Refugee Week Scotland 2014 - programme highlights

Refugee Week Scotland launches its exciting 2014 programme this week. The festival for everyone celebrates the welcome Scotland offers to people seeking sanctuary and the contribution refugees make to Scotland’s rich cultural landscape.

Co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, this year’s programme is packed with music, comedy, theatre, family events, community celebrations and more.

Refugee Week Scotland Coordinator, Suzi Simpson, said:

“This year’s Refugee Week celebrates the welcome Scotland extends to people desperately in need of safety and protection. We are proud that Scotland provides sanctuary to people who have fled persecution and that our country offers refugees a safe place to rebuild their lives.

Refugee Week Scotland also celebrates the unique contribution refugee communities make to life in Scotland. And this year’s festival is our biggest and best yet. With more than 100 events happening across the country, everyone is welcome to join in and discover the vibrancy and dynamism of Scotland’s varied cultures.”

Refugee Week Scotland runs from 16-22 June at venues across the country. Here are some of the highlights:


World Refugee Day mini festival

Alternative hip hop trio Young Fathers are joined by gypsy punk band Balkanarama and storming ceilidh group Skipinnish. Featuring belly-dancing, DJs and a mash-up of live hip hop, Scottish and Balkan music, the World Refugee Day mini festival is set to be a thoroughly international event.

Fri 20 June, 8pm

Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

£15 (£13/ £12/£10)

Box office: 0141 353 8000/


British Red Cross Comedy Night

An evening of first class comedy brought to you by the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Weds 18 June, 8pm

National Piping Centre, 30 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 OHW

£14 (£11)

Box office: 0844 395 4000/

Wasasa Comedy Night Special

Following their recent success performing with Kevin Bridges and at Glasgow Comedy Festival, Wasasa use their unique fusion of Zambian and Glaswegian humour to bring people together.

Thurs 19 June, 7.30pm

The Old Hairdressers, 20 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR

£5 (£3)

Box office:

Theatre and Performance

My Friend Selma

A storytelling performance and mobile museum documenting the real-life stories of young refugees who fled the war in Bosnia and settled in the UK.

Venues across Scotland

Mon 6 – Sat 28 June

For more info:


Sport stories from around the African Commonwealth

Go to the movies African style! A programme of more than 20 films that highlight the triumphs and challenges of the Commonwealth in Africa. Screenings across Scotland held outdoors on a pop up ‘Shebeen’ screen, replicate the way films are often shown in Africa.

Venues across Scotland.

For more info:

Community Celebrations

Open Arms

A celebration of Nigeria’s Igbo culture with traditional music, dancing, Igbo storytellers and cuisine that can’t be found in any Glasgow restaurant.

Sat 14 June. Midday – 6pm

Pollok Country Park, Burrell Collection Grounds, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT



Café Bar Take-over – Taste the World during Refugee Week Scotland

Especially for Refugee Week Scotland, The Arches and Stereo will transform their café bar menus to offer meals inspired by places and cultures around the world. Enjoy an eclectic selection of food, poetry, visual arts and music.

Mon 16 - Sun 22 June, 11am - late

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

Stereo, 22 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 6PH

Visual Art

A View From Here

Glasgow’s skyline is changing. As the high flats are demolished, what happens to the memories of the people who lived there? A mixed group of refugees and local Scots explore their memories of life in Glasgow’s high flats through visual arts, storytelling, photography and film.

3 – 22 June

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 6PH


And that’s just for starters. To see the full programme go to or for more information or to arrange interviews contact Pauline Diamond Salim on 0141 248 9799 or


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 :
  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
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