Refugee Week Scotland 2007 Selected Highlights

31 May 2007

Refugee Week Scotland takes place from June 18-24 under the banner Different Pasts, Shared Futures. Here are some selected events.

Monday June 18-22 2007


conFAB presents Common Ground Bellahouston Academy, 30 Gower Terrace, Glasgow, 1.00pm

The cast of third year drama students have created a play exploring difference, race and asylum issues dispelling fears, supporting individuality and celebrating community.

Tuesday 19 June 2007


From Outside In – Refugees and British Society Edited by Nushin Arbabzadah with a preface by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, 6-8pm

Published by Counterpoint - the British Council's cultural relations think tank - and Arcadia Books, From Outside In explores being British from the perspective of the newly arrived. Speakers: Nushin Arbabzadah (BBC), Nick Wadham-Smith (Deputy Director of Counterpoint) and Iyad Hayatleh (Palestinian refugee poet based in Glasgow).  



Amnesty International Scotland, The Glasgow Girls and The Filmhouse present

Tales From the Edge: The Glasgow Girls
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 6pm
Two inspiring BBC documentaries about the Glasgow Girls, a group of teenage friends who have become famous for their campaigning to end dawn raids, followed by a discussion session with the Director Lindsay Hill, some of the Glasgow Girls themselves and Amnesty International.

Wednesday 20 June 2007

World Refugee Day

In 2000 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) designated June 20th as an annual opportunity “to remember the world’s refugees on their special day”. This year’s World Refugee Day theme is A New Home, A New Life.


Seeking Asylum: A Scottish Perspective 9am-4.30pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Expert speakers - including Sally Daghlian, chief executive of Scottish Refugee Council, and Andrew Dinsmore MP, chair of the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights – which recently presented a damning report into the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK - will debate current and future asylum policy, present local authority experience and produce examples of successful programmes which have settled people into Scotland and enabled them to integrate into our communities.


NCH Scotland presents Fatima’s Story 17 Newton Place, Glasgow, 6.00pm

The story of a mother and her three children confronted with political conflict and civil war. This play reflects young people’s experiences of interpreting local cultural behaviour such as alcohol misuse and the challenges faced by young refugees in negotiating local custom and law.                         


GMAC Mini Film Festival GMAC, 3rd Floor, 34 Albion St, Glasgow, 6.30-8.30pm

Glasgow Media Access Centre brings you a showcase of short films made by and about the refugee and asylum seeker communities featuring the world premiere of the latest Little Pictures short film commissioned for Refugee Week on the theme of ‘identity’. FREE and no need to book.

Thursday 21 June 2007


Choir Concert - The Village Storytelling Centre Tron Theatre Roundhouse, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, 7pm

The Village Storytelling Centre choir showcases songs from a variety of countries in a short and lively presentation. The songs have been contributed by choir members and arranged by Noel Bridgeman of Paragon Ensemble.


Ice and Fire theatre and national network Actors for Refugees will stage Asylum Monologues in 14 different UK cities, including Glasgow. Gilmorehill G12 Cinema, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, 7pm

Asylum Monologues is an account of the UK asylum system told first-hand in the words of the people who have experienced it. It is presented as a rehearsed reading with live music and features different guest actors and musicians. 


Maryhill Integration Network (MIN) Open Day: Celebration of Refugee Week 35 Avenue Park St, Glasgow, 5pm - 7.30pm

Launch of mural International Women by Artist in Exile Shahin Memishi working in association with members of MIN’s Oasis Women’s Group.   Fine food, entertainment, quilting exhibition, craft workshops and activities for children.


Street Level Photoworks presents Photographic slide talk - Chris Leslie

1st floor, 48 King Street, Glasgow, 7-9pm
Glasgow-based photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie will give a presentation of work from the past 10 years. Chris has travelled throughout the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Africa, documenting the lives of children institutionalised and orphaned by conflict or HIV/AIDS. DJ and refreshments will accompany this event.


Trouble Sleeping Workshop Theatre Workshop, 34 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, 6.30 - 8pm

Meet some of the writers and team involved in Trouble Sleeping, Theatre Workshops first feature film that tells the story of refugees in Edinburgh. Hear and learn about their experiences and gain an insight in to making a film.

Friday 22 June 2007


7:84 Theatre Company present An Evening of Song, Drama and Film Tron Theatre, Roundhouse, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, 8pm

Scotland's leading political theatre company is creating a cabaret style night of mixed delights. The evening will include highlights from its recent sell-out Evening of Political Songs, the funny and inspiring Challenge Racism video (made with young people across Glasgow) and live performance from graduating acting students of RSAMD.


British Red Cross, International Refugee Day, Comedy Night with Frankie Boyle (from BBC's Mock the Week) and special guests

Tron Theatre, Mainstage, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, 7.30pm


Shooting Dogs directed by Michael Caton-Jones

In aid of The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture Gilmorehill G12 Cinema, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, 7pm

A gripping and emotional story of two men's struggle for survival when caught up in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.


Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards
Tron Theatre Bar, 63 Trongate Glasgow

The 2007 Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards will highlight exceptional and fair reporting of asylum in Scotland and is sponsored by the Oxfam Asylum Positive Images Network. Invitation only.

Saturday 23 June 2007


Artists in Exile Glasgow present The Journey Workshop Tron Theatre Roundhouse, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, 2-4pm

AiEG are developing an exciting new theatre piece entitled The Journey. The workshop will include the participation of professional writers from AiEG, as well as look for possible cast members, and a creative team for this exciting new theatre production.


Artists in Exile Glasgow Cabaret Tron Theatre Roundhouse, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, 8pm–10pm

The exciting culmination of Artists in Exile Glasgow’s Refugee Week programme. The cabaret will include drama from their outreach project Art Factory, the screening of their new short film, Trapped, poetry readings and music.


media co-op presents Primary and Transitions
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow, 1pm- 2.15pm

Young Glasgow asylum seekers aged 8 to 20 present their own powerful films. Join the after-show debate, with a panel including the young film-makers, Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Careers Scotland.


All Nations Football Tournament

King George V Park, Boydstone Road, Pollok, 10am. Also, Saturday 16-Sunday 17 June 2007, 10am


Pollokshaws Carnival

Organised by Pollokshaws Settlement and Integration Network Bengal Street Playing Fields (just off Pollokshaws Road, beside the Burgh Halls), Glasgow

Climbing wall, games and sports, alternative therapies, face painting, bouncy castle, children’s workshops with bubbles and circus skills, stomp rockets, plane crazy, performances and dancing, refreshments, info and advice. FREE


Street Level Photoworks presents Exhale - 5 years of video, music and electronic art engaging with asylum and migration in a new world order

1st floor, 48 King Street, Glasgow, 4–7pm
Artist and founder member of artist collective Virtual Migrants, Kooj Chuhan will introduce screenings of short films from the Exhale DVD. Iseult Timmermans will reveal development plans for ground-breaking collaborative arts programme Multi Story. Plus LIVE multimedia-music performance by Glasgow hip hop band 4D. Food and refreshments provided, families welcome.


Document presents an international programme of new short and feature documentary films on exile, immigration and refugee issues Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 2 - 10pm

Document is Glasgow's annual international human rights documentary film festival. This year's festival takes place between 17th and 21st October 2007.

The Fugees United Community Summer Jam

Queens Park, 520 Langside Road, Glasgow

Sunday 24 June 2007


Maryhill Integration Network in Co-production with Dance House present

Mother, May I…
Gilmorehill G12 Theatre, 9 University Ave., Glasgow, 8pm

Music, dance, song and images are used to explore the situation faced by asylum seekers and refugees. Performers from many countries bring together stories of childhood memories in Glasgow and the places from which asylum seekers and refugees have fled.


Outside In! An exhibition of children’s artwork
The Giant Workshop Space, 121-127 Saltmarket, Glasgow, 1-4pm

An exciting exhibition of children’s artwork based on outdoor themes whilst exploring The Giant Workshop Space a brand new children’s arts venue dedicated to providing creative adventures for all children aged 3 - 11 years and their families.