Refugee Festival Scotland Artists Symposium

On Thursday June 27th, we held an Artists Symposium at CCA Glasgow.

The programme was led from the perspective of artists with lived experience of seeking refugee protection, and whose work focuses on migration and identity.

The event was hosted by Zimbabwean writer, poet, musician and performer Tawona Sitholé, who warmed up the crowd and led us expertly through the day.

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Under the Jasmine Tree

On Thursday 27th June, Maryhill Integration Network, Media Co-Op, St Fillans Primary School, teachers Monica Cohen and Saffanna Aljbawi and MIN Development Officer Pinar held the launch of a new animated film based on Saffanna’s poem “Under the Jasmine Tree” at St Fillans.

The film, animated by children attending St Fillans Primary School Migration After-School Club, received widespread media coverage, and is a powerful, moving film about escaping from Syria to Glasgow.

Read the poem, or watch the film here:

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Glasgow Disability Alliance Event for #RefugeeFestScot

On Thursday 27th June, Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) held a taster workshop for asylum seekers or refugees who identify as disabled or have a long-term condition. People were invited to learn more about the disabled people’s movement and try out a variety of creative, fun, accessible activities.

Images by volunteer photographer John Lanigan

Refugee Tales at Glasgow Women’s Library

On 27th June, a solidarity walk with those who have experienced indefinite detention left Kelvindale train station, and marched to Glasgow Women’s Library. This was followed by a “Refugee Tales” event at the Women’s Library – wherein a video recording of ‘The Smuggled Person’s Tale’ as told to Jackie Kay, read by actor Nima Teleghani, was played, followed by a reading and discussion with Sameena Zehra.

Images by volunteer photographer Parisa Baramakeh.