Refugee Week Scotland 2013 - A vibrant celebration of community, diversity and heritage

Refugee Week Scotland

Refugee Week Scotland closing party. Photo: Julia Bauer

Line-up features Kevin Bridges, Malcolm Middleton, carnivals and gardening projects

Not just for those new to Scotland’s shores, Refugee Week Scotland 2013 claims to be ‘a festival for everyone’. This year’s offering has some stonking highlights, with a programme that ranges from big music and comedy acts to little sparkling nuggets of community activity and international insight.

The opening concert kicks things off and keeps it local with performances from Admiral Fallow, Karine Polwart and Malcolm Middleton (Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Mon 17 Jun), while big names from the world of Glasgow comedy include Susan Calman and Kevin Bridges taking the stage at the British Red Cross Comedy Night (Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 22 Jun) and Wasasa Comedy Night Special (The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 17 Jun) respectively.

Away from the starrier end of the spectrum, there are plenty thoughtful considerations about the nature of ‘heritage’ in the form of several smaller community events covering everything from ceilidhs and social evenings to carnivals and gardening projects. Ten nations battle it out on the pitch, speaking the only truly global language -- football -- at a special Refugee Week tournament, while the Sudanese Community group invites you to learn about the vibrant customs that form part a traditional wedding.

Elsewhere, there’s a feast of theatre, literature, exhibitions, dance, film and inclusive African and Middle Eastern foodie nights, all combining to prove that, wherever in the world you’re from, nothing unites people like a great big party.

Various venues, Glasgow & Edinburgh, Mon 17--Sun 23 Jun.

Wasasa Comedy Night

Hosted by the Kasengele Brothers, 'wasasa' basically translates as 'yer naw funny', however original comedians who steer clear of racism/sexism/homophobia make this a thought-provoking, creative night.

British Red Cross Refugee Week Comedy Night

An evening of first class stand-up, brought to you by the Red Cross, featuring Hardeep Singh Kohli, Danny Bhoy, Susie McCabe, Scott Gibson, Bruce Morton, Gary Little and compere Ray Bradshaw. All funds raised support our Glasgow Refugee Services Centre.

Refugee Festival Scotland

Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and centred around World Refugee Day, this annual festival of arts and cultural events celebrates the contribution refugee make to Scottish cultural life and the welcome offered by local people. It features more than 100 music, visual art, film, performance, discussion and…

Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards

Annual awards, hosted by the British Red Cross, highlighting exceptional reporting of asylum and refugee issues in the Scottish press. Presented in association with the Scottish Refugee Council and the National Union of Journalists. Booking is essential.

No Logo

Devised by Ignite's junior company, this challenging comedy is based on the early life of member Ngqabutho Mpofu and examines his experiences arriving in Scotland.

Refugee Week Scotland Heritage Finale

Refugee Week Scotland comes to a close with this finale featuring music and dance. Performers hail from Kosovo, Albania, Iran, Lithuania, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland and further afield.

Refugee Week Scotland Opening Concert

To help kick things off, Glasgow-based pop folksters Admiral Fallow join fellow Scottish Album of the Year nominees Karine Polwart and former Arab Strap man Malcolm Middleton for an evening of uplifting, celebratory, musical good times. Proceeds go to Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross.

Immigration in Song and Story

Immigrants to Scotland tell stories about making the country their home in an open mic setting. Musicians Roxana and Peter Vilk lead the session. Booking is essential.

Karen Campbell: Fact v Fiction

The author of This Is Where I Am talks about her book, which focuses on a refugee family, and speaks with Joe Brady and Wafa Shaheen of Refugee Council Scotland.

Our Glasgow

An exhibition of photographs taken over the last three years by a group of young refugees, who have captured the city through the point of view of a newcomer.

Sue Reid Sexton and Kusay Hussein

Scottish writer Reid Sexton and Iraqi writer Hussein talk about their collaborative work, which ranges from poetry and short stories to three upcoming novellas.

Diving for Pearls Celebration

For the past nine months, people in Govan have been taking part in creative workshops on themes of migration and shipbuilding; the project was inspired by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer's classic song 'Shipbuilding' and it comes with a ringing endorsement from the song's original singer, Robert Wyatt.

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