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Coin Street Festival kicks off with Refugee Week launch

London SE1 website team

Celebrating Sanctuary - an afternoon of music, craft, food and drink on the South Bank - was the first event of both Refugee Week and the 2004 Coin Street Festival.

Celebrating Sanctuary
Music at Oxo Tower Wharf

Children and young people, including refugees and asylum seekers from across London, created three large colourful canvasses at the annual Celebrating Sanctuary festival on the South Bank. The event launched Refugee Week 2004, and was expected to attract more than 15,000 people.

Celebrating Sanctuary
Spinning the myth-busting wheel

Artists from Inspirall, with Save the Children's London Development Team, encouraged children attending the festival to explore three specific themes relating to refugees through art on each panel: 'Who am I' – which looks at issues of identity and cultural ethnicity; 'Loss' and 'My hopes for the future'.

Celebrating Sanctuary
Painting a canvas in the sunken garden at Bernie Spain Gardens

A large Myth-Busting Wheel, hand painted and decorated by the London Brighter Futures group, gave festival-goers an opportunity to spin it for themselves and uncover the facts behind many of the myths surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.

Celebrating Sanctuary

The next Coin Street Festival event is International Co-operative Day on Sunday 3 July.

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