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New voices

People choose to describe themselves in many ways.  We see them all as part of a vibrant new Scottish voice, revealing hidden histories to the nation.  Whether through their own or their parents/grandparents migration, they have become part of the Scottish landscape. 

Our aim is to reflect the work of these new voices, and to engage with all the issues of migration, including discrimination and exclusion.  Find out more in the features below.


ZENDEH aims to create new artistic work across artforms, with one-off productions as well as productions available for touring.  Read about director Nazli Tabatabai and her production, Waiting Room, which ran during the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Zendeh logo by Lucy Reeves


Washing Line of Wishes; Refugee Drama Project

Refugee Week in Scotland 2005

Read about Refugee Week in Scotland, with information on the work of the Scottish Refugee Council.

Exile booklet; Photo: Gerry Loose, Survivors' Press

Ghazi Hussein

Find out about Palestinian poet and author, Ghazi Hussein and read his moving poem 'To Edinburgh'.

Still from Across the Waters; Photo: Sana Bilgrami


Across the Waters

Find out about the work of Sana Bilgrami - including her BAFTA Scotland nominated documentary, 'Across the Waters'.

Mixed Media Carving by Sadia Gul Ibrahim; Photo: Project Ability

Project Ability's Regeneration exhibition

Find out more about the exhibition featuring fine art photography and architecturally inspired carvings exploring the theme of regeneration.

Kapwani Kiwanga; Photo: Kwesi Raphael



Read about Kapwani Kiwanga's film, Rooted, which was nominated for two BAFTA Scotland awards.

Chinese New Year celebrations; Photo: Edinburgh Chinese School

Chinese Community Development Partnership and Edinburgh Chinese School

The Scottish Arts Council supported arts events celebrating the Chinese New Year.  Find out more.

exile booklet; Photo: Gerry Loose, Survivors' Press


Read our feature on the work of Scottish Pen, Artists in Exile Glasgow and Survivors' Press.

danceihayami performing at opening of Scottish Parliament; Photo: Julia Weedon

Danceihayami and OCEANS

The Scottish Arts Council funded a visit to China and India for the organisations to make contacts with artists and arts organisations.  Read the diary here.


The Scottish Arts Council has funded traineeships in arts organisations as as part of our cultural diversity implementation strategy.  Supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council, all trainees are from Scotland’s minority ethnic communities. Their internships are intended to equip each one with the skills and knowledge to pursue a professional career in the arts.

Read about the work of some of the trainees by clicking on the images or links below.

Still from Across the Waters; Photo: Sana Bilgrami

Sana Bilgrami - find out about her traineeship with Pilton Video.

Featured in April and May 2005.

Kapwani Kiwanga; Photo: Kwesi Raphael

Kapwani Kiwanga - find out about her traineeship with Edinburgh Mediabase.

Featured in March 2005. 

Basharat Khan

Basharat Khan - read about his traineeship at Project Ability.

Featured in February 2005

Sadia Gul Ibrahim working, with finished piece in background.

Sadia Gul Ibrahim - read about her traineeship at Project Ability.

Featured during December 2004 and January 2005.

Frank McAveety and trainees; Photo: FotoPress

Esmee Lien Thompson - read about her traineeship at Impact Arts.

Featured in November 2004.

Frank McAveety and trainees; Photo: FotoPress James Lwanda - find out more about his traineeship at Glasgow Film Theatre.

Featured in October 2004.

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