Refugee Week 2008 full programme

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June 3, 2008


Refugee Week Scotland 2008

June 16-22

Different Pasts, Shared Future



WE in Scotland love to celebrate. Whether it’s Hogmanay or St Andrew’s Day, Burns Night or Friday night, we all love a good reason to get together and share in a bit of fun.


And that’s what Refugee Week Scotland is all about.


From film festivals to football tournaments, comedy nights to carnivals, exhibitions, plays, parties and much, much more, Refugee Week Scotland is an opportunity for us all, no matter what our backgrounds, to celebrate what we have in common and embrace what sets us apart.


With loads to choose from and Glasgow’s Tron Theatre as the festival hub, you’re never far away from a Refugee Week Scotland event.


John Wilkes, Chief Executive, Scottish Refugee Council, said:


“For many years, refugees have been seeking sanctuary in Scotland, enriching our communities, contributing to our sports and culture, society and economy. Refugee Week Scotland is an acknowledgement of that.


But Refugee Week is not just for refugees. It is for everyone in Scotland, an opportunity for us all to celebrate what we have in common and understand and respect our differences.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and is part of a UK-wide festival to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of refugee issues. To download a pdf of the Scottish programme, visit
  2. Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity that provides advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. We also campaign for fair treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and to raise awareness of refugee issues. For more information visit
  3. There are around 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. The majority of new refugees to Scotland are coming from Iraq, Iran and Eritrea, fleeing war, torture or persecution.
  4. There are 14 million refugees worldwide (UN Refugee Agency figure). The UK hosts only 2 percent of them. The majority of the world’s refugees are taken care of by the poorest countries, such as Iran and Pakistan. There are currently 2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria.
  5. Refugees to the UK include 16 knights and peers of the realm, 18 Nobel prize winners, and 71-fellows of the Royal Society. Fish and Chips, the Mini and Marks & Spencer were all introduced to the UK by refugees.
  6. For more information, interviews or pictures, contact Aideen McLaughlin on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763.




  • This Is My Story

Tuesday 10 - Sunday 14 June

6.30 - 10pm

Howard Bar, Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

Free – For more info:


Photographer Robin Taudevin spent much of his life documenting human rights issues and injustice. This exhibition, featuring portraits and personal testimonies of asylum-seeking and Scottish young people, has been specially curated for the Lyceum Youth Theatre production of Fugee (see Theatre).


  • Life After Iraq

Friday 13 June - Sunday 26 October

10am - 5pm (Mon - Thur & Sat), 11am - 5pm (Fri & Sun)

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, 2 Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH

Free - For more info: 0141 553 2557


Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council, Life After Iraq will show the work of award-winning photojournalist Angela Catlin and writer Billy Briggs, who travelled to Syria to document the plight of some of the millions of ordinary Iraqis living there who have fled the conflict in their homeland. The exhibition will also provide an intimate insight into Iraqi refugees who have made it to Scotland in a quest for safety.


  • Open Space

Monday 16 - Monday 30 June

10am - 10pm (Mon - Sat), 11am - 10pm (Sun)

Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

Free - For more info: 0141 552 4267


Artists in Exile Glasgow present an exciting exhibition by refugee, asylum-seeking, international and indigenous artists. A chance to view and buy new work by artists from countries including Iran, Kosovo, Palestine, Congo, Bulgaria and Scotland.


  • World Costumes Exhibition – Linthouse and Govan Housing Associations

Monday 16 June (Launch Event)


Exhibition runs Tuesday 17 - Sunday 22 June

1pm - 4pm

LUV Gallery, 1226 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4RA


A dazzling display of costumes hand-made by people from all over the world who now live in the Govan area of Glasgow. Come to the launch and chat to the costume makers about their work and their home countries. International food and refreshments available at the launch.


  • Poster Works

Monday 16 - Sunday 29 June

Various Glasgow Underground Stations

For more info: 0141 552 2151


Look out for a series of eight posters at Glasgow Underground stations, created by refugees and asylum seekers living in Springburn who work with Multi-Story artists Lindsay Perth and Iseult Timmermans.


  • 182nd Annual Exhibition – New Scots / New Scotland

Until Wednesday 25 June

10am - 5pm (Mon - Sat), 12noon - 5pm (Sun)

The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

            £4(£2) 0131 225 6671


New Scots / New Scotland highlights the work of international artists who have come to Scotland to live, work and teach, including David Shrigley, Leena Nammari, Erica Eyres, Louise Hopkins and Hanneline Visnes.


  • Events with Artist Leena Nammari

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day

The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Illustrated Lecture - RSA Library - 10.30am - £5
Artist’s Talk - RSA Lower Galleries - 3pm - £4(£2) Free with lecture ticket

For more info: 0131 225 6671


Displaced from her native Palestine and with strong memories of her childhood in the Middle-East, Leena’s new works look at the notion of what home means to her after so many years of living between cultures.


  • Mothers of Purl 

Saturday 21 June
12 noon - 5pm

Street Level Photoworks, 1st floor, 48 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT

For more info: 0141 552 2151


Refugees and asylum seeker women living in Springburn have worked with Multi-Story resident artist Lindsay Perth to create art work which fuses traditional craft and contemporary art. A day of events which include a craft sale, performance poetry, refreshments and more…


  • INdisposable Edinburgh
    Until Friday 27 June
    9am - 9pm (Mon - Fri), 9am - 4pm (Sat)
    Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG
    Free - For more info:

INdisposable Edinburgh presents a snapshot of life in the capital, seen through the eyes of 50 people from different backgrounds. The exhibition, created by volunteers taking part in British Council Scotland’s Leap of Faith Together project, highlights positive and negative issues surrounding integration and marginalisation.


  • One Scotland, Many Voices Film Festival

Tuesday 17 June

7pm - 9pm

GMAC, 3rd Floor, 34 Albion St, Glasgow, G1 1LH


Glasgow Media Access Centre hosts an evening of short films and live performance which celebrate the creative talent and many voices of Scotland’s asylum seeker and refugee communities.


  • Diversity Films Festival

Tuesday 17 June: 7pm - 10pm, Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

Thursday 19 June: 7pm - 10pm, STUC Centre, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG

Sunday 22 June: 2pm - 10pm, Knightswood Community Centre, 201 Alderman Road, Glasgow, G13 3DD

Free - For full programme and booking details:


A festival of international documentary films, including work made in Glasgow by groups working with Diversity Films. Presented in collaboration with Kingsway Health and Wellbeing Centre, Platform and Document 6 International Human Rights Film Festival. Free drinks and snacks for all.


  • Taking Action

Wednesday 19 June


CCA (Cinema 4), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Free but ticketed 0141 352 4900


Camcorder Guerillas invite you to a series of short films that highlight the crisis facing asylum seekers in the UK and beyond. An opportunity to find out what you can do to help and ask questions to both film-makers and refugee activists.


  • The Peace Tree (PG)

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB

Free for Glasgow Local Authority Schools. £3 per pupil for other schools. Recommended for 5-8 year-olds. Accompanying teachers go for free.

For more info: 0141 352 8604 (Penny) 


Two little girls, one Muslim, one Christian, both dream of celebrating each others’ festivals, Christmas and Eid. But when they share their dreams, they are met with resistance from their parents. Screening followed by an anti-racism workshop led by Zee Sulleyman of Show Racism the Red Card.


  • World Premiere of Trouble Sleeping at Edinburgh International Film Festival
    Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Edinburgh Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ  

£6.50(£5.20) 0131 623 8030


Putting her old life in Palestine behind her, Halla has forged a successful career in Edinburgh. But when a figure from her past shows up unexpectedly, Halla must choose between old loyalties and new stability.


“This first feature from Theatre Workshop and Makar Productions burns with relevance. Raw-edged and crafted by passionate collective effort, it's inspiring, provocative stuff.” (EIFF)


  • Grow Your Own (PG)

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Gilmorehill G12, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

£4(£3) 0141 330 5522


A refugee family are given an allotment to help rehabilitate their traumatised father. At first, the family are met with suspicion by the men who have worked the gardens for years, but eventually they are accepted into a diverse community united by their love of making things grow. Screening in aid of The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.



  • Scotland United

Thursday 12 June


The Arches, 253 Argyle St, Glasgow

£8(£5) 0141 565 1000


Ankur Productions once again unites an international team of artists to bring you an extravaganza of music, dance and comedy, celebrating the rich mix of people and cultures in Scotland today. Featuring Moishe’s Bagel, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Sushil Dade aka Futurepilot, Zuba Bassa Beat, Senzala Capoeira and much, much more….,


  • Sound of Anatolia - the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Advice Association

Monday 16 June

            8pm - midnight

            The Edge Bar, 57 Cochrane Street, Glasgow, G1 1HL



Meet new friends at the Sound of Anatolia and enjoy listening to authentic Anatolian music performed live by local groups. An evening for socialising, dancing and integration.


  • Exodus hosted by Umoja Events Scotland

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day

10pm – 3am

Black and White, 50 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6AA

£5(£3) For more info:


Let your hair down at the official Refugee Week party with number one African DJ George (Awaz FM) and DJ Abenna playing all your favourite tunes, plus live performance from Cuban singer and percussionist, Ricardo Fernandez. Over 18s only. All proceeds will go towards refugee charities.


  • Mugdock International Music Festival

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 June

            7pm - 10pm (Fri), 11am - 10pm (Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun)

Mugdock Country Park, Craigallian Road, Near Milngavie, G62 8EL

For tickets and more info:


Set against the magnificent backdrop of Mugdock Country Park, enjoy free performances on the Courtyard stage from Asian, African, Chinese and European groups. Ticketed afternoon concerts feature Prelude and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.



  • Songs of Home - Songs of Hope & The Blank Album

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 June


Gilmorehill G12, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

£8(£5) 0141 330 5522


In Songs of Home - Songs of Hope, an international cast of asylum seekers, refugees, local communities, professional artists and primary school pupils explore themes of freedom, exile and integration through a shared language of dance, drama and song.

The Blank Album combines live rock music with pop imagery in a high energy performance. Dance workshops also available. (See Workshops)

Presented by Maryhill Integration Network and Gilmore Productions.


  • Under the Same Sky

Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 June


Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

£5(£3) 0141 552 4267


YDance present this contemporary dance theatre piece, performed by young people from across Glasgow, which explores what it means to be a ‘new Glaswegian’ in 2008. Experiences from the dancers’ journeys to Scotland and their new lives in the city are combined with dreams for the future in a performance full of passion, life and energy.



  • British Red Cross Refugee Week Comedy Night - Stephen K Amos and guests
    Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day

    Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
    £14(£10) 0141 552 4267


After the massive success of his recent sold out performance BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Stephen K Amos brings his dazzling stand up show to Glasgow for Refugee Week.

'Where do you start describing a performer who should really be given six out of five? It's pure cheek numbing, tear-inducing entertainment' ***** Scotsman



  • Fugee by Abi Morgan (Part of New Connections Sponsored by Bank of America)

           Tuesday 10 June - Falkirk Youth Theatre

           Saturday 14 June - Lyceum Youth Theatre

Performances from 7.30pm

Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

Tickets and more info: 0131 248 4848


When 14-year-old Kojo tumbles into the UK asylum system with no official papers and no words in English, he is housed in a refuge for under-aged asylum seekers. With new friends, he begins to reconcile his past and find pleasure in the present…until the system starts to break down.


  • Jihad: Inner Struggle – Insaan & Tramway

Tuesday 17 June


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LA

£14(£8/£10) 01334 475000


How do you reconcile what you experience in the world outside with what you feel inside? Two men share a house; one is a British Asian Ugandan of Islamic background, the other an Israeli of Jewish background. Jihad: Inner Struggle tells the story of similarities, differences and prejudices that exist as these two people get to know each other.


  • Do You See Me? (A brutally honest comedy about friends and enemies and learning to spot the difference)

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 June


Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

£3(£2) 0141 552 4267


Do You See Me? explores the harsh reality of school life, peer pressure and the joys of escaping into cyberspace. Performed by Knightswood Youth Theatre - made up of young Glaswegians, asylum seekers and refugees - in collaboration with The Princes Trust and Linkes. Created as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Youth Theatre Festival 2008, in partnership with Eden Court.


  • Snap, Rhythm & Rhyme – conFAB, Paragon & Street Level Photoworks

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 June


Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

Free but ticketed 0141 552 4267


Chromatic Voices - six poets who present collaborative poetic performances - team up with Paragon Kaleidophone Ensemble and Street Level Photoworks to create this unique multi-disciplinary art event exploring human rights and cross-cultural issues.,,  


  • Asylum Monologues

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Church of St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ


As part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, St Mark’s Amnesty group presents Asylum Monologues, an account of the UK’s asylum system, told first hand by the people who have experienced it.


  • Antigone in New York – Theatre Found

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 June


Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, Glasgow, G12 8QQ


Theatre Found & West End Festival present Antigone in New York, a tragicomedy set in a New York park where three homeless immigrants have lived for five years. They exist in limbo as forgotten human beings, and do what they can to preserve their last scrap of humanity.



  • Writers with a Future in partnership with Maryhill Integration Network

Tuesday 17 June


Woodside Hall, 36 Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, G20 7QE


A year ago, a writers group was established in Maryhill bringing together asylum seekers, refugees and local people to explore their experiences as longstanding and new communities in Glasgow. This event marks the launch of an exciting anthology of their work.


  • Endangered Speeches with Saadi Youssef and Valerie Gillies

Wednesday 18 June


National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW


Iraqi Saadi Youssef – described as one of the most important poets and translators alive today - joins former Edinburgh Makar Valerie Gillies in an event hosted by Scottish PEN and the National Library of Scotland. These prolific and much-loved poets will present a rare showcase of Iraq’s rich literary tradition, which is threatened by the current refugee crisis.


  • We All Came Here From Somewhere

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day

12 noon - 2pm

The People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT


The People's Palace, Amnesty International and Artists in Exile Glasgow host a unique event to mark World Refugee Day, exploring traces of the British Empire and patterns of migration that have been influenced by its legacy. With live performance and a workshop exploring human rights issues.


  • Identities

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Tickets £5/£4 0131 556 9579


How do personal experiences and backgrounds affect stories and how they are told? Three professional storytellers - Amadu Khan from Sierra Leone, Mio Shapley from Japan and Michael Williams from Canada - share their own experiences of belonging and identity. Followed by a discussion.


  • Better Crack Club Storytelling Evening

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Tchai-Ovna Tea House, 42 Otago Lane, Glasgow, G12 8NU


Join the Glasgow Storytellers for an extra special Refugee Week Better Crack Club with guest storyteller Londi Beketch Luyeye and friends. Stories (and maybe some songs!) from around the world.


  • Words Between Friends

Sunday 22 June

2.30 pm

Artists in Exile Glasgow Gallery, 8-10 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G2 5QD


Scottish PEN and Artists in Exile Glasgow team up to present this unique event which showcases the work of refugee and asylum-seeking communities in each others’ languages. An opportunity to experience how translation can open the door to mutual understanding.



  • The Blank Album Workshops

Saturday 14 June

10.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm, 6.15pm

GilmorehillG12, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

£10(£8) for workshop & performance  0141 330 5522 


To accompany their performances of The Blank Album (See ‘Dance’), Gilmore Productions will be leading creative dance workshops. All levels of dancers and musicians with an interest in combining music with movement are welcome.


  • Theatre Found – writing workshops

Sunday 15 June

12 noon - 5pm

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow, G12 8AP


A workshop in short story development and sketch writing for asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants in Glasgow. At the end of the workshops, the group can perform their pieces which will reflect their cultural issues of living in translation.


  • Women in Refuge – Robin’s Fund, LINKES Women’s Group and Kingsway Women’s Group

Tuesday 17 & Thursday 19 June

6pm - 8.30pm

Venues to be confirmed


What does ‘refuge’ mean to women in Glasgow? Through these workshops, participants will explore this question by directing actors in scenarios inspired by photography and personal testimony.


  • Stand Out, Stand Up to Discrimination

Wednesday 18 June

7pm - 9pm

LGBT Centre, 84 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ


An interactive evening hosted by young LGBT people who are seeking asylum. Come and meet new friends and find out more about human rights issues.


  • Vada – Working Towards Social Justice

Thursday 19 June

7pm - 9pm

John Cotton Centre, 10 Sunnyside, Edinburgh, EH7 5RA


Drawing on the case of Mehdi Kazemi, who came to Britain to study English in 2005 then fled to the Netherlands last year when his application for asylum was turned down, this workshop will look at LGBT people’s rights across the world. Age range 17-25.



  • West End Festival 2008

Friday 13 - Sunday 29 June

For information and ticket details:


The West End Festival returns to Glasgow bringing over 400 events to this vibrant part of the city including theatre, classical and world music, jazz and blues, exhibitions, children’s authors, walks, talks and gala days. Opening Parade and Street Party at Byres Road on Sun 15 June.


  • Pollokshaws Festival – Pollokshaws Resettlement and Integration Network

Saturday 14 - Saturday 21 June

Various times and venues

For full programme:


A festival for the whole community with performers, a fashion show, photography exhibition, ceilidh, workshops and a talent competition by local schools.


  • Glasgow Mela

Sunday 22 June

12 noon - 8pm

Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, Glasgow, G12 8QQ


A multicultural event for all ages, including music, dance, street performers, children's entertainment, workshops, urban sports, holistic zones, fun fairs, arts and crafts and authentic catering outlets. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, welcoming all of Glasgow’s diverse communities.


  • International Family Day – Greater Pollok Integration Network

Friday 4 July

10am - 4pm

King George V Park, Boydstone Road, Pollok



Celebrate the rich diversity of the Greater Pollok area, with cultural pursuits, workshops, performance and outdoor activities.



  • A League for All Fives Tournament

Sunday 22 June

10am - 5pm

Kelvingrove Park (tennis courts), Kelvin Way, Glasgow, G12 8QQ



If we ever needed proof that football is the universal language, this event is surely it. Schools from all over Glasgow will be fielding teams which mix local born-and-bred talent with international refugee superstars-in-the-making for this furiously fast-paced 5-a-side tournament. Come along and support, cheer, sing or whatever else takes your fancy.



  • Gorbals International Celebration Event – Bridging the Gap

Wednesday 18 June

5pm - 8pm

St. Francis Hall, 405 Cumberland Street, Glasgow, G5 0SE



An event for the whole Gorbals community with music, dancing, international food, magic tricks, prizes and a Mr and Mrs World Competition – a first for Refugee Week!


  • Govanhill Settlement and Integration Network Celebration Event

Thursday 19 June

5.30pm - 8pm

Victoria Evangelical Church, South Annandale Street, Glasgow, G42 7JX


Explore gorgeous corsage making, world crafts, international food, face painting, hair braiding, a pipe band and other musical entertainment, plus a special exhibition of posters designed by children from local primary schools.


  • Refugee Week Celebration Evening - Edinburgh Refugee Centre

Thursday 19 June

7pm - 10pm

St. George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4RT


An evening of world music and dancing, children’s entertainment and international food. A treat for all the family.


  • Cultural Getting Together – Union of Turkish and Kurdish Refugee Families

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 June

12 noon - 4pm

63 Niddrie Mains Terrace, Edinburgh, EH16 4NX


A weekend of music, performance, folk dance and poetry. Come and hear some inspirational speakers talk about the difficulties refugees and asylum seekers face.


  • African / Scottish Picnic – Africa Umoja Scotland

Saturday 21 June

2pm - 8pm

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, just off Balloch Road, Balloch, G83 8BF


Relax at Loch Lomond and soak up the beautiful views with a blend of African drumming and Scottish piping. Enjoy a delicious picnic in the company of a truly international mix of people.


  • Cameroonian Food & Fashion - Cameroonian Association and Sympathisers in Scotland (CAMASS)

Saturday 21 June

3pm - 10pm

St. Mungo’s Church Hall, Parson Street, Townhead, Glasgow, G4 0RX


Share in a demonstration of Cameroonian food and fashion, accompanied by traditional music and dance. 


  • Allocodrome – Ivorian Women’s Action Group (AFIG)

Saturday 21 June


St Gregory's Church, 130 Kelvindale Rd, Glasgow, G20 8D


Visit the Allocodrome restaurant, sample traditional Alloco food from the Ivory Coast, listen to music, dance and see an Ivorian-themed fashion show.


  • Cameroonian Cultural Evening

Association of English Speaking Cameroonians in Scotland (ASSECS)

Saturday 21 June

5pm - 10pm

Kennishead Hall, 10 Kennishead Avenue, Thornliebank, Glasgow, G46 8PR


Learn about the culture of English speaking Cameroonian’s in Glasgow through traditional Njang dancing, dress and a selection of cultural dishes.


  • Scotlanka Musical Night

Saturday 21 June

7pm - 10pm

Sighthill Community Education Centre, 1 Fountainwell Square, Glasgow, G21 1RF


Get down and boogie at this family disco night. With a DJ playing music from a whole range of cultures and countries, this is an evening for the entire community.


  • The Big Refugee Week Party – The Welcoming Project and the Sudanese Community Association

Saturday 21 June

7pm - midnight

Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG


Come and party with entertainment from the Men from Sudan, Tashi (Tibet) and others, as well as inspirational speakers from across Edinburgh’s refugee community. Includes free soft drinks and food, plus a licensed bar.


  • Turkish & Ethnic Minority Centre Integration Event

Sunday 22 June

11am - 5pm (Bus pick up at 10am at the Turkish Ethnic Minority Centre, 187-189 Gallowgate, G1 5DY)

Strathclyde Country Park (Clyde Park area, near the water sports)


Spend your Sunday at this celebration of Middle Eastern cultures. Activities include music, dance, face painting and bouncy castle, plus a selection of delicious ethnic food.


  • Sri Mangala Vinayahar Family Fun day

Sunday 22 June

11am - 2pm
Woodside Hall, 36 Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, G20 7QE


A chance to celebrate with the Tamil community and the people of Maryhill. Enjoy traditional Tamil dancing and children’s games, have your face painted, sing, tell stories and taste traditional dishes, all under one roof.



  • Launch of Refugee Week Scotland 2008

Monday 16 June


Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB


Scottish Refugee Council hosts the launch of Refugee Week Scotland 2008 with international music, guest speakers and highlights of the week ahead.


  • Refugee Week Scotland Parliamentary Reception

Wednesday 18 June


The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Invitation only – contact Abbie Wallace 0141 248 9799


For the fourth year running, Bill Butler MSP hosts a celebration of Refugee Week at the Scottish Parliament.


  • Business Gateway Personal Enterprise Show: Integration through Business Creation

Wednesday 18 June

10am - 4pm

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU


Everything you need to know about starting a business in Scotland: stands hosted by organisations which can offer support and advice, seminars presented by well-known business speakers, the chance to meet successful business owners from the refugee community and great networking opportunities. Refreshments provided.


  • Torture and its Impact on Families

Wednesday 18 June

3pm - 5pm

The Adelphi Centre (Room 27), 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow, G5 0PQ


A presentation from Medical Foundation Scotland’s family therapist exploring the impact of torture and exile on families, followed by a discussion on how families can be supported to find ways to cope with their experiences.


  • Scottish Refugee Council’s Women’s Morning

Thursday 19 June

10am - 1pm

Scottish Refugee Council, 5 Cadogan Square, Glasgow, G2 7PH

Call 0800 085 6087 for more info, or just turn up on the day.


All asylum-seeking and refugee women are invited to this information morning. Advice on asylum support, education, housing, volunteering, safety, opportunities for children and much more. Massages, refreshments and female interpreters available.


  • Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day


Tron Theatre (Victoria Bar), 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

Invitation only - contact Jason Bergen 0141 285 8880


Now in its fourth year, the Refugee Week Scottish Media Awards recognise journalists who have demonstrated a positive contribution to the wider understanding of refugee and asylum issues. Co-ordinated by the Oxfam Asylum Positive Images Network.


  • Amnesty Sleep Out

Friday 20 June – World Refugee Day

9.30pm - 7am

Church of St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ


Join St Mark’s Amnesty group for their annual sleep out to highlight the plight of destitute asylum seekers and raise awareness of refugee issues.