Gateshead Millennium bridge to be lit up orange to launch Gateshead Refugee Week celebrations.
This year, refugee week is celebrating its 25th anniversary across the UK.
Its theme this year is compassion.
Gateshead Refugee Week events will take place 19 to 25 June 2023.
Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts and culture festival that celebrates creativity, resilience, and contributions of refugees.
Refugee week 2023 aims to unite the nation by inviting people to put their compassion into action and to make new connections through arts and culture.
It aims to do this through local festivals, compelling exhibitions, moving performances, delightful culinary experiences, hikes and more.
These events aim to inspire audiences and convey the shared human experiences that bind us all together.
The programme in Newcastle and Gateshead
There’s a packed programme of free events for people in Newcastle and Gateshead to enjoy including:
Performances, yoga, games, and the return of storytelling in the pop-up colourful caravan will take place with the Curious Monkey Theatre Group at the Magic Hat Café
A series of events, exhibitions and workshops at Baltic, a recognised Gallery of Sanctuary, will explore what compassion looks like in action.
At Baltic, the Level 5 Viewing Box glass window will also transform with a vinyl artwork by Migrants in Culture. This features an orange heart (a symbol of solidarity with refugees) with a placard displaying “end the hostile environment”.
Tyne and Wear Museums are offering exhibitions and hands-on craft workshops.
At their workshops you can learn how people from different cultures make and craft beautiful objects
There will be family-friendly sessions at Newcastle City Library, which includes a teddy bear’s picnic.
At Newcastle University, an event will give people the chance to develop some circus skills.
Find out more about events in your area here.
This article is based on a Press Release.