Broadcast and Picture Opportunity: Refugee Week 2009 Kicks Off


Broadcast and Picture Opportunity

Refugee Week 2009 Kicks Off



Refugee Week kicks off with family fun at Glasgow’s Tramway and Hidden Gardens


Interview and filming opportunities: Saturday June 13th, 1.00pm, at the Hidden Gardens, Albert Drive, Glasgow


Broadcast interview, sound and picture package available at Govanhill and Pollokshields Family Fun Day, Saturday June 13th, 1.00pm


Former Glasgow Girl campaigner and Somali refugee Amal Azzudin, as well as Refugee Week Coordinator Abbie Wallace, will be available for interview at the event.


Steven MacCallum’s new Refugee Week play ‘Home Sweet Home’ will also preview at the Tramway from 2pm, and many other events will be taking place including African food tasting, Turkish songs and storytelling.


For more details contact:
Clare Harris or Karin Goodwin, Media and Communications Officers,

0141 223 7927, 07734 030763



Over 100 diverse arts, cultural and sporting events will take place across Scotland to mark this year’s Refugee Week, taking place from June 15-21. Download it here:



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Notes to Editors


  1. Refugee Week Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and is a partner event with Homecoming Scotland.


  1. Refugee Week is 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. Refugee Week 2009 will take place from 15th to 21st June.


  1. The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.


Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.