Scotland’s musicians join the world to celebrate World Refuge Day

Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop trio Young Fathers will headline this year’s World Refugee Day concert in Glasgow.

Hosted by Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross, this year’s mini music festival will showcase the richness and diversity of Scotland’s musicians.

The concert takes place during Refugee Week Scotland, a week-long celebration of the contribution refugees make to Scotland and the vibrancy of Scotland’s communities.

Young Fathers will be joined by fiery gypsy punk band Balkanarama and feet-stomping ceilidh group Skipinnish.

Featuring bellydancing, DJs and a mash-up of live hip hop and Scottish and Balkan music, the World Refugee Day mini music festival promises to be a truly international event.

Shortlisted for a Scottish Album of the Year award 2014, Young Fathers includes Scottish, Liberian and Nigerian musicians. The band is proud to support Refugee Week Scotland. They said:

“In the UK we have been lucky enough not to have faced significant internal strife for decades. For many others this is not the case.

As hard as it is for people in the UK to put themselves in the shoes of those who have had their lives and homes destroyed, families torn apart by war and politics in their own countries, it is important that we don't pull up the drawbridges and deny sanctuary to those in need.

The government must not pander to small-minded nationalists who have got their knickers in a twist about people with different coloured skin or strange accents being in the UK.

This country has a long history of welcoming people fleeing war and persecution. That is something to be proud of and Young Fathers wish that tradition to continue.”

Refugee Week Scotland Co-ordinator Suzi Simpson said:

“This year’s Refugee Week celebrates the welcome Scotland extends to people desperately in need of safety and protection.

At a time of increasingly negative attitudes towards migrants in the UK, it is important that people seeking sanctuary from persecution and serious human rights abuses are made to feel welcome here and offered the chance to rebuild their lives in safety in Scotland.

The World Refugee Day concert is a highlight of Refugee Week Scotland, bringing together audiences from a wide range of cultures and communities to celebrate Scotland’s diversity.”

With more than 100 events taking place across the country, Refugee Week Scotland is a chance to celebrate and find out more about the unique and surprising contributions refugees make to Scottish life.

Now in its 14th year World Refugee Day honours the spirit and courage of millions of refugees across the world. According to the UNHCR more than 45 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

Presented by Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross, funds raised from the World Refugee Day concert will go towards both organisations’ work with refugees in Scotland.

When: Friday June 20, 8pm

Where: Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, Glasgow

Tickets: £10- 15. Early bird discount available

Box Office: 0141 353 8000/ www.glasgowconcerthalls.com

For more information or to arrange an interview with Young Fathers, contact Pauline Diamond Salim: media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk / 0141 248 9799 

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Notes to Editors

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and runs from 16 -22 June at venues across Scotland. For more info : www.refugeeweekscotland.com
  2. The theme for this year’s Refugee Week is welcome, celebrating the welcome Scotland extends to people seeking sanctuary and exploring the welcome that new communities extend to local Scots.
  3. UN World Refugee Day is held each year on June 20. This event honours the courage and strength of the women, men and children forced to flee their homelands under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
  4. Support our work: Scottish Refugee Council believes in a Scotland where people seeking sanctuary from persecution can live in safety and dignity. Support refugees in Scotland: text RFGE14 followed by the amount in pounds (eg £5) to 70070
  5. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/scotrefcouncil
  6. Become a friend on Facebook: www.facebook.com/refugeeweekscotland