Programme revealed for Refugee Week Scotland 2012

Members of Voice of Hope Choir   left to right   Margaret Lance  Fikile Hlatshwayo and Lebo Mohlakoane.
Voice of Hope Choir - one of many talented acts this year.

Scottish Refugee Council has launched its Refugee Week Scotland 2012 programme which, in this Year of Creative Scotland, is the most far-reaching in its 12-year history - with events being celebrated from Orkney to the Scottish Borders.

From film festivals to football tournaments, comedy nights to carnivals, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, parties and much more, Refugee Week Scotland 2012 (18 – 24 June) is a week-long festival recognising both the contribution refugees make to Scottish culture and the welcome and support Scotland gives to refugees.

Scottish Refugee Council is also launching its Refugee Week Fundraising appeal. All proceeds raised will allow us to continue supporting refugees seeking sanctuary in Scotland.

Acclaimed musician opens Refugee Week concert

Refugee Week Scotland opens its festivities with a concert, curated by Mercury prize nominated King Creosote, founder of the acclaimed Scottish independent music label, the Fence Collective.

He will also be headlining the night as well as performing with special guests, including other Fence members, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap.

All proceeds raised from the concert will go to Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross.

Refugee Week also marks the culmination of our Spirit photography project at Trongate 103 (8 June – 22 July). Scottish Refugee Council, in partnership with Street Level Photoworks, has been working with seven photographers from refugee backgrounds who have been out photographing different refugee communities.

Help us to ensure this great festival
           continues  to go from strength to strength.

- Suzi Simpson

Suzi Simpson, Arts and Cultural Development Officer said: “We are really excited to launch another fabulous Refugee Week, this year themed around Spirit.

"There are over 100 events planned including a star-studded opening concert featuring Fence Collective’s King Creosote, an exclusive preview of excerpts from Cora Bissett’s new musical, Glasgow Girls, and a wealth of community celebrations demonstrating the strength of spirit of refugees across Scotland.

 "This year we are also launching our Refugee Week Scotland Fundraising Appeal. We can’t do this without support so we hope everyone will get in the spirit and help us to ensure this great festival continues to go from strength to strength.”

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