Marking Refugee Week 2022

We are delighted to be hosting a variety of events and activities to mark Refugee Week 2022.

Flee (15) + Storytelling Supper Club Event

Animated image of a man against a patterned background. The text reads 'Flee screening plus storytelling supper club'

The evening includes:

  • A screening of Flee (15), a stunning animation that tells the story of Amin Nawabi’s extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.
  • A dining experience in The Courtyard Chase Lounge where guests can sample authentic Syrian, Afghan and Ukrainian recipes.
  • Alongside the dining experience, local storytellers Temi Odurinde and Austin Keenan will regale diners with stories of refugee journeys.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Herefordshire based charity City of Sanctuary. Herefordshire City of Sanctuary is a volunteer led community organisation, working to help those seeking sanctuary, safety from violence, poverty and war.


Refugee Week Films

Also showing in our cinema as part of Refugee Week:

A gymnast swinging upside down on a beam Animated image of Paddington bear going down an escalator in a London underground station, holding a small dog under his arm An animated image of two young children and a woman wearing a head scarf, looking out of some gates at a sunrise

Flee (15) 

Three-time Academy Award nominee, Flee is a fascinating documentary that tells the true story of Amin, a man on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. Foreign language with English Subtitles. 

Olga (15)

Olga returns after a great response to our donation screening in March to rase money for the Disasters Emergency Commitee. 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as his family gets involved. Foreign language with both English and Ukrainian Subtitles.

Paddington (PG)

A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home.  

It’s a difficult time to educate children on the world, but Paddington is a moving and fun adventure which touches on the themes of Refugee Week. Also, did you know that in Ukraine, Paddington was voiced by President Zelensky before his career in politics?  


Sanctuary – HCA exhibition

An image of a young Syrian refugee called Saja, aged 12, made up of the words 'Brave' and 'Courageous'

Students on the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course at Hereford College of Arts were asked for a personal and artistic response to the idea of “Sanctuary”. The catalyst for this project was watching and discussing a range of films which unlocked the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes. The students considered the often traumatic reasons why people had to leave and what it would feel like to be separated from family, friends and familiar culture. We hope that this exhibition gives us space to consider our own responses to finding ourselves in this unimaginable situation of loss, trauma, and hope.


Refugee Storytelling Digital Workshop

As part of The Courtyard’s Education and Outreach programme, a Digital Storytelling Workshop will be published on The Courtyard’s Facebook page and website on Wednesday 22 June at 10am. Natalya Cummings will be reading Francesca Sanna’s The Journey in both English and Ukrainian.

The Journey is an illustrated picture book, introducing a powerful and moving perspective on migration for readers of all ages. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story explores the unimaginable decisions made as a mother and her two children are forced to flee their home and everyone they know to escape the turmoil of war.

Наталія Каммінгс читає «Подорож»

Nataliya Cummings reads The Journey

Free classes for those seeking sanctuary in Hereford

A girl in gym clothing sits on a pilates mat, holding her feet up in the air in boat pose

We are pleased to be offering 5 free spaces in each of our classes to refugees living in Herefordshire during Refugee Week (Monday 20 – Sunday 26 June 2022). It is our hope that people new to the county will have a chance to try a new activity for free, and enjoy it so much that they want to come back regularly! Spaces to each class are limited and are bookable on a first come, first served basis. To find out more email 


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