Refugee Week Greece Festival 2024 – The Festival of the Communities returns for the 3rd year under the theme “Our Home”

14 – 23 June 2024

Launch in Athens, Friday 14th June

Launch for our highlighted city for 2024, Heraklion, Crete 15th and 16th June

Refugee Week Greece returns for its third year, continuing to amplify the global movement celebrating the resilience, diversity, and creativity of individuals who have experienced forced displacement. This cultural festival honours refugees and migrants contributions and authentic stories, taking place annually to coincide with World Refugee Day on June 20th.

 

Our mission is to embrace and celebrate the rich tapestry of our diverse community, acknowledging the unique contributions of each individual. Through a week-long program of diverse events, activities, and workshops, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by displaced individuals and highlight the positive impact they make.

“To me, a home is where you feel loved, safe, and cherished.”- Malala Yousafzai

Finding a home today presents a significant challenge for displaced communities. Recognising the critical importance of having a home for all—both new arrivals and long-time residents of our cities—is essential. We understand the difficulties many face in securing a safe place to live, and this awareness drives our commitment to addressing this pressing issue.

Refugee Week 2024 embraces the theme of “Our Home,” inviting everyone to reflect on the essence of home. From the communal spaces where we share meals to our shared planet, Earth, we celebrate what home means to each of us. Together, let’s strive to ensure that everyone has access to a safe and sustainable home. Through collective effort and solidarity, we can build a better future for everyone.

This year, we are encouraging everyone to make your events plastic-free, and we invite you all to pledge your support for a plastic-free Refugee Week Greece. To assist in this effort, we are providing a Plastic Free Guide to all organisers and attendees. We will also provide tips and advice to help them plan accordingly and inform them about the available facilities, ensuring they come ready to support our sustainable initiative.

Refugee Week Greece aims to foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders to promote a positive message for refugees and migrants, inspiring collective action toward more inclusive societies. Engagement in community activities in integrated spaces provides opportunities to learn new skills, refine hobbies, and enhance confidence. Active participation in community endeavours fosters personal development and a sense of contribution, offering fulfilment and meaning through projects that benefit society.

Refugee Week 2024 is 17–23 June, join us!

Launch in Athens, Friday 14th June

Launch for our Highlighted City for 2024, Heraklion, Crete 15th and 16th June

“Through each activity, I felt like I was transported between different realms, moving from the realm of fiction to the realm of action, from community theatre to an art workshop, from children’s creative endeavours to women’s empowerment talks, films and music, from delving into history and tradition to experiencing both anxiety but mostly hope for the future.” – Refugee Week Greece audience member

Refugee Week Greece 2024 will feature various events & activities, with highlights including:

  • Friday 14th June, Launch Event in Athens – Screenings “The Swimmers”
  • Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16, Official Opening: “2nd Multicultural Festival: Tastes & Melodies of the World, in Heraklion”, Crete, as the honoured city of this year’s festival, in collaboration with the Municipality of Heraklion – Council for the Integration of Immigrants & Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – “HELIOS” Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • Monday 17th June, Pixida Films Launch Screening Event ‘Crossings’ in Athens
  • Wednesday 19th June, “Together in Sport – Together in Taekwondo”, METAdrasi & Hellenic Olympic Committee (“Together in Sport – Phase II Project”), Panathenaic Stadium, METAdrasi, Hellenic Olympic Committee, Hellenic Taekwondo Federation, Olympic Museum, UNHCR Greece
  • Thursday 20th June, Community Event “Our home, our neighbourhood”, Ampelokipoi Park, Athens Coordination Center for Migrant & Refugee issues (ACCMR)

Refugee Week is a global movement with festivals taking place in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Malta, Taiwan, Republic of Ireland, South Africa and many more (17 countries in total)

The initiative is a cultural festival, part of a dynamic global movement, and promotes the contribution, creativity and resilience of people who have experienced displacement, refugees and migrants and people seeking refuge. The Festival  is co-organised and co-produced by Counterpoints Greece and We are Community and is implemented under the Auspices of the City of Athens, supported by OPANDA.

Our work is supported by our Steering Group members organisations: Choose Love, Comicdom, Counterpoints, Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Melissa Network, Network for Children’s Rights, SolidarityNow, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Greece, UNICEF and We Are Community.

We also work in partnership with the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR) for the design and the production of the Community Event (20th June).

We would like to thank our Youth Board of Refugee Week Greece 2024 for their dynamic energy and passion. They drive every aspect of the event, ensuring it resonates with the evolving needs of displaced youth. As advocates, they champion their peers’ perspectives and inspire positive change, serving as role models for a more inclusive society.

We also extend a heartfelt gratitude to the organisations that have been steadfast allies in our mission to celebrate diversity and promote understanding. Their unwavering support and collaboration have been instrumental in shaping Refugee Week Greece into a dynamic and impactful cultural festival that brings communities together and amplifies the voices of those seeking refuge.

Publicity Material

 

All Publicity Material and images can be found HERE

Please use credits: Refugee Week Greece

Hashtags: #RefugeeWeekGreece #RefugeeWeekGreece2024 #OurHome

Statistics from 2023

  • 132 events
  • 1 advocacy roundtable discussion
  • 2 online exhibitions
  • 45 film screenings
  • 2,500 participants
  • 120 organisations involved
  • 43 up and coming artists of the diaspora

For more information and Press Enquiries please contact  Dina Ntziora – Senior Producer

[email protected] +30 698 30 50 292

Refugee Week Greece film 2023 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XTtnSm-icw&t=30s

Social Media Instagram: @refugeeweekgreece | Facebook: @refugeeweekgreece | LinkedIn: @refugee-week-greece | website: www.refugeeweek.gr

Detailed Programme of Events:

https://refugeeweek.gr/

 

Participating organisations

Amnesty International Greece

AMURT- AMURTEL HELLAS

Apostoli NGO

Armonia Project

Artifactory

Athena Institute

Athens Olympic Museum

Athens Photowalkers

Caritas Athens

Choose Love

Comicdom

Counterpoints Arts Greece

Diversity United

EKPA, Athens Medical School-Postgraduate in Disaster Medicine and Global Health

EPAPSY / ΕΠΑΨΥ

FreeMovement Skateboarding

Greek Council for Refugees

Greek Forum of Migrants

Greek Wrestling Federation

Hellenic Olympic Committee

Hidden Goddess

Hip Hop 4 Hope

Institut français de Grèce

Inter Alia

IOM

Ithaca

KEM- Centre of integration of migrants in the municipality of Athens

KMOP-Social Action and Innovation Centre

Lighthouse Relief

Love Without Borders-For Refugees In Need

Melissa Network

METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development

Myrtillo

Network for Children’s Rights

Opanda- Paidiki Library

Opanda- Vrefiki Library

Organisation Earth

Pigi Koinsep

Pixida Films

PR.A.K.S.I.S. – Programs of Development, Social Support and medical Cooperation

Project Αρμονία

RAD Music International

Relica -Erasmus+ project 5 organisations

Revma – A moving creative society

S.m.an.- Society for the care of minors and youth

SolidarityNow

Theognis Megara

Ukrainian Women in Greece

UNHCR Field Office Samos

UNHCR Greece

UNICEF

Velos Youth

Velos Youth

Victoria Community Centre

We are Community

Zeuxis

Αποστολή NGO

Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα – Ελληνικό Τμήμα

Διεθνής Αμνηστία

Διεθνής Οργανισμός Μετανάστευσης (ΔΟΜ)

Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού

Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Πάλης

Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Μεταναστών

Ένωση Ουκρανών Γυναικών

ΕΠΑΨΥ – Εταιρεία Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης και Ψυχικής Υγείας

ΚΑΡΠΟΣ

Κέντρο Ένταξης Μεταναστών (ΚΕΜ) του Δήμου Αθηναίων

Κέντρο Ημέρας Βαβέλ/Συν-ειρμός ΑμΚΕ Κοιν. Αλληλεγγύης (με την υποστήριξη του Ιδρύματος Σταύρος Νιάρχος)

Κέντρο Συντονισμού του Δήμου Αθηναίων για θέματα Μεταναστών και Προσφύγων | ACCMR

ΜΕΤΑδραση – Δράση για τη Μετανάστευση και την Ανάπτυξη

Ολυμπιακό Μουσείο Αθήνας

Οργανισμός Πολιτισμού, Αθλητισμού και Νεολαίας του Δήμου Αθηναίων – Βρεφική Βιβλιοθήκη

Οργανισμός Πολιτισμού, Αθλητισμού και Νεολαίας του Δήμου Αθηναίων – Παιδική Βιβλιοθήκη

Οργάνωση Γή

ΠΗΓΗ ΚΟΙΝΣΕΠ

ΠΜΣ “Παγκόσμια Υγεία- Ιατρική Των Καταστροφών” της Ιατρικής Σχολής του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών

Πολιτιστικός Σύλλογος Μεγάρων, «Ο Θέογνις»

ΣΜΑΝ – Σύλλογος Μερίμνης Ανηλίκων

ΣΥΝΥΠΑΡΞΙΣ – ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΠΡΟΣΦΥΓΩΝ / SYNYPARXIS – Ecumenical Refugee Programme

Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ για τους Πρόσφυγες (UNHCR)