Refugee Week Scotland 2012

Oh my! Oh my! it’s nearly time for Refugee Week Scotland to kick off and I’m really looking forward to it. I also can’t believe that this will be my 11th RWS since I returned home to Scotland.

Running between 18th to 24th June 2012 there will be events held all over Scotland but I just want to highlight 5 in Glasgow.

Kicking things off on 15th June will be an 80s roller disco at Jumpin Jaks, Sauchiehall Street. Think Xanadu meets Duran Duran. Suitable for anyone over the age of 13 (children need to be accompanied by an adult) AND not only does the money go to a fabulous cause but you’ll giggle your way into the weekend.

Personally I’m tickled pink that the good folk from Fence Records are doing a fundraiser for British Red Cross and Scottish Refugee Council. What better way to banish those Monday blues than to get down to the Old Fruitmarket and dance the night away?

If you love compelling drama than I can recommend going to The Tron Theatre on either the 19th or 20th June for excerpts from The Glasgow Girls. Now these strong lassies aren’t artists per say but a group of girls from Drumchapel High who fought the system of dawn raids and their achievements have been recognised by the Scottish Parliament. For Refugee Week Scotland the National theatre of Scotland will perform a taster of the full musical.

If you’re feeling more energetic why not take a walking tour around parts of Glasgow in your lunch break? Looking at various aspects of Glasgow’s history and reflecting on their own past refugee women will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about Glasgow. There are three routes to choose from – Gorbals to Glasgow Green, along the River Clyde and around the city centre) – or maybe you could do all three on different days.

Look out for lots of community events including Celebrating Guardianship at Gorbals Parish Church. Every year young unaccompanied children arrive in the UK seeking sanctuary. The Guardianship Project offers them the security and space to feel safe and grow. On the 23rd June some young refugees will celebrate  with dance, poetry and a ceilidh. Sounds like a wonderful way to end Refugee Week Scotland to me.


Finally Refugee Week Scotland would not be complete without a fabulous photographic exhibition. The Spirit Project sees  refugees explore what community means to them through photographs and film. There is also an opportunity for you to contribute to the online community. The exhibition will be on at Street Level, Trongate 103 until 22nd July 2012.

Are you an avid Tweeter, Facebook fanatic or other social media devotee? Planning on attending Refugee Week Events? Then Refugee Week Scotland wants to hear from you. Facebook: Follow them on twitter: @scotrefcouncil. Youtube:  Flickr:

Thank you to Suzi Simpson and Scottish Refugee Council for allowing me to reproduce some of these photographs.


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