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 2013
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.
Watch the Opening Concert film
A group of talented volunteers from Glasgow University Student Television have also created this amazing film of Refugee Week Scotland Opening Concert featuring Admiral Fallow, Karine Polwart and Malcolm Middleton:
Thank you for joining us to celebrate the contribution of refugees to Scotland. Scottish Refugee Council would also like to thank our wonderful Refugee Week Scotland volunteers; our supporters and participants; everyone who organised an event; and those people who tweeted, posted or blogged about this year’s celebration.
Has this year’s celebration inspired you to get involved in our future arts events? For more information, contact our Arts and Cultural Development Officer Suzi Simpson by email.