Cranhill Development Trust will be hosting HOME, a photographic exhibition on the 20th of June, coinciding with World Refugee Day and Refugee Festival Scotland 2018.
Over the past two months, our group have been getting together each week for photographic workshops, exploring themes of home and memory. Alanna Gow, the facilitator, is in the midst of her research on the integration processes for refugees and asylum seekers living in Glasgow.
This photographic project seeks to explore Glasgow from the perspective of those directly involved in these processes. More than anything, this exhibition celebrates the diverse creative skills here at Cranhill.
A backpack. A toy car. Some colouring books. A letter.
Don’t let these familiar items fool you; there’s more to them than meets the eye. Each object has a powerful story to tell: of despair, terror, exhaustion, but also of warmth, hospitality and humanity.
The Museum Without A Home is a free, award-winning exhibition of small acts of kindness created by Oxfam and Amnesty International – which opens on Monday 18 June at Glasgow City Chambers.
The everyday objects on display were given by British and Greek people to people in need of protection in Greece and the UK, to comfort them and help to make the difficulties of daily life more manageable. These objects represent the solidarity displayed and symbolise friendships that have been formed over many months.
The exhibition was originally shown in Athens in 2016 and has since been displayed in New York, Belfast, Belgrade and Ottawa. It has now gained a number of objects given by people in the UK to recently-arrived refugees, including a heart-warming letter fae a local donated by Refuweegee.
If you’re looking for a powerful antidote to European governments’ hostility towards refugees then Museum Without A Home is for you.
Each item represents a bridge; an outstretched hand of friendship; the kindness of strangers.
Museum Without A Home will be at Glasgow City Chambers from Monday 18 June until Friday 22 June.
Shown during Refugee Festival Scotland, this unique screening of Here to Stay will not be shown anywhere else in Glasgow. The film tells the story of FC Lampedusa St. Pauli, a football team in Hamburg comprised of refugees and shows the power that football can have.
Come along to the Queen Margaret Union on Thursday 21st June and learn all about this great football team and the work they do with Refugees in Hamburg. Glasgow St Pauli looks forward to seeing you on the evening and being able to share this special film with you.
Glasgow St Pauli Supporters Club aims to provide a friendly environment for local based supporters of the Football club St Pauli. They stand against all forms of discrimination and have a welcoming environment that encourages new members and guests along at their meetings. Their first aim as a supporters club was to see how they could help communities that needed support, with their motto being, ‘More Than Football’. In their first year they raised over £10,000 for a range of charities and worked closely with FC St. Pauli to take refugee children living in Hamburg to FC St. Pauli matches.
They also believe football should be for everyone and have a free non-competitive football session on Sundays in collaboration with United Glasgow. Everyone is welcome, and they will provide kit and boots for those that need it! Come along on Sundays at 12 pm, The Foundation, 137 Shawbridge Street, Glasgow, G43 1QQ.
On Sunday 5th August, Glasgow St Pauli are hosting a fundraising gig in aid of Scottish Refugee Council and United Glasgow, the line up looks amazing and you can buy your tickets here for £15: https://tickets-scotland.com/loveg
Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts
Do you get my drift?: ‘Sankofa’ and the Arts of Integrating the old with the new.
Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts
with Gameli Tordzro, Tawona Sithole, Naa Densua Tordzro
“Do you get my drift?” is a phrase we use often in English to check that someone has understood us when we do not require ultimate precision or full comprehension. It is a gentle way of checking that we are moving towards a shared understanding. The problem of translation and translatability lies at the heart of much of contemporary philosophy and is practically relevant to how we live with linguistic diversity in the integrating communities and societies that make up Scotland.
On 20 June I will mark World Refugee Day by giving the Annual Unesco Chair Lecture as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2018. I am honoured to be doing this in my capacity as Unesco Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, and as an Ambassador for Scottish Refugee Council.
Following the publication of the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy in January 2018, the lecture will focus in on the contested concept of integration. I will ask: who is integration for? Who does it serve? If it is indeed desirable, how is it to be achieved? And who does the integrating?
The New Scots Integration Strategy introduces two new key approaches to integration: languages and human rights. These approaches offer a challenge to Scotland, requiring us to consider our complex history and the vision of the kind of inclusive society we wish to foster to enable all within it to flourish.
Common sense would dictate that transparency, coherence and efficiency are the best values for delivering a national project of inclusive integration. In my lecture I will draw upon the Ghanaian concept of sankofa to offer up some complementary approaches to integration we may wish to consider: opacity, slowness, untranslatability. These offer some surprising insights.
For people to learn to live together and understand one another, the experience of difference and diversity is both vital and often difficult. Central to the question of integration is how we as individuals, institutions, societies and communities approach and manage difference and diversity. This is also fundamental in the processes which underlie trauma healing, and recovery for individuals, societies and communities.
In the lecture, we will explore together the role of multiple languages and of different forms of art which offer us ways of engaging with difference and diversity which, importantly, do not require resolution.
Blending arts, languages and even traditional academic research we will present a variety of approaches to integration which have been part of different societies in the past. Throughout the lecture the meaning will be mirrored, embodied and given life in song, dance and poetry by RILA artists in residence.
Highland Multicultural Friends warming up the Highlands with more love.
If you are new to the Scottish Highlands and adapting to a new culture, at home with a baby, want to improve your English, meet new friends, or share experiences, Highland Multicultural Friends can help you.
Highland Multicultural Friends aims to promote understanding and racial and religious equality within the host and Minority Ethnic communities locally, whilst celebrating the rich cultural diversity that makes up our Highland population.
Moreover, they provide a point of contact and a network of support for families and individuals, especially from minority ethnic backgrounds, living within the area. Members of the host society who share the vision are also welcome.
Highland Multicultural Friends are based, during school term times, at the Cameron Youth Centre on Planefield Road, Inverness. Their weekly programme includes: ESOL, sewing group, food and friendship, baby group, fitness class and kids club.
They believe they have a lot to offer, whether it’s cooking for others, sharing cultural experiences, befriending or enabling different sectors of our society to meet in an accessible and informal setting.
Last year’s ‘Travel the World in a Day’ at Merkinch Community Centre, had: over 300 people attending, 16 different cultural display stands, Global Food Café serving lunch, interactive workshops and activities for all ages and cultural performances of music, dance and story-telling.
They have invited the various groups of refugee families, recently settled into different towns in the Highlands, to join a special celebration. Transport to this event has been difficult for many in the past. Last year’s event marking ‘Refugee Festival Scotland’ was held in Inverness, and to combat this they are holding their 2018 event nearer to where many of these communities are based.
This year Highland Multicultural Friends are holding ‘Untangling Threads’ where adults from refugee and immigrant families create a new piece of collaborative art, with the support of Common Threads Sewing Group and local community artist Lizzie MacDougall.