The theme for this year’s national Refugee Week is the “we cannot walk alone” a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr. Hastings & Bexhill will celebrate refugee week with a series of activities

Panel Discussion: Stitch For Change Expression & Togetherness, Monday 14th June, 6pm

We kick off Refugee Week with a Panel discussion – Stitch For Change Expression & Togetherness

Join some of the key organisers of DLWP’s current exhibition All in the Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories for a lively discussion about how quilt-making became a space for expression and togetherness online during the first COVID-19 lockdown, and the project’s inspiration – the tradition of Chilean arpillera-making, brought to life by guest speaker Roberta Bacic. Book your place in plenty of time. follow the link above.

All In The Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories. First Floor Gallery. De La Warr Pavilion.

Drinks Recipes

Each day on our social media channels we will be sharing a drink recipe from the local refugee community, including Sudanese, Kurdish, Syrian and Somali delights!

Geocache

We have been working in conjunction with local organisation Culture shift as part of a wider project celebrating England’s Creative Coast. We were asked to create and secrete a geocache in a Hastings location that holds meaning for us. Designed and built by members of our community, the cache will reveal stories of refuge and resettlement through the objects and digital content hidden inside. But first, you must find it! The fun starts on May 29th, 2021. Download the Geocaching app on your phone and search for the England’s Creative Coast Geotour. Pop on some walking shoes and seek out our cache “A Home from Home” concealed in a beautiful local beauty spot.  

To participate in the geocache you need to download the GeoCache app via the App Store or GooglePlay, Geo Tour, code GT4A5

Wonderfill Windows

Imagine the future! Headlines we would love to see. Come and see messages of hope from our community, curated by Sudanese architecture student Fatima Elaysi and post your photos on social media #RefugeesWelcome #RefugeeWeek2021

Location: Wonderfill, 35 Kings Road St Leonards on Sea.

Mural on the seafront as part of Paint The Prom. By Sarah Gomes-Harris and Helen Dodaki

Seafront Mural

Painted by animator Sarah Gomes-Harris and Kurdish artist Helen Dodaki. Come and see the mural and post your photos on social media #RefugeesWelcome #RefugeeWeek2021

Location: Booth Number 5, Goat Ledge, St Leonards on Sea.

All In The Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories Exhibition

Set against the traumatic backdrop of COVID-19 and the resulting need for individuals and communities to support one another through it, we initiated an online version of Stitch for Change, a project that began in late 2019 to bring people together through storytelling and making.

We received 95 patchwork squares from people across the community, including those seeking refuge, volunteers, and Supported Education students from Hastings College. This collaboration tells diverse stories of life under the shadow of COVID-19 through hand-stitched patchwork squares that reveal tales of resistance, change, togetherness, isolation, loss and home.

Location: First Floor Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill.