Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June.
The Octagon is a Theatre of Sanctuary, which means we have been recognised for the work we do in supporting and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. As part of our commitment to this we run our Women’s Theatre Group for refugees and asylum seekers (funded by Bolton CVS and John Thaw Foundation) and offer a number of free bursary places to our Youth Theatre for young people from Refugee background.
Usually as part of celebration of Refugee Week we would invite people to come together and share in food, theatre and experiences. Due to social distancing guidelines this won’t be possible, so this year our Women’s group are working on a film to share online created in partnership with BSCA. We will be aiming to share the film later this week – so please do keep an eye on our social media accounts for when it will be released.
Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.
There are several organisations & charities in Bolton that support Refugees including:
The Destitution ProjectAlthough their usual in person drop in service is paused during Covid-19 pandemic they are still working remotely - find out more here.
BSCA - Bolton Solidatory Community Association A self-help voluntary organisation that has been set up to tackle and reduce the problems facing the new emerging communities in Bolton - find out more