This year, Scotland’s ever-expanding programme of films, performances, music events, exhibitions and club nights celebrating the contribution that refugees have made to our society is marking a very important anniversary: it’s 60 years since the UN Refugee Convention was signed, and it has saved millions of lives ever since.
They’re celebrating with their biggest lineup to date, and many of this year’s events have taken ‘courage’ as their starting point, exploring ideas through poetry, plays, exhibitions, dance pieces and workshops. Refugee Week works with Scotland’s best venues to create mini-festivals: look out for a really good line up of theatre and comedy at the Tron in Glasgow, poetry readings and performance at the Trongate in Stirling, exhibitions by the excellent photojournalist Angela Caitlin at Glasgow’s Platform and Paisley Museum, and a special feature exhibition charting 60 years of stories from refugees in Scotland at Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum.
Various venues across Scotland, Mon 20–Sun 26 Jun. See list.co.uk for full listings.
Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and centred around World Refugee Day, this annual festival of arts and cultural events celebrates the contribution which refugees
make to Scottish cultural life and the welcome offered by local people. The 2020 edition marks the 20th year of the festival.
Joint exhibition by award-winning photojournalist Angela Catlin and writer Billy Briggs, who travelled to Syria to document the plight of some of the millions of ordinary Iraqis living there who have fled the conflict in their homeland.
The Scottish Refugee Council marks 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention with a celebration of the contributions of refugees to Scotland. The items on show include film, newspaper articles and photographs and tell the stories of refugees from Zimbabwe, Germany and Chile. Part of Refugee Week Scotland.
A poignant collection of images created by photographer Angela Catlin in response to a commission by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture to catalogue the lives of torture victims based in Glasgow. Part of Refugee Week Scotland.