Festival line-up | Tuesday 15 June

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Tuesday 15 June:

Black Scots
by National Theatre of Scotland
Online event | Film
Available all day

Celebrate Culture – Photography Competition
by Renfrewshire’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group
Online event | Art
Available all day

Travellers – Eden Court

by Eden Court

Available all day

Champagne Room: A Nollywood Movie Screening
by Turn Flicks
Online event| Film
Available all day

Gaming Against The Hostile Environment
by Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
In-person / Online event | Gaming
Available all day

Life In The Time: Exhibition
by Amina MWRC
Online event | Art
Available all day

Multi Events-University Of Edinburgh 
by University of Edinburgh
Online event | Multi-events – see listing

Musicians In Exile – Always On The Move
by THE GLASGOW BARONS
Online event | Music
Available all day

Together / Apart

by Take One Action

Available all day

Making Home
by Steeple Church, Dundee
Online event | Art
Available all day

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture
by V & A Dundee
In-person event | Community
10.30am

From Exclusion To Inclusion
by Scottish Wider Access Programme (West) (SWAPWest)
Online events | Community Event
11am

I AM FROM HERE, THERE
by Distanced Assemblage
Online events | Art
11am

Tears Of Gold: Stories Of Refugee Women Displaced From Home
by Hannah Rose Thomas
Online event | Art
11am

A Thread Is A Journey
by Central and West Integration Network and The Glasgow School of Art
In-person event | Art and community
1pm – 4pm

Sounds Of Govan Community Project
by Govan Community Project
Online event | Radio
1pm – 3pm

Ma Mapula
by ShwayShway Films
Online event | Film
2pm

Colouring Outside The Lines – Virtual Art Exhibition Guided Tour
by UNESCO RILA
Online event | Art
4pm

In Her Own Words
by V&A Dundee
Online event | Art
5pm

Welcome To Our Zoom Club *Children 8 – 12*
by Serve2020
Online events | Children’s club
5pm

Monuments For A Multicultural Society
by Francesca Zappia
Online event | Workshop
6pm

Right To Work: Right To Freedom
by Maryhill Integration Network
Online event | Discussion
6pm

ESOL Class With Lingo Flamingo
by Lingo Flamingo CIC
Online event | Training courses & workshops
7pm

Live Cooking Class
by Standing Tall Arts
Online event | Food
7pm-9pm

Refugee Festival Scotland runs from Monday 14 June until Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day). Check out the full Refugee Festival Programme here.

 

“An opportunity to share the experiences and diversity of people living in the Highlands.”

 ‘Travellers’ is a filmed dance piece, performed by Eden Court Adult Performance Group.

The choreography and content of the piece were inspired by the shared experiences of the performers and Syrian women living in the Highlands of Scotland.

The two groups came together to dance, talk and laugh over a number of weeks. The adult performance group then drew on these interactions to create a piece of dance expressing their shared impressions and reflections.

This is the first time that Eden Court has actively participated in Refugee Festival Scotland. The group shared their excitement at being part of it:

“Refugee Festival Scotland is an opportunity to share the experiences of people living in the Highlands, and the diversity of people living in the Highlands. It is also an opportunity to reflect upon what more needs to be done to ensure the Highlands is a welcoming and inclusive place for all cultures.”

The film will be hosted on Eden Court’s website and social media for the duration of the festival.

Find out more: https://www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/events/travellers-eden-court/

Festival line-up | Monday 14 June

We’ve got a jam-packed programme of events happening throughout Refugee Festival Scotland which runs from Monday 14 June until Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day).

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Monday 14 June.

Amber
by Distanced Assemblage
Online event | Art
Available all day

Black Scots
by National Theatre of Scotland
Online event | Film
Available all day

Celebrate Culture – Photography Competition
by Renfrewshire’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group
Online event | Art
Available all day

Travellers – Eden Court

by Eden Court

Available all day

Champagne Room: A Nollywood Movie Screening
by Turn Flicks
Online event| Film
Available all day

Gaming Against The Hostile Environment
by Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
In-person / Online event | Gaming
Available all day

Life In The Time: Exhibition
by Amina MWRC
Online event | Art
Available all day

Multi Events-University Of Edinburgh 
by University of Edinburgh
Online event | Multi-events – see listing

Musicians In Exile – Always On The Move
by THE GLASGOW BARONS
Online event | Music
Available all day

Making Home
by Steeple Church, Dundee
Online event | Art
Available all day

Tears Of Gold: Stories Of Refugee Women Displaced From Home
by Hannah Rose Thomas
Online event | Art
11am

Together / Apart 
by Take One Action
Online events | Film
From 10am

Travellers – Eden Court 
by Eden Court
Online event | Performance
From 10am

The Anti Dawn Raid Chorus 
by University of Glasgow
Online event | Discussion
12pm

Stories of Hope Launch 
by Poverty Truth Community
Online event | Storytelling
1.30pm

In Our Shoes 
by Maryhill Integration Network / Shpresa Program @AlbScott
Online event | Storytelling
4pm

Hopes For A Post Covid World: Music And Hope
by Massive Outpouring of Love (MOOL)
Online events | Music and Storytelling
6pm

Girlguiding Scotland Taster Session *GIRLS ONLY SESSION*
by Girlguiding Scotland
Online events | Community event
6.30pm

Check out the full Refugee Festival Programme here.

 

7 events for children

Looking for Refugee Festival Scotland events for children? Here are 7 free, family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained.

1. Welcome to Our Zoom Club

The kids from Serve2020 in Paisley invite you to join them for a special edition of their weekly Zoom Club for fun, games, songs and more.

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 5pm

2. Glasgow’s Welcome

Join Refuweegee for a bedtime reading of Jennifer T. Doherty’s fantastic book, Glasgow’s Welcome, shared by various storytellers in Arabic, English and Gaelic.

Wednesday 16 June 2021, 7- 8pm

3. Wee Welcome Special

An English language support session for families with young children. Meet people from around the world who now live in Scotland to chat, exchange ideas and take part in child-friendly activities like singing, storytelling and arts and crafts.

Friday 18 June 2021, 11:15-12.15

4. Porridge And Play Children Say Hey!

To celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland, children from the Licketyspit community invite their friends, classmates and other new families to join a fun-filled taster session designed by them!

Saturday, 19 June, 11pm

5. ESOLperth family fun day

Join Scots old and new at Perth’s North Inch for table tennis, football, volleyball and children’s races!

Saturday 19 June 2021, 12:00

6. Create kick drums in your kitchen

Jenny Tingle from Music Broth proves that making music really is for everyone. Tune in and learn how to create the sounds of a drum kit using items that can be found around the house.

Saturday 19 June, 5.30-6.30pm

7. Kas Kids

Children from refugee backgrounds – and the wider community – are invited to join this virtual gathering to meet, share their stories and talk about their experience of coming to Scotland.

Saturday 19 June, 6pm

View the full programme of events

AMBER: marking 70 years of the UN Convention on Refugees

A unique performance which seeks to celebrate stories of migration, reflect on the fragmented journeys that many refugees face, and protest proposed asylum reforms.

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, the international treaty that upholds the right to seek refugee protection and the legal obligations of states to provide for people seeking asylum.

Over the past seven decades, the Convention has had an impact on millions of people’s lives. But in 2021, the rights and principles it enshrines remain insecure and under threat.

To honour the anniversary of the Convention, Scottish Refugee Council has commissioned Paria Goodarzi and Francisco Llinas Casas of Distanced Assemblage to create a piece of public art in response to this complex moment in time.

Here, they talk about their artwork, AMBER, and what this moment means to them.

“We live in an ambivalent world where the cost of human conflict has reached more than 10,000 deaths of refugees in the Mediterranean since 2014. It’s clear that the values of the Convention are threatened and, with them, the freedoms and guarantees it endows to people seeking asylum.

So we ask ourselves, is this seventieth anniversary a time to celebrate or time to protest?

Can our protest be in itself an expression and celebration of freedom?

How can our actions help to document the moment of crisis we live in for future generations?

With AMBER, we wanted to make a radical artistic expression that could engage with personal aspects our stories of migration in a celebratory way and, simultaneously, protest against the current apprehension and reforms around the UK asylum system.

AMBER consists of two artists walking from Dungavel Detention Centre to the Home Office building in Glasgow through two different routes on the first day of Refugee Festival Scotland, Monday 14 June. We will push our bodies in this long performance, while wearing an engraved mirror on our backs. The engraved mirrors feature elements relevant to the Convention, commenting on the freedom of movement it guarantees.

Our performance responds to the different paths asylum seekers might take in their migratory journeys, commenting on the impossibility to judge their need for protection based on the way they arrive to our shores. Likewise, the walk from these two buildings examines the tension between the two ends of the system: the ‘Home’ office that can provide refuge according the Convention, and the ‘Removal’ centre where refoul takes place.

The reflection of the audience against the mirrors will uncover different layers of meaning, including the negotiation of identity and underrepresentation of refugees and minorities.

We also want people to look at their reflection against the surrounding reality of the city and think about issues of our contemporary social experience such as discrimination, political upheaval and inequality. We will bring these issues into the street with our walk from one place to another, reminding ourselves how civilised life and humanity coexist with conflict and displacement.

We invite the audience to ask questions, discuss and share while we perform our journey, providing a platform to engage with people and their socio-political concerns.”

Paria and Francisco will set off from Dungavel at 6am on Monday, 14 June. At around 1pm, they will spilt up, each taking a different route before reconnecting in Queen’s Park in Glasgow at around 3pm. Here, they will take a short break before beginning the final leg of their journey to the Home Office arriving at approximately 4.30pm.

We’ll be following their progress and posting regular updates on social media throughout the day. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see how they’re getting on. 

Find out more about AMBER