Refugee Week Scotland - Different Pasts, Shared Future

31 May 2007

Refugee Week Scotland 2007 June 18-24

Different Pasts, Shared Future

  • Welcome new communities
  • Learn about refugee issues
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Share culture
  • Join In

From film festivals to football tournaments, comedy nights to carnivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, parties and much, much more, Refugee Week Scotland is an exciting and varied programme of events happening across the country to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of refugee issues.

Inspired by the theme of ‘Friendship’ and with over 100 events representing people from over 20 nations, Refugee Week is a time to meet neighbours from different countries, learn about other cultures and share diverse experiences.

Highlights include:

  • British Red Cross, International Refugee Day, Comedy Night with Mock the Week’s Frankie Boyle
  • Asylum Monologues featuring River City’s Phil McKee
  • British Council Book Launch - From Outside In - Refugees and British Society.
  • Amnesty International Scotland, The Glasgow Girls and The Filmhouse present: Tales From the Edge with aftershow discussion with the girls and the film’s director, Lindsay Hill
  • Maryhill Integration Network in Co-production with Dance House present Mother, May I…Performers from many countries use dance and song to bring together stories of childhood memories in Glasgow and the places from which asylum seekers and refugees have fled.
  • Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards, highlighting exceptional and fair reporting of asylum in Scotland.

Sally Daghlian, chief executive, Scottish Refugee Council, said:

“Refugee Week is a time to celebrate what we have in common and embrace what sets us apart.

Across Scotland, refugees, asylum seekers and their Scottish counterparts are living and learning alongside each other, with new neighbours becoming old friends and different pasts becoming shared futures.

Refugee Week Scotland is a celebration of those relationships. Encounter Refugee Week – you never know what you might find out about yourself.”

Notes to Editors:

  • Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and is part of Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities. See www.refugeeweek.org.uk and www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk for more information.
  • There are around 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia are consistently amongst the top ten countries people seeking refuge in Scotland are fleeing from.
  • For more information on the programme, see Refugee Week Scotland 2007 – Programme Highlights attached.
  • Different Pasts, Shared Future – cases studies and images around the theme of ‘Friendship’ available.
  • For more information, interviews or a PDF of the full programme, please contact Aideen McLaughlin on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763

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