Refugee Week: Arts Events in Scotland


Ok so how did Refugee Week get into my crafty blog? Well,  as well as being an artisan I work at Scottish Refugee Council.

Now don’t click away! I’m not going to get all heavy on you but rather want to let you know about this wonderful celebration of culture that takes place between 20th – 26th June 2011. Over the last 9 years I’ve seen Refugee Week expand with more arts events happening in more towns & cities around Scotland and becoming a part of the wider festival “must dos”.

From embroidery to theatre, film to dance and spoken word to community events here are just three events that might just tickle your fancy.

I’m getting excited about the latest offering from Ignite Theatre. These young adults from Scotstoun & Knightswood, most from refugee backgrounds have written and will perform their play based on the theme of Courage. With accolades including the Phillip Lawrence Award (2008) they’re not shy about challenging audiences and for a measly £5/£3 I’ll be heading to see them at The Tron Theatre on Thursday 23rd June (they’re also at the MacRoberts Centre, Stirling).

Next is also on Thursday 23rd June but a day time event. There are loads of community events happening over the week from netball and football to events involving food, dance & music – whoop! Anyway, I just want to highlight the Personal Stories Booklet Launch by North Glasgow Integration Network which documents personal accounts of asylum seekers and refugees in relation to the UN Refugee Convention. The event starts at 10:30am at the Sighthill Community Centre, 1 Fountainwell Square, Glasgow and is bound to be colourful.

Finally I love the sound of the Human “Music” Library (if you pardon the pun) of the on Saturday 25th June at Scottish Music Centre. Rather than taking a book off the shelf to read about the roots of different musical styles why not actually meet the people behind the music? Spend 5 mins with each person or group, ask them anything about their music then finish the day listening to what will be an amazing musical jam. And it’s FREE!

Other events such as photographic exhibitions in venues such as Trongate 103, The Bridge, Paisley Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery will run throughout June.

For a full list of events, venues & times have a look at the Refugee Week 2011 interactive brochure for a full list of events & some contributor blogs.

Thanks to Belinda Mcelhinney of Scottish Refugee Council for allowing me to reproduce the images in this post which were taken by Jenny Wicks and are subject to copyright.

Hope to bump into you at some events. If you go to any event let me know as I’d love to know what you thought of it..


One response to “Refugee Week: Arts Events in Scotland

  1. Glasgow seems to be a hotbed of activity!! I have only ever been once, spent ten minutes outside Celtic Park so my husband could have his picture taken. I keep meaning to come as I have been to Edinburgh so many times….

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