Gunnersbury Park Refugee Week Festival celebrating Afghan and Ukrainian cultures begins

Image above: Afghan Day at Refugee Week Festival 2022; Photograph ACAA

Event to take place Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June in Gunnersbury Park

The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association Refugee Week Festival has begun in Gunnersbury Park, lasting from Saturday (24 June) to Sunday (25 June) from 11.00am to 7.00pm.

This year’s festival will shine a spotlight on the cultures of Afghanistan and Ukraine, showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of these communities in the face of adversity. The event serves as a culmination of Refugee Week, an annual celebration highlighting the contributions and creativity of refugees, with this year’s theme centred around “compassion.”

The two-day festival will offer a diverse range of activities and entertainment for attendees of all ages. Saturday’s focus will be on Afghanistan, featuring music, dance performances, traditional Afghan cuisine, craft stalls, and engaging activities for children. Visitors can expect an immersive experience, delving into the rich cultural heritage that spans over three millennia.

Sunday’s programme will shift the spotlight to Ukraine, presenting attendees with a unique opportunity to explore Ukrainian culture. Live music, traditional dances, Ukrainian delicacies, and craft stalls will transport visitors to the heart of Eastern Europe. The festival aims to foster cross-cultural understanding and promote integration within west London.

Image above: Ukrainian day at Refugee Week Festival 2022; Photograph ACAA

Festival is “wonderful opportunity” to celebrate diversity

Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi MBE, Founder and Director of the ACAA, said:

“The festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate diverse cultures and to build relationships within our community in West London. The challenges facing migrants settling in the UK are immense, and events like this are part of the solution, enabling refugees to feel welcome in the UK and call it their home.”

As a family-friendly event, the ACAA Refugee Week Festival welcomes attendees of all backgrounds to join in the festivities. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults per day, £5 for children aged 5-16, and free for children under 5.

Attendees are advised that no pets, alcohol, or flags are permitted at the festival. While outside food is allowed only for dietary needs, a variety of food stalls will cater to diverse tastes. Limited parking is available onsite, and visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly.

The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is an award-winning British charity dedicated to supporting refugees in the UK. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi, a refugee from Afghanistan, the ACAA provides education, mentoring, and integration support while advocating for the rights of women in Afghanistan. Dr. Nasimi was awarded the MBE for his services to refugees in the 2023 New Year Honours by HRH King Charles III.

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