as an ‘illegal’ or ‘bogus’asylum seeker.

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Refugee Week Launch 2010 Monday 14th June | 11:00am-2:00pm This opening event will officially launch Refugee Week 2010 at the Council Chambers of Norwich City Council. Come and hear from our guests and keynote speakers from the Council and the voluntary sector. The event will be an opportunity to network with other participants and to be updated by event organisers about what is available throughout the week. Free food and drinks will be served, and some possible surprise entertainment.

Casablanca

LOCATION: Council Chambers, Norwich City Council, St Peters Street, NR2 1NH ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: The Bridge Plus+ and Asylum Voice of The British Red Cross

In Search of Europe’s Soul Monday 14th June | 7:00-9:00pm

Monday 14th June | 7:00pm Staring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's classic love story - colourful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose café is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo, Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. LOCATION: Walsingham Picture Palace, ADMISSION COST: £3.50 BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES: 01328 820662 SUITABILITY: Cert U. ACCESSIBILITY: Approach Venue ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Creative Arts East and Walsingham Village Screen

The Brussels Poetry Collective set out to ignite some passion into the discourse over Europe’s true soul by commissioning some startling poetry from over 50 poets living in or exiled from Europe, including Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and 2006 Cervantes Prize winner Antonio Gamoneda. Collectively called the European Constitution in Verse, the resulting poems are critical, passionate and real. Come and experience them yourself by listening to work from International City of Refuge Writers in Residence Faraj Bayrakdar, Easterine Kire Iralu and Salem Zenia at this event. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

LOCATION: Fusion in the Forum, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Call Writers’ Centre Norwich on 01603 877177 to book your place. Tickets £4 on the door SUITABILITY: 16+. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Writers’ Centre Norwich

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Food and Stories from Around the World

Great Yarmouth

Borrow me! The Human Library Tuesday 15th June | 12:00-3.00pm

Tuesday 15th June | 10:00am-1:30pm Come along and share a meal with friends from different countries at this International Friendship Group.

LOCATION: North City Surestart Children’s Centre, Angel Road, Norwich NR33HZ ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: New Routes, International Friendship Group

Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

LOCATION: Great Yarmouth Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no need to book, just turn up SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich

FOOD FACTS: Has it ever occurred to you that there might be some “refugees” in your fridge? Garlic, for example, originally came from Central Asia and was frowned upon by the Americans until as recently as the 1940s. Our old friend the tomato is in fact a native of South America, and was greeted with suspicion by the British because they thought it was poisonous. Even the lowly

potato has roots in the mountains of South America, and was for a long time snubbed by Europeans because they considered it to be the food of the underclass. When you think about it, almost any dish you care to imagine includes ingredients that come from somewhere else. Just imagine how much less tasty our lives would be if these foods had stayed at home?

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Tuesday 15th June | 1:00-1:45pm This talk by Frank Meeres looks at how refugees are recorded within the 12 million documents held by the Norfolk Record Office. Ranging from Downham Market in the west to Great Yarmouth in the east, and from Cromer in the north to Thetford in the south, we look at the experiences of refugees themselves and also how they have been received in the county. There will be a display of original archive materials.

LOCATION: The Green Room, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ ADMISSION COST: Free, no booking required SUITABILITY: Open to all but more suitable for children aged 12+ and adults. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Record Office REFUGEES – CREDIT TO THE NATION: Rachel Weisz (actress); Omid Djalili (comedian and actor), Ben Elton (comedian and writer); Paul Hamlyn (publisher); Alan Yentob (BBC creative director); Alek Wek (model) - all refugees or the children of refugees. Refugees that have been based in the UK include world famous figures: Albert Einstein (physicist) Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst), Karl Marx (philosopher), Joseph Conrad (writer), Camille Pissarro (painter) & Mika (musician) but millions of ordinary people are forced to leave their countries every year. They are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Asylum Dialogues Tuesday 15th June | 7:30-8.30pm For one night only, catch this performance of IceAndFire’s theatre play Asylum Dialogues. Drawn from real life conversations with British Citizens and people they have met who are seeking sanctuary here – Asylum Dialogues highlights some of the many acts of solidarity shown by British people towards refugees living alongside them. The play was launched in June 2008 and has been touring the UK ever since. It is performed by Actors for Human Rights, IceAndFire’s network of professional actors dedicated to drawing public attention to contemporary human rights concerns. This production is brought to you by the Broadland Community Partnership. Income from ticket sales will be offered to community transport schemes to support disabled residents of Broadland to attend the event. Doors open at 6.45 pm. Tea and coffee will be available before the show. “Enlightening, amazing, heart-wrenching, exactly the kind of truth that should be presented on the British stage today”. Audience member, Liverpool LOCATION: Coronation Hall, Hawthorne Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6LD ADMISSION COST: £2. Free tea/coffee before the show. To book call 01603 430567 or email community.partnership@broadland.gov.uk SUITABILITY: Age suitability: 14+. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Broadland Community Partnership and The Bridge Plus +

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Photo: Ben Kelly

Princes, Paupers – and a Pope: A thousand years of refugees to Norfolk


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Food and Stories from Around the World Wednesday 16th June | 10:00am-1:30pm Come along and share a meal with friends from different countries at this International International Friendship Group.

LOCATION: Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Road, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: New Routes, International Friendship Group

One Small Suitcase Wednesday 16th June | 9:30-10:15am Refugees often have to leave many things behind when they go to a new country. If you had to leave home in a hurry, and could only take one small suitcase, what would you take? Join in with our craft and storytime session and see if you can fit your favourite things into one small suitcase.

LOCATION: North Walsham Library ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: 4-13 years old, Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service

Borrow me! The Human Library

Dereham

Wednesday 16th June | 12:00-3:00pm Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

LOCATION: Dereham Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no need to book, just turn up SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich 11 Refugees from the UK have won Nobel Prizes for science.

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Norwich, City of Refuge

Esau’s Story - a talk by Isabel Ingram

Wednesday 16th June | 2:00-3.30pm

Wednesday 16th June | 8pm

Join Frank Meeres for a walk through the centre of Norwich, looking at the lasting impact made on the city landscape and environment by refugees over many hundreds of years. Norwich has many fascinating stories to tell about refugees in its past: come along and learn about them.

Isabel Ingram tells the extraordinary story of Esau, a Ugandan asylum-seeker, from his incarceration in Rochester Prison and Yarlswood Detention Centre, through months and years of hearings and appeals to the final achievement of refugee status. Separated from his wife and children, and suffering the physical and emotional legacy of abuse from his home country, Isabel found Esau at his lowest point, within a void of deep despair. With a perfect blend of tenacity, strategy, and generous heart, Isabel supported Esau through the tortuous maze of asylum application, and has seen him and his reunited family establish themselves in London with full and fulfilling lives. This event is brought to you by the Norwich group of Amnesty International.

LOCATION: Meet at Edith Cavell Statue in Tombland, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free. Places are limited. To book, please call on (01603)222599 SUITABILITY: Family friendly event, people of all ages are welcome. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Record Office

LOCATION: Stanley Cooper Hall, Charing Cross Centre, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norwich Amnesty International Group

Many refugees have academic or teaching qualifications. There are more than 1,500 refugee teachers in England.

REFUGEES – CREDIT TO THE ECONOMY: Fish and chips, the Mini and Marks and Spencer, Burtons, Tilda Rice, Thorn EMI, Saatchi &

Saatchi and Patak Foods are all British institutions – created, invented and founded by refugees or their children.

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Borrow me! The Human Library Thursday 17th June | 12:00-3:00pm

Lunchtime Talk Refugee Week Special Thursday 17th June | 1:15-1:45pm

LOCATION: Cromer Library ADMISSION COST: Free, no need to book, just turn up SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich

“The British tradition of welcoming genuine refugees to this country is a great one, and I hope we continue to show this generosity of spirit in the future. Refugees who have come to this country have produced many of the things we regard as typically British, Marks and Spencer an excellent example. I hope Refugee Week is a great success.” David Cameron Prime Minister

Dr George Szirtes, Reader in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, will discuss the work of refugee poets and artists from the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The talk will explore the importance of the contribution of these refugees to the cultural scene in the UK, and look at the challenges they faced in adapting to a new way of life and a new writing language.

LOCATION: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR3 7TJ ADMISSION COST: Free, booking not required SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts “Refugee Week is a great way of celebrating the contribution refugees have made to arts, culture, economy and wider society. What better way of marking our commitment to a shared future together in an enriched United Kingdom. The positive and varied programme highlights not only the part played by refugees, but also reminds us of our proud history of welcoming them and the immense value of tolerance. Indeed, behind all the negative headlines live real people building for themselves new lives, fulfilling their potential, and improving our society for everyone. I send you all my best wishes.” Nick Clegg Duputy Prime Minister

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Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.


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Casablanca

The Visitor

Thursday 17th June | 7:30pm

Thursday 17th June | 8:30pm

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman “With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a tortuous, roundabout refugee trail sprang up - Paris to Marseilles... across the Mediterranean to Oran... then by train, or auto, or foot across the rim of Africa, to Casablanca in French Morocco...” World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's classic love story - colourful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose café is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo, Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue.

In McCarthy's follow-up to his award-winning debut “the Station Agent”, Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) stars as widower Walter Vale who discovers that a young immigrant couple, Tarek (Sleiman) and Zainab (Gurira), have been scammed into illegally renting his vacant flat in New York City. Walter agrees to let them stay until they find a place and soon Walter and Tarek form a friendship. When Tarek is confined to a detention centre, and his mother arrives in search of him, Walter's emotional commitment to Tarek's case is sealed. As the four people struggle to deal with the stark realities of the US immigration system and their own individual lives, their shared humanity is revealed in awkward, humorous and dramatic ways.

LOCATION: Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon, NR14 6NB ADMISSION COST: Charity screening for residents of sheltered accommodation and local day centres. We would welcome approaches from day centres, managers of sheltered accommodation or other voluntary groups who would like their members to be invited BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES: 01508 522020 or loddoncommunitycinema@yahoo.co.uk SUITABILITY: Cert U. ACCESSIBILITY: Approach Venue ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Creative Arts East and Walsingham Village Screen

LOCATION: Cinema City, Norwich ADMISSION COST: £8 (Full price); £6 (members); £4.50 (Concessionary member); £5.50 (Concessions) SUITABILITY: Cert 15. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users. ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Cinema City

DID YOU KNOW? Two thirds of the world’s refugees are living in developing countries, often in camps. Africa and Asia between them host over 60% of the world’s refugees. Europe looks after just 25%. The UK is home to less than 3% of the world’s refugees around 270,000 out of nearly 10 million worldwide. In 2000, the UK ranked 32nd in the table of the world’s refugee hosting countries on the basis of size, wealth and relative populations (Statistics from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

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Borrow me! The Human Library

Escape from Zimbabwe.

Friday 18th June | 12:00-3.00pm

Friday 18th June | 1:00-1:45pm

Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

As part of their Lunchbox meetings, Norwich & District members of the United Nations Association welcome you to meet Rose Mujaranji, a refugee from Zimbabwe. She will be interviewed by Stephen Rees, of the Justice and Peace Group. Rose fled in fear for her life, threatened by Zanu-PF supporters of President Robert Mugabe. Her relatives were known to favour the Prime Minister’s Movement for Democratic Change. Despite a government of national unity, hostility towards people resistant to Mr Mugabe erupts in uncontrolled violence.The United Nations Association respects the universal human right of asylum for anyone whose life is threatened by endemic violence in their native country. Because of her difficult journey to cousins in Britain, Rose was consigned to Yarls Wood Detention Centre awaiting return to Zimbabwe. She still does not know if she will be granted leave to remain in this country. Guests can bring their own lunch and tea/coffee/biscuits will be available from 12.15pm.

LOCATION: King’s Lynn Library ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich

LOCATION: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW ADMISSION COST: Admission is free, and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch, any time from 12:15pm. A £2 donation is invited for a hot drink and biscuit. SUITABILITY: Adults. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users. ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norwich United Nations Association

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Bitterness, Anger, Community Resentment, Cuisines Contempt and Friday 18 June | 5:00-10:00pm Disillusionment': Celebrating diversity through food. Food is one of the most important and visible symbols of cultural Anglo-Polish heritage and diversity. This is a free event so come and engage with community members and build Relations after Yalta along bridges. With plenty of food and complementary th

Friday 18th June | 1:00-1:45pm An examination of the experience of the Polish community in Britain in the years after the Second World War.

LOCATION: The Green Room, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ ADMISSION COST: Free, no booking required SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Norfolk Record Office

WHO’S WHO? ASYLUM SEEKER: Someone who is fleeing persecution in their homeland, has arrived in another country, made themselves known to the authorities and exercised the legal right to apply for asylum. REFUGEE: Someone whose asylum application has been successful and who is allowed to stay in another country having proved they would face persecution back home.

taster therapies, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet and share a meal with people from around the world. LOCATION: The Narthex, St. John’s Cathedral, Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2PA ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: The Bridge Plus+ and Asylum Voice of The British Red Cross, New Routes, Norwich and Central Norfolk MIND.

‘FAILED’ ASYLUM SEEKER: A person whose asylum application has failed and who has no other protection claim awaiting a decision. Some refused asylum seekers voluntarily return home, others are forcibly returned and for some it is not safe or practical for them to return until conditions in their country change. ECONOMIC MIGRANT: Someone who has moved to another country to work.

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Norwich & Norfolk Refugee Week 2010: 14th–20th June Norwich

Borrow me! The Human Library

One Small Suitcase Saturday 19th June | 10:30-11:30am

Saturday 19th June | 12:00-5.00pm Imagine borrowing a person from your local library in the same way you would borrow a book. How easily would you ‘read’ the book? Would you find what you expected to, and can you really judge a book by its cover? During Refugee Week 2010 you’ll have the opportunity to find out - you can borrow a ‘human book’, and read it; which means chatting, asking questions and discovering whole new worlds. As it is Refugee Week all of the ‘books’ on loan will have some connection to that theme. This event has had a great effect on participants across the world and is not to be missed. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme.

LOCATION: Outside the Forum, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service & Writers’ Centre Norwich

Refugees often have to leave many things behind when they go to a new country. If you had to leave home in a hurry, and could only take one small suitcase, what would you take? Join in with our craft and storytime session and see if you can fit your favourite things into one small suitcase.

LOCATION: Great Yarmouth Library ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: 4-13 years old, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service More than 1,100 medically qualified refugees are recorded on the British Medical Association’s database. It only costs £10,000 to prepare a refugee doctor to practise in the UK. It costs £250,000 to train a [home grown] doctor from scratch.

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Norwich & Norfolk Refugee Week 2010: 14th–20th June

One Small Suitcase Sunday 20th June | 2:00-4:00pm

Family Fun Day (closing event) Sunday 20th June | 11:00am-6:00pm

Refugees often have to leave many things behind when they go to a new country. If you had to leave home in a hurry, and could only take one small suitcase, what would you take? Join in with our craft and storytime session and see if you can fit your favourite things into one small suitcase.

LOCATION: Children’s Library, Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: 4-13 years old, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service

A day of activities, individual family picnic, music, games, face painting, trampoline etc and share of ideas.

LOCATION: Eaton Park ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: British Red Cross Under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention people have the right to apply for protection in the UK.

“Compassion has long been a part of British culture, and Britons are proud of our history of providing refuge to people seeking sanctuary and of the vibrant communities that refugees have helped to build. Refugee Week is a celebration of the diverse contribution of refugees to our society, and a week with an important role to play in fostering greater understanding between all of our communities. It is also a time when all those who continue to live in fear of persecution are at the fore front of our minds, and I know that Britain will continue to offer a safe haven to people fleeing desperate situations in the years to come.” Gordon Brown Former Prime Minister Visit http://bridgeplus.org.uk/html/refugee_week_2010.html for updated event information 17

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Norwich & Norfolk Refugee Week 2010: 14th–20th June

Events running throughout the week Other People’s Shoes: Digital Stories from Norwich and Norfolk 7th-11th June | Daily screenings, 10:00am-5:00pm We challenged groups of Norwich and Norfolk residents to reveal what they think about home, borders, identity, belonging and human rights. With the help of BBC Voices, they responded with a series of short digital stories using film, photographs, music and words to give their views. The results are thought-proving and moving. The perfect introduction to Refugee Week 2010, this is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme. LOCATION: Fusion in the Forum, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Writers’ Centre Norwich and BBC Voices

Norwich, City of Refuge; Welcome to Norfolk A podcast th th 13th-20th June This podcast provides a walking tour of Norwich city centre, looking at the lasting impact refugees have made on the city landscape and environment over many hundreds of years. There are 11 stops on the walk, which should last approximately 90 minutes. It starts at the Erpingham Gate, Norwich Cathedral Close, and finishes at Norwich Roman Catholic Cathedral. It can be downloaded on to an MP3 player to allow you to complete the walk at your own leisure. It can be downloaded from the Norfolk Record Office website http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk

14 -20 June | Mon-Fri 9.00am 8.00pm, Saturday 9.00am -5.00pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm What would you do to make a refugee welcome? Write or draw your idea on luggage labels and we will include it in a welcoming display and show it to lots of people.

LOCATION: Children’s Library, Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Library and Information Service

ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Record Office

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Norwich & Norfolk Refugee Week 2010: 14th–20th June

Events running throughout the week Refugee Week coverage on Future Radio

Discovering refugee history

Previews | 7th-13th June Full coverage | 14th-20th June

13th-20th June | 7:00am-12midnight

Future Radio, Norwich’s community radio station (107.8 & 96.9FM, www.futureradio.co.uk) will be providing comprehensive coverage of this year’s Refugee Week programme. Tune in from 7th June to hear interviews with event organisers, local artists, and refugees, as well as special features, arts coverage, and information on all the events taking place. Future Radio has recently finished two training programmes with Congolese and Iraqi refugee groups, and they will be producing special shows which will air during Refugee Week. Other features will be broadcast on the Community Chest shows (weekday mornings) and Platform (Sundays at 5pm). For more information on Future Radio’s coverage, and to listen again to podcasts, head to www.futureradio.co.uk/refugeeweek SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Future Radio

Throughout the entire week a display of six panels will highlight the history of refugees to Norwich from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth century. Each of the panels will include information on the history of some of these refugees, along with a museum artefact, a library object or a document from the Norfolk Record Office, to illustrate their story. Each of the items included have been chosen by current refugees and asylum seekers. The panels have been produced by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, Norfolk Library and Information Service and Norfolk Record Office. LOCATION: Outside the Norfolk and Norwich Millenium Library, The Forum, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Library and Information Service and Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

Letters to Europe Digital Stories from Norwich and Norfolk 14th-18th June | Daily screenings, 10:00am-5:00pm What do young people think about Europe in the 21st Century? What are their hopes and fears? Fusion’s multi-screens offer you an impressive space to find out in this digital exhibition of films, the outcome of our work with school children across Norfolk. The students’ creative responses have resulted in beautiful and poignant work and they run alongside films by young people from Norwich’s European partner cities. A chance to look at your home from a new perspective, lit up brilliantly on the big screen. This is a Shahrazad event, supported by the EU Culture Programme. LOCATION: Fusion,The Forum, Norwich ADMISSION COST: Free SUITABILITY: Suitable for all. ACCESSIBILITY: Fully accessible for all users ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS: Writers’ Centre Norwich The UK hosts 2% of the world’s 10 million refugees.

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