Refugee Week Scotland to feature over 100 events

Refugee Week Scotland will take place from 18th to 24th June 2012.

Organised by Scottish Refugee Council, Refugee Week Scotland will feature film festivals, football tournaments, comedy nights, carnivals, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, parties and much more,

It will be a week-long festival recognising both the contribution refugees make to Scottish culture and the welcome and support Scotland gives to refugees.

Scottish Refugee Council has also launched its Refugee Week Fundraising appeal. All proceeds raised will allow Scottish Refugee Council to continue supporting refugees seeking sanctuary in Scotland.

Refugee Week Scotland will open its festivities with a concert, curated by Mercury prize nominated King Creosote, founder of the acclaimed Scottish independent music label, the Fence Collective.

He will also be headlining the night as well as performing with special guests, including other Fence members, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap.

All proceeds raised from the concert will go to Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross.

Refugee Week will also mark the culmination of
Scottish Refugee Council’s Spirit photography project at Trongate 103 (from 8th June – 22nd July).

Scottish Refugee Council, in partnership with Street Level Photoworks, has been working with seven photographers from refugee backgrounds who have been out photographing different refugee communities.

Suzi Simpson, Arts and Cultural Development Officer said: “We are really excited to launch another fabulous Refugee Week, this year themed around Spirit. There are over 100 events planned including a star-studded opening concert featuring Fence Collective’s King Creosote, an exclusive preview of excerpts from Cora Bissett’s new musical, Glasgow Girls, and a wealth of community celebrations demonstrating the strength of spirit of refugees across Scotland.

"This year we are also launching our Refugee Week Scotland Fundraising Appeal. We can’t do this without support so we hope everyone will get in the spirit and help us to ensure this great festival continues to go from strength to strength.”


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