Refugee Week: Escape to Safety

You are invited to bring a group to visit a thought-provoking exhibition during Refugee Week (17-23 June) that aims to highlight the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. 

Escape to Safety is an interactive exhibition through which visitors walk while listening to the stories of three refugees. You will hear why these three individuals had to leave their homes in Afghanistan, Iran and Sudan, and learn about the difficulties they faced as they travelled to and settled in the UK.

It’s an emotive subject but an important one to learn about – the Escape to Safety exhibition can help us all to appreciate the difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers and to feel empathetic towards them. It is suitable for people who have views of the refugee community that require challenging, or perhaps have never had an opportunity to see things from a refugee’s point of view.

The Escape To Safety exhibition will be hosted by Blackburn Cathedral on Tuesday 18th June. Funded through the Our Community, Our Future social integration programme, we are offering groups of 10 to 15 people the opportunity to book one hour visits to the exhibition at no cost to them.

To take part in the Escape To Safety exhibition, your group members must be comfortable wearing headphones and able to walk through an enclosed space. Some people may find some of the content of the exhibition upsetting.

If you would like to bring a group to the Escape To Safety exhibition, please complete the booking form as soon as possible to secure your preferred time slot. There are a limited number of slots available, and slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please send your completed booking form to integration@blackburn.gov.uk, and they will confirm your group’s booking.