Programme highlights: Refugee Week Scotland 2010

 

Programme highlights: Refugee Week Scotland 2010

With over 110 events, Refugee Week Scotland promises to be a bumper celebration of Scotland’s journey in welcoming refugees.

Running from 14-20 June, Refugee Week brings together everything from hard-hitting theatre to photography, film and sport.

Belinda McElhinney, Refugee Week Scotland Co-ordinator, said: “This is an exciting festival which is growing every year. With a record number of events taking place across Scotland, it is fantastic to see how many people are keen to be involved. 

“The theme for Refugee Week Scotland is journeys and this subject has inspired some exciting work.  It has also created this great opportunity for us to celebrate Scotland’s cultural diversity and its journey as a place of sanctuary for refugees from all over the world. Scotland is rightly proud of its ability to offer that.”

Highlights of the 2010 programme include:

 

  • Roadkill: A Tron Theatre and Ankur Productions collaboration, in association with Scottish Refugee Council. A world premiere of this arresting new site specific work about a young woman trafficked to Glasgow. Directed by acclaimed actor/director/musician Cora Bissett. Catch it on its way to great things at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Runs from Tuesday 15- Saturday 19 June, meet at Tron Box Office, 7.30pm.

 

  • Hope (is a thing with feathers)

Performed at the Tron, Hope is a dance piece formulated by young people from the NorthEast of Sri Lanka. Dancer Kate E Deeming brings together stories of families from Sri Lanka with the thoughts and experiences of Sri Lankan refugees now living in Scotland.

Saturday 19 June, Tron Theatre, 8pm

 

  • Talking About Jane Austen in Bagdad: Would you brave gun-toting militias for a cut and blow-dry? Meet authors May Witwit and Bee Rowlatt and hear the real story of their unlikely friendship and the plan they hatched to help May escape the bombings of Baghdad.

Thursday 17 June, Mitchell Library, 6pm

 

  • My Bit: A new show by Ankur Productions, PANGAA Project and the award winning Ignite theatre explores the joys and fears of living in Glasgow using music and movement.  Performed by a talented and international young cast.

Thursday 17 June, Tron Theatre, 2pm and 7,30pm

 

  • Afghan Star: A rare chance to catch this multi-award winning film – and the UK’s Foreign Language entry to the Oscars 2010 - about the Afghan version of Pop Idol in which the contestants risk their  lives to sing.

Monday 14 June, Glasgow Film Theatre, 6.15pm

 

 

  • Refugee Week Football Tournament: Scotland might not be taking part in the World Cup, but you can come and cheer on your local five-a-side team in this vibrant celebration of the beautiful game. Participants from Scotland and all over the world – all now living in Glasgow – battle it out to win the trophy.

Saturday 19 June

 

Read about our  journey on the Refugee Week Scotland blog: www.refugeeweekscotland.posterous.com

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/scotrefcouncil

Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/scottishrefugeecouncil

 

For the full listings information go to www.refugeeweekscotland.com or contact media officers Clare Harris or Karin Goodwin on 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763

 

 

Notes to editors

 

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council.

 

  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 2010 will take place from June 14 to 20.

 

  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.

 

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