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June 23, 2022

LRMN celebrates sanctuary this Refugee Week

LRMN will mark this year’s Refugee Week with two events across south-east London to celebrate our efforts to make Lewisham and Greenwich into boroughs off sanctuary.

Boroughs of sanctuary

In Greenwich, we have joined forces with the Greenwich Borough of Sanctuary group to launch their new report on challenges faced by people from migrant, refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Greenwich at the National Maritime Museum

The ‘Voices of Sanctuary’ event will take place on Thursday 23rd June, from 3-4:30pm in the Seminar Room of the National Maritime Museum. 

In Lewisham, we are taking part in an all day event called ‘Celebrating Sanctuary’ at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. 

Everyone is welcome to join the fun-filled festival on Saturday 25th June, which will run from 1pm – 5pm.

As part of the offering, LRMN’s Women’s Group will perform a short play called ‘This London’, documenting their experience of rebuilding their lives in the UK. 

Following this, a workshop on sanctuary will give guests an opportunity to learn more about building welcoming and safe communities!

The whole community is invited to join the festival, which is part of the Lewisham Borough of Culture programme. It is a collaborative festival organised by and featuring Create Without Borders, Lewisham Council, Counterpoints Arts, Lewisham Borough of Sanctuary, Hope in the Heart, Flotsam Sessions, and more. 

This year’s Refugee Week marks 10 years since politicians announced plans to create a ‘Hostile Environment’ against migrants and refugees. The Borough of Sanctuary movement directly challenges this culture of hostility, transforming Lewisham and Greenwich into places that are welcoming and safe, promoting integration and a sense of belonging for refugee, asylum seeker and migrant communities.

Find out more about what’s happening in Greenwich here and more about Lewisham here