Angus Refugee Festival

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Angus is celebrating its role in supporting refugee families who have fled from conflict in Syria.

A part of the Scottish Refugee Council’s national festival, the Angus Refugee Festival, beginning on Monday, July 25, celebrates the work of local communities in providing a warm welcome and support to refugees.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Since December last year, Angus has helped five vulnerable Syrian families to re-settle in the area as part of a national humanitarian response.

“Angus Council and its partners remain committed to supporting those families and other refugees who require our support and friendship.”

The festival will include an exclusive screening of the acclaimed documentary, Queens of Syria at St Andrews Church in Arbroath, from 7pm on Wednesday, July 27.

Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available and there will also be discussion around refugee issues and positive responses.

The festival is hosted by Angus Solidarity for Refugees and Angus Refugee Care and will also include a five-a-side football friendly between Arbroathians and Syrians, as well as the publication of a recipe book of Syrian dishes.

Film organiser John Badenhorst said: “This year’s national festival is celebrating solidarity.

“In recent years, record numbers of children, women and men have been forced to flee their homes in countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and others, and risk their lives in a desperate search for safety.

“Scots have responded compassionately to refugees who are re-building their lives here, and we want to celebrate this.”

Local events are supported by Angus Council and funded by Scottish Refugee Council.

For further information, please contact; #RefugeeFestScot