Refugee Week Scotland

Refugee Week Scotland 2014 - ‘Welcome’

This summer Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games, and with visitors from all over the world coming to our country, what better time for Refugee Week Scotland to take on the theme of ‘welcome’. Photo: Iman Tajik

But it’s not just visitors we want to welcome. At a time with increasingly negative attitudes towards migrants in the UK, we want to send a strong message that refugees and those seeking asylum are welcome in our communities.

Last year's Refugee Week Scotland

Refugee Week Scotland 2013 has been our most successful festival to date with over 100 arts & cultural events, including music, comedy, theatre, literature, community celebrations events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and as far afield as Mull and New Galloway.

Check out the best photos and blogs from this year.

A group of talented volunteers from Glasgow University Student Television have also created this amazing film of Refugee Week Scotland 2013 Opening Concert featuring Admiral Fallow, Karine Polwart and Malcolm Middleton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIC4hFShoLU

A festival for everyone - celebrating the contribution of refugees to Scotland 

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival of arts, cultural and educational events that takes place each June and celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. 

In Scotland, the programme is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and includes a vibrant mix of theatre, dance, exhibitions, film screenings, sports, seminars and community celebrations, which are held all over the country.

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.

Find out more about volunteering with Refugee Week Scotland.