Refugee Week Scotland celebrates World Refugee Day at the end of a bumper festival

Refugee Week Scotland celebrates World Refugee Day at the end of a bumper festival

Refugee Week Scotland draws to a close today– on World Refugee Day [Sunday, June 20] – after celebrating its biggest ever festival.

The programme, which ran from June 14 to 20,  included over 110 events across Scotland including dance, theatre, exhibitions, sports, street carnivals, community celebrations, comedy and film screenings and attracted record audiences.

Belinda McElhinney, Refugee Week Scotland coordinator, said: ‘We were so pleased to see so many people attending and enjoying Refugee Week Scotland this year. It’s a credit to the many community groups, arts organisations, and individuals that we were able to stage the biggest event yet.

‘The aim of Refugee Week is to celebrate the contribution that refugees have made to Scotland, as well as to raise awareness around the issues that people seeking refuge in our country still face. We reckon many, many more Scots now have a better understanding of these issues thanks to the things they’ve seen and done during a wonderful Refugee Week.

‘It is fitting that Refugee Week concludes with World Refugee Day, a global reminder of the need for every country to fulfil its humanitarian duty in providing a safe and welcoming refuge for people who are hit by war, conflict and persecution across the world.’

  • Images: *FREE FIRST USE* Cast Members of Knightswood’s Ignite Youth Theatre played to a packed crowd during Refugee Week Scotland at The Tron Theatre. Their play, 'My Bit', told the story of making a life in Glasgow. Ignite was set up by young refugees as a way to use drama to raise awareness of the issues they were experiencing. Credit: Ashley Coombes, Epic Scotland.

***Pictures and details of today’s Refugee Week Football Tournament to follow.

For more information contact: Clare Harris, Media Officer, Scottish Refugee Council on 07734 030763