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Keighley peace meal to be held following successful pilot

The event, at Keighley College on Thursday, June 22, will include entertainment and Syrian food.

It is being held as part of Refugee Week, an international arts and culture festival.

The school is partnering with arts charity Keighley Creative to organize the event, which was brought together following a successful pilot venture that took place at Keighley Shared Church last October during the festival film and art by charity.

A Place of Sanctuary: a Peace Meal for Refugee Week will feature a performance of multilingual poetry by Bradford-based poet Nabeela Ahmed.

Food will be provided by Bab Tooma, a Syrian restaurant established in Bradford in 2016.

Cathryn Murray, Keighley Creative festival and event producer, said: “This event aims to build a bridge between ordinary people who don’t have the opportunity to meet and replace the fear of the unknown. by the growing familiarity and sense of richness that diversity can bring”. bring.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear about Keighley College’s work as a Designated Sanctuary College, and watch videos and quilts created by the school in English for students who speak other languages. other.

Jo Rusden, the university’s deputy director of technology, said: “We pride ourselves on our inclusion, warmth and kindness, so we are delighted to host this event, the The event will bring people together to celebrate the diversity of our community.”

The event will take place from 4pm to 6:30pm.

Attendees will be asked to contribute on a pay-as-you-go basis, with a suggested donation amount of £5.

Proceeds will go to the Good Food Keighley project, a social supermarket.

Limited locations. Everyone should book through the Eventbrite website, at

Last year’s peace meal was attended by more than 100 guests.

The event included a screening of Ruth & Safiya, a film about the unlikely friendship between an isolated pensioner in her 80s who visits her estate daily, and a teenage Syrian refugee struggling to adjust to her new life in Bradford.

Refugee Week this year marks its 25th anniversary.

The initiative celebrates the “contributions, creativity and resilience” of refugees and asylum seekers.

It was founded in the United Kingdom, but is now marked worldwide every year.

Asylum Day falls on Tuesday, June 20.

For more information on Refugee Week and Day, visit


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