Celebrate Refugee Week – free event at The Core


Next week is Refugee Week – a UK-wide festival which celebrates the contributions of refugees – and Solihull Council has organised a free event for people to learn more about refugees in Solihull and the West Midlands. Taking place at The Core on Wednesday 22 June, 12pm-6pm, the event supports this year’s theme of ‘Healing’ through creativity and conversations and includes an animated short film screening, live music performances from local bands and fun activities.

What’s on:

  • Live music performances from Caribbean Regals Steelband’s and Ukrainian band, Cov Kozaks
  • ‘In Solidarity - The Migration Blanket’ – a short, animated film by award-winning artist, Salma Zulfiqar, that shows hardships faced by refugees during the pandemic.
  • Snacks and treats from different cultures
  • Personal stories and poetry from refugees
  • Art exhibitions
  • Library reading displays
  • ‘Yoga bugs’ children’s yoga session
  • Kite making, mosaic workshops and face painting

Activities and entertainment will be held in The Core Theatre, studio, gallery and foyer.

The Deputy Mayor for Solihull, Cllr Joe Tildesley, who is welcoming people to the event said:

“Recently, we have welcomed people from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Building a safe and supportive environment for all those who come to our borough as refugees is incredibly important.

“I would really encourage anyone who can come along to this free event to do so – whether it’s 10 minutes on your lunch break, at the end of the school day, or a family day out. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and even more to learn.

You can register your attendance on Eventbrite here or drop in on the day.

For further information, please email refugees@solihull.gov.uk