Refugee Week Scotland
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.
Refugee Week Scotland 2014 / Welcome
This year's Refugee Week Scotland took place from 16 - 22 June at venues all over Scotland showing the vibrancy and dynamism of Scotland's cultures through our programme of over 120 music, theatre, dance, film, sports and visual arts events, discussions, club nights, community celebrations, family days and workshops – promising something for everyone.
All under the theme of '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 welcoming theme.
But it’s not just visitors we wanted to welcome. At a time with increasingly negative attitudes towards migrants in the UK, we wanted to send a strong message that refugees and those seeking asylum are welcome in our communities.
In between the many festival events we took it to the streets with our Welcome Tent, created a 90 seconds long 'Welcome' film, found a brilliant winner of our video competition and asked people all over Scotland to say #IWelcomeRefugees. We're proud to say that they did!