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June 2005
At home in the 'Broad Ford'
refugee week 20 - 26 june 2005
Refugee Week 2005 in Bradford takes place between 20-26 June

Did you know refugees have been coming to West Yorkshire for centuries? It's their contribution which is being marked with Refugee Week 2005. Now in its eighth year, it kicks-off at Bradford Mela and continues with music, parades and workshops throughout the week.

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Refugee Week is a national event which raises awareness about issues surrounding asylum. It celebrates contributions made over centuries by people who have sought asylum.

The week begins at Bradford Mela in Peel Park on June 18th and 19th. A stall will have all the latest news about what's happening in the week.

Centenary Square in Bradford city centre is the centre of attention from noon on Monday 20th June. There will be face painting for children, performances by the Kurdish Newroz Group and African Drummers and the Lord Mayor will also give a speech.

The Writers Company presents The Broad Ford - "a celebration of ten centuries of immigration" - the following day at the Love Apple bar.

Banner Theatre bring their 30th Anniversary Production, called Wild Geese, to Bradford on the Wednesday. The Bradford Festival-sponsored event features two free performances at 1pm and 7.30pm at Ventnor Hall.

Two picnics - Teddy Bears' Picnic and African Community Support Project picnic for women and children - take place at Lister Park from noon till 3pm on Thursday 23rd June. On a busy day, there will be a healthcare forum for refugees and asylum seekers to share their experiences at Leeds Road hospital.

Author Adrian Bell will also talk about his research into 4000 children from the Basque region of Spain who were sent to Britain to escape problems in their region in 1937. Out of the 4000 sent, 250 spent the rest of their lives in Bradford. The free talk takes place at Shipley Library at 7.30pm and accompanies the exhibition on Refugee Week at the library.

In Halifax on the same day, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts hosts Rings Around The World. The event is a collaboration between Square Chapel's Inclusive Arts project and Cragg Vale Gamelan. Over the last few weeks asylum seekers and refugees have been taught how to make Indonesian-inspired music and the event will see them give a free live performance along.

The following day Peacemakers on Manchester Road are holding an event of arts and crafts, tattooing and cooking and eating. It takes place between 2-5pm and is free to anyone.

The Lord Mayor's Parade takes place on Saturday 25th June and the Bradford Action For Refugees Welcome Group are taking part. There is also a football tournament on the same day at McMillan Pitch on Trinity Road at 4pm - all players are welcome.

Refugee Week ends on Sunday 26th June with a a drop-in workshop at Cartwright Hall called Home Is Where The Heart Is. The workshop will help visitors turn thoughts and ideas into images and collages which they can take home. The final event of the week sees storytelling in French and English, songs of peace, food and a traditional African marriage presentation as part of Refugee Week Africa at Central Division Working Mens' Club off Manchester Road.

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