Refugee Week Scotland 16th – 22nd June, 2014

becky duncanRefugee Week Scotland

(Photo: Becky Duncan Photography)

14th – 22nd June

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival of arts, cultural and educational events that takes place each June and celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. 

In Scotland, the programme is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and includes a vibrant mix of theatre, dance, exhibitions, film screenings, sports, seminars and community celebrations, which are held all over the country

Open Arms A celebration of Nigeria’s Igbo culture

16:00 to 18:30
Aspire Centre
135 Wellington Street
G2 2XD


A celebration of Nigeria’s Igbo culture with performances from:

Akwunaechenyi Drumming & Masquerade Group
Igbo storyteller Obi Iroegbu and Mara Menzie (Toto Tales)
Traditional music
Dishes including Nkwobi, Ugba, Abacha, Isi Equ, Suya and more (cuisine that can’t be found in any Glasgow restaurant!)

Sat 14 June
4pm – 6:30pm

Commonwealth Ceilidh and Cafe

Dancing and food

9/06/2014 – 2 p.m.

African Caribbean Centre

 Day Event : Free /// Ceilidh Ticket: £5 / £2.50 unemployed / free for asylum seekers

Learn dance steps from Scottish and other cultural traditions. Followed by delicious dinner dishes from Commonwealth countries and a Ceilidh where dances learned can be put into practice.

African Caribbean Centre
66 Osbourne Street
G1 5QH

Thursday 19 June
2:00pm – midnight

African Caribbean Centre

Bring a Friend Feast

Presented by Bridging The Gap


18:00 to 20:00

Gorbals Parish Church

Price    Free – but ticketed

Bring a friend along for a sit down feast prepared and served by Briding the Gap volunteers in full wait staff costume, with music and cultural offerings from around the world. Children are welcome to join the meal with their parents.

Gorbals Parish Church
1 Errol Gardens
G5 0RA


17 June, 2014

Twenty STAR members will be hiking 20 miles each to raise money for the Refugee Survival Trust

The start of last year’s STAR Trek    

When first claiming asylum in the UK, asylum seekers must travel to Croydon (London) for an interview, no matter where they arrived in the country. The Home Office do not offer any money to pay for this journey, and so it presents a huge obstacle for many asylum seekers. Many end up living destitute because they have no way to get to Croydon.

The journey from Glasgow to Croydon is (roughly) 400 miles, and we at STAR Glasgow believe this is too far to expect asylum seekers to travel out of their own pocket. As a response to this, 20 of us will be hiking for 20 miles – making a total of 400 miles walked – and we’re doing it to raise money for the Refugee Survival Trust, who give grants to enable people to make the trip to Croydon.

If you are up for coming on the trek, please let us know at so we can keep track of how many people are attending. If you’d like to sponsor us, go to, or text “STAR83 £[amount]” to 70070 to donate any amount you want via text.


17/06/2014  – 08:30 to 23:30

West Highland Way

Philanthrobeats vs Re:verb

An interactive audio-visual carnival


From 22:00 to 03:00


£4 – free for asylum seekers

Two of Glasgow’s most interesting night-life promoters will team up with Stereo to celebrate Refugee Week Scotland. Both groups have caused a stir by transforming venues into interactive audio-visual carnivals, and this event will be no exception!

Flying the flag for ‘conscious clubbing’, all proceeds will go towards Philanthrobeats’ projects for asylum seekers and refugees.

Sat 21 June
10:00pm – 3:00am

22-28 Renfield Lane
G2 6PH

The Southside Souk, Refugee Week Glasgow, 21st June, 2014
Nepalese Feast and Instruments, 14th June, Kinning Park Complex

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