On Tuesday 25th June we held our annual Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards at Corinthian Club in Glasgow, to recognise and celebrate standout quality reporting on refugee issues by journalists in Scotland.
The event was MC’d by our Media Manager Pauline Diamond Salim, and opened by CEO Sabir Zazai, who said “excellent journalism can give a voice and humanity to refugees”.
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On Tuesday 25th June, as part of a series of free art workshops held over the month of June for women and children, Milk Cafe on Victoria Road held a photography workshop.
Images by volunteer photographer Parisa Baramakeh.
As well as interacting with meaningful household objects, photos and accessories, participants had the opportunity to contribute to a living story book on the theme of ‘Home’, play games from around the world and learn about common hospitality rituals. The event was created by ESOL learners and was held on Tuesday 25th June.
Regional Adviser Aneel Bhopal: “Audio interviews, written stories, artwork, photography and more, created by ESOL learners in Glasgow, helped to paint a picture of what ‘home’ means to different people at Glasgow ESOL Forum’s #RefugeeFestScot event at CCA Glasgow.”
On Monday 24th June, our Dundee office held a fun-filled family celebration to launch #RefugeeFestScot in the city.
The day began with speeches by our CEO Sabir Zazai, Dundee City Housing Manager David Simpson and Steeple Church Minister Rev. Robert Calvert. These were followed by a short film about our peer volunteers in Dundee, who were then presented with certificates for their achievements by Sabir.
We were then entertained with traditional Iranian music by Musicians in Exile, before a joyous collaboration with some of our Dundee peer volunteers.
The afternoon ended with a fine selection of food prepared by our volunteers, and a frenetic dabke to close.
Don’t miss #RefugeeFestScot events taking place throughout the week at Steeple Church, the V&A and across Dundee: Dundee RFS Programme
Images by John Lannigan.
In Perth, Iraq- born artist and Perth College graduate Miami Mohsin presented her moving exhibition “Greatness of Silence”.
Her four sculptures represented the horrors and tragedy of migration and displacement: Running, Delivering, Drowning and Losing – in turn displaying people escaping the horrors of war; a woman delivering a child on the street; a boat, drowning in the sea; and parents burying their child. The figures are missing their hearts, to represent loss of identity and self.
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