Refugee Week Scotland closing party. Photo: Julia Bauer
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.
Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and centred around World Refugee Day on 20 June, 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.