Cultural celebration of our refugees

Refugee Week Calderdale Celebration Event at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre..
Refugee Week Calderdale Celebration Event at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre..
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Caribbean cuisine and Pakistani plates formed part of a multicultural celebration at Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre for Refugee Week.

All sorts was going on from musical performances to Indian and samba dancing as part of the event especially organised to get the local community and refugees engaged.

Indian dancing at Refugee Week Calderdale Celebration Event at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre.

Indian dancing at Refugee Week Calderdale Celebration Event at Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre.

While face painting and henna hand painting was going on a special art exhibition also featured as part of the afternoon, organised by the Halifax Central Initiative, Volunteer Action Calderdale and St Augustines.

Audrey Smith, volunteer development worker for Volunteer Action Calderdale, said: “It’s a celebration of all the wonderful things that refugees and migrants bring to Britain – you can see that through all the food, music and dance as well as all the people that have come together.

“The last few weeks have also seen workshops ran by an Iranian woman about the idea of freedom and what it means to be free at local schools.”

Artist Ladan Torabi moved from Iran to the UK in January and is currently based on Pellon Lane.

The 25-year-old says she was forced out of her country after the Iranian Government discovered her paintings – which reflect entrapment of women in society in Iran.

She said: “I can not live in Iran, it was not a safe place for me. The government didn’t like my idea as an artist and didn’t let me paint free.

“I came here to get my freedom back.

“I’ve been teaching about freedom and everything about being free, about problems in Iran.”