Scottish Refugee Council presents
Mon 20 Jun - Tue 12 Jul 2011 | Mon-Sat: 11am - late | Free
Sixty years ago, the UN Refugee Convention was signed. It has saved millions of lives since.
To celebrate, the Scottish Refugee Council and Media Co-Op are working with a group of refugees living in Scotland to launch a new two-minute documentary illustrating the contribution refugees have made to Scotland since 1951.
Courage follows the journey of two very different but equally extraordinary individuals who have fled war and persecution: a Jewish survivor from Nazi Germany and a survivor from the Sierra Leone conflict. A poignant, moving documentation of their personal stories as well as the contributions they have made to Scotland, the film was researched, directed, filmed and produced by a group of refugees from different generations, different conflicts and different areas of the world who all came to Scotland seeking safety.
It will be screened in the Arches Cafe Bar from 20th June (World Refugee Day) until 12th July, as well as in cinemas, multi-arts venues, theatres, shopping centres, galleries, museums and stations across Scotland during Refugee Week Scotland (20th – 26th June 2011).
The film will be accompanied by an exhibition of work by Rana Ali and award-winning photojournalist Angela Catlin, who is well known for her portrait photography in war-torn or poverty stricken areas of the world. The exhibition includes portraiture of the refugee and asylum-seeking filmmakers who were involved in the project.
Please like the Courage Facebook page for all updates on the project.
ABOUT REFUGEE WEEK SCOTLAND //
Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council and takes place from 20th-26th June. It comprises a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. In 2011, Refugee Week will mark the 60th Anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention, which has saved millions of lives since it was created in 1951.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”