Freedom from Torture - Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees.

Freedom from Torture is one of 19 partner organisations leading the 20th year of Refugee Week in the UK. Hundreds of arts, cultural and educational events will be held nationwide to celebrate the contribution of refugees and the UK's role in providing a sanctuary, including many organised by Freedom from Torture and our supporters.

The majority of our clients are refugees or asylum seekers, seeking to rebuild their lives in safety after fleeing torture. We hope you'll join us in sending a message of welcome and support by joining us at one of the events across the country and taking part in our welcome campaign, #SharingMySanctuary, featured below.


As part of our Refugee Week celebrations, we’re inviting you to let refugees know they are welcome in the UK with a personal message of welcome. 

On 20 June, we're inviting people to help us create a huge #SharingMySanctuary banner in Parliament Square, decorated with these messages. Join us and invite your MP along too. Or if you can't attend in person, ask your MP to attend on your behalf.

Alternatively, share what sanctuary means to you on social media using the hashtag #SharingMySanctuary. It could be a place, a poem, a word – it can be anything that describes your sanctuary or why you believe it is important for the UK to be a sanctuary for people fleeing persecution. Be creative, there is no right or wrong!  

Live #SharingMySanctuary feed

Refugee Week 2018 Events
Write to Life: 20 pieces for 20 years

#WritetoLife is celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week by sharing 20 powerful pieces from two decades of writing by survivors of torture

Check out our website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on Refugee Week and see the events, news and blogs below for info on planned activities. Join us in celebrating the contribution of refugees this year.

For full details of what is happening across the UK, head over to the Refugee Week website.

Photos from the Southbank during Refugee Week 2017