Afternoon tea from around the world

Join us to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

On 18 June Burnley Youth Theatre and New Neighbours Together will be hosting an ‘afternoon tea from around the world’ in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This event, funded by Arts Council England, will be the culmination of a six week culture and arts programme, designed to unite communities and embrace different cultures through artwork, performance and cuisine.

Refugees and families seeking asylum in Burnley will join together, with arts professionals and other local organisations, in this unique event. 

It’s all about celebrating Burnley becoming a culturally rich, diverse and creative place to live.

Inclusive arts and culture programme

We’ve pulled together a comprehensive programme that kicks off on 10 May with a craft activity for asylum seekers and refugees at St John’s church hall in Burnley.

We’ve got a packed agenda over the next few weeks with activities including:

  • Community making group – working with a textile artist, the community group will learn about the life of Queen Elizabeth II and explore its differences to their own country. Their exploration will be represented through the creation of bunting, banners and flags and used to decorate the afternoon tea event.
  • Cultural cooking classes – peer to peer cooking classes will be held to explore different cuisines and versions of afternoon tea from the UK, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. We’re looking forward to trying these dishes at the afternoon tea.
  • Poetry group – a poet will work with families to create a multilingual piece of spoken word on the life of the Queen. They will look at how strength, integrity and resilience have been key to the monarch’s reign and how this reflects the behaviours and values of refugees and asylum seekers in Burnley.
  • Community time capsule – we will create a permanent record of the celebration, focusing on the participation and learning from the community.

Half term fun

On Thursday 2 June we’re organising a special session at St John’s for the children New Neighbours Together supports. 

They’ll get the chance to contribute to the preparations for the afternoon tea event through creative craft and poetry sessions. We can’t wait to see the children perform their poems on the day!

Save the date: to book your place at the afternoon tea, please contact [email protected]. This will be a ticketed event and there will be no admissions available on the day. We look forward to celebrating with you on 18 June from 14:00 – 16:00 at St John’s church, Ivy St, Burnley.

More information: have a look at our full Platinum Jubilee programme of events