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Refugee Festival 2007

Thanks to the support the Refugee Council, Milly Apthorp Charitable Trust, Barnet Small Grants, the Children’s Fund, Whitefield School and the determination of refugee community members and organisations, Barnet Refugee Forum was able to deliver a highly successful festival that, was the largest and liveliest we have ever held with over 1000 people from 45 different countries. Barnet Refugee Service coordinated this event.

The festival took place on 24th June 2007 at Whitefield School. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the achievements of refugees in the UK”.


The highlight of the day included:
  • An exhibition on why people seek sanctuary prepared by students of Whitefield School
  • Presentation by Mayor Ken Livingstone of the Young Refugee Achievement Awards to 10 outstanding young refugees
  • An entertainment programme including many musical and dance performances from Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kurdistan, Somalia. and many more
  • Stalls by service providers with bilingual volunteers with local services such as the PCT, Council, Fire Service, Police, Barnet College, Learn Direct, Refugee organisations all represented
  • A cultural exhibition demonstration the rich variety of art and crafts these communities bring with a display of Afghan, Somali and Sudanese handicrafts, Indian saris and Iranian and Afghan art
  • Under 16 and over 16 6-a-side football tournament with 24 teams competing
  • Children’s disco for younger children, bouncy castles, computer games, karaoke and dance machines,
  • Participation workshops including street dance and African drumming
  • Speakers including Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and the Deputy Mayor of Barnet

To view the pictures of refugee Festival 2007  please click here.
To view the pictures of refugee Festival 2006  please click here.
To view the pictures of refugee Festival 2005  please click here.


A Message From Our Patron

Last year I visited the Barnet Refugee Service, and met the trustees, the staff and some of the volunteers and clients.  I was moved and impressed by the real difference BRS has made to so many lives.

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