Norwich is the first city from the ICORN Network to
root the City of Refuge scheme in a practical community
programme. The programme aims to open
up cross-cultural dialogue and encourage a spirit
of tolerance and understanding in relation to
refugee/asylum seeker issues, and includes work in schools,
libraries, arts venues and community centres:
A three-year programme based on the theme of ‘Strangers and
Canaries’ enables local school children and youth groups to
learn about refugees and asylum seekers through creative
In April 2007, 15 young people developed films
entitled ‘Exploring Norwich’.
We are working with libraries to raise awareness on issues that
asylum seekers and refugees face through a number of
public events and a staff training programme.
To raise further awareness on the positive contributions that
refugees and asylum seekers make we are supporting groups and
individuals to interested in organising events for Refugee Week
- Letters to Europe and Digital Stories
Together with international and national writers, four
Norfolk schools will work on a series of ‘Letters to Europe’
that will express their feelings and thoughts on a range of issues
concerning the identity and future of Europe. With
help from BBC Voices, students will then create two minute long
digital stories exploring the matters their letters cover. This
project will bring new, original and challenging stories from all
over the world into Europe. It will also generate a great number of
literary events and projects, dialogue and debate, within the six
partner cities across europe.
Training and Workshops
We run a varied array of training opportunities and
workshops, many of which are free.
Young Poets Competition based on the theme of
Short story competition, in collaboration with the EDP.