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Cultures, Crossings, and Communities

To mark Refugee Week 2022 in a year where ‘home’ and sanctuary seem to be more important than ever, the festival is working with Asylum Welcome and with Oxford’s thriving network of refugee community organisations to host an all-day bazaar featuring several communities, including the Oxford North African Community, Oxford Sudanese Supplementary School, Syrian Sisters, Iraqi Women Art and War, Oxfordshire Asian Women’s Voice, BK LUWO Group and Refugee Resource Women’s Group, who will sell food and other goods, share their art and music, and raise awareness about the valuable work each group undertakes in out community. Students from diverse communities from local schools will hold open discussions from their own perspectives; and there will be workshops on the qanun with Syrian musician Maya Youssef.

At 4pm there will be a panel chaired by BBC Political Correspondent Rob Watson, with guests including Lib Dem MP Layla Moran, Afghan children’s rights activists Freshta Karim, long-time Leader/Shadow Leader of House of Lords, Baroness Jan Royall, Principal of Somerville College (one of Oxford University’s two Colleges of Sanctuary), Labour City Councillor Dr Hosnieh Djari-Marbini and Director of Asylum Welcome, Mark Goldring CBE. 

Entrance is free
Please bring cash to purchase food and other items at the market stalls.

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