Refugee Week launched in Norwich tonight

Pa musa, event co-ordinator, David Jessup, senior service manager for the Red Cross and musician Sef

Pa musa, event co-ordinator, David Jessup, senior service manager for the Red Cross and musician Sefo kanuteh at the launch of Norwich Refugee Week. Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Refugees have played a key role in the history of Norwich and a week celebrating their contributions to society kicked off at City Hall tonight.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of events, which runs until June 23.

Shenaz Kedar, regional coordinator for Refugee Week in the East, said highlights in Norwich included a talk with former refugee Joe Stirling, from 6pm tomorrow at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

Mr Stirling rebuilt his life in Norwich having fled Nazi persecution and became the city's sheriff.

Other events include performance workshops, film screenings, community cuisines and, on Sunday, June 22, Frank Meeres, from the Norfolk Record Office, will be hosting a walk through the centre of Norwich, looking at the lasting impact made by refugees over hundreds of years.


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An exhibition of portraits of older refugees from the East will be on display at the Forum, from June 23 to July 6.

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