Now in its fifth year, Refugee Week continues to excite passions and palates with a full list of happenings, from global food culture to global discussions about the plight of refugees in Salford.
The Week kicks off today, Monday, with an all day `awareness and action' event called No To Homelessness, No To Cashlessness, focusing on refugees who have been refused asylum in the UK and their destitution (Lady Hale Lecture Theatre, University of Salford 9:30am-4pm)
On Tuesday 21 June, there's a Look Beyond The Label event with the British Red Cross (10am-12:30pm Eccles Gateway) which will be showing an exhibition of creative work by refugees, giving a taste of food from around the world, showing short films and running workshops for kids.
Wednesday 22nd June sees a Music and Dine night at Ordsall Café (7-9pm) where African musician Serge Tebu will lead a world jam, and the Multi Cultural Munch Group will be making and giving away their gorgeous food to anyone who turns up.
On Thursday 23 June, Ordsall continues to taste the world, with a free food sampling at Ordsall Community Arts, plus a textile workshop which will contribute to the Streets Museum's prestige exhibition at the People's History Museum this summer (11am-2pm). There's also gardening sessions from 1-4pm.
Also on Thursday the world food theme continues with Ready Steady Community Cook at La Sallian Restaurant (Salford City College, De La Salle Campus, Weaste Lane) from 6pm.
Friday 24th sees another food festival at the Celebrating Diversity in our Communities event at Pendleton Gateway, opposite Salford Precinct (1:30-7pm). There will also be African dancing, a fashion show and a coffee making session, plus activities for children. The event is organised by the Salford Forum for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum.
Also on Friday, the Salford African and Caribbean Older People's Group (SACOP), which supports older African and Caribbean people in Salford, is having a launch at the Salford Link Project (Chadwick Road, Eccles) 12-4:30pm.
The Week concludes with the annual Refugee World Cup at the Manchester Communication Academy (Silchester Drive, Harpurhey) 10am - 4pm.
Gail Skelly, of Ordsall Community Arts, who is helping to organise the Ordsall events and is singing Irish and Arabic songs at the Pendleton Gateway day, believes Refugee Week should be enjoyed by everyone in Salford.
"What better ways of getting to know people can there be to share each others traditions of making music, dancing and eating gorgeous food together" she says "Without these things life would be colourless. Celebrating Refugee Week to me has always been about how these important cultural things are a part of all of our every day lives, and how we are so much richer for that."
For more details on Refugee Week click here