Wolverhampton will be marking Refugee Week with a programme of events to celebrate the contribution that refugees make to the city, and the country.

Pupils from the city's many Schools of Sanctuary will kick off the week's programme with a series of performances at the Arena Theatre on Monday (19 June, 2023). The event will also include performances by the City of Wolverhampton Council Choir and music from individuals who originally came to the city as refugees.

Then on Friday 23 June, 2023, the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre will host a special awards ceremony in the City Suite to highlight the support and compassion shown by partners and providers across the city. It will also feature more performances from pupils from the city's Schools of Sanctuary.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: "Wolverhampton is a culturally rich and diverse city and, over the past decade, has proved to be a place of safety and sanctuary to hundreds of individuals fleeing war, conflict, and persecution in the hope of making a fresh start.

"The council, local organisations, charities and faith organisation have always come together to show kindness and compassion to new arrivals to our city. Refugee Week is an opportunity to recognise the individual journeys of those who have fled to Wolverhampton, and to champion the opportunities for new beginnings."

Refugee Week, which runs from 19 to 25 June, 2023, is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. For more information, please visit Refugee Week.