Biggest ever Refugee Week Scotland kicks off at Glasgow’s Tramway and Hidden Gardens titled

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Biggest ever Refugee Week Scotland kicks off at Glasgow’s Tramway and Hidden Gardens


Interview and filming opportunities: Saturday June 13, 1pm, at the Hidden Gardens, Albert Drive, Glasgow


Refugee Week Scotland 2009 begins its biggest ever programme of events with a Family Fun Day featuring African cooking, Turkish music and a whole host of activities at Glasgow’s Tramway and Hidden Gardens this Saturday.


With over 100 events programmed across Scotland for the week, which begins officially on June 15, there is something for everyone during Refugee Week. The aim is to celebrate the contribution that refugees have made to Scotland through arts, music and discussion.  This year the theme is ‘HOME’ which, in this year of Homecoming, seeks to remind Scots of those forced to flee their homes and seek refuge – and a second home – in Scotland.


Glasgow Girl campaigner and Somali refugee Amal Azzudin is taking part in Refugee Week and recently invited artist John Byrne and singer songwriter Emma Pollock into her home to help launch this year’s Refugee Week programme. She said: “Here in Scotland I’m safe. I have opportunities, and I have a future. For me Refugee Week is a chance to celebrate that.”


Abbie Wallace, Refugee Week Scotland coordinator, said: “This year’s programme is the biggest we have ever seen in Scotland. It’s a sign that more and more people are keen to take part in Refugee Week and we hope that as many people as possible come along to the events on offer to meet new people and enjoy music, film, art and performances.”


Simon Macallum’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 on

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.  For more information go and the programme go to:

Check out and pass on our HOME video at:






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.


  1. Everyone - from Haddington to the Hebrides - can get involved in Refugee Week Scotland by taking part in the Simple Acts campaign. Simple Acts is about inspiring people to use small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees. We believe that if everyone does at least one of these simple actions, such as read a book about exile, watch a movie about refugees, or cook a dish from another country, we can make a  big change to the way refugees and British born people see each other. It sounds simple and it is! For more information see