Dumfries Trade Union Council events: One Day Without Us and the Chinese New Year

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For this year’s One Day Without Us event in Dumfries – to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by migrants to our lives in Dumfries & Galloway – the organisers are collaborating with Dumfries & Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA) in a joint event at the former Bakers’ Oven in Dumfries High Street (next to W H Smith) on Saturday 17th February, from 11am to 3pm.

The morning session, from 11am to 1pm, will mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dog – with family-friendly arts and crafts workshops, together with poetry, music and the traditional Lion Dance.

This will be followed, over lunchtime, by samples of a wide range of dishes from various international cuisines, supplied by members of DGMA and others.

The afternoon session will feature contributions from Dumfries Trades Union Council (DTUC) secretary, John Dennis, whose father was one of the “Kindertransport” (child-transport) fleeing Nazi Germany, and DTUC chair Sandra Trotter, who is herself a migrant from Germany, who works in the local care sector.

“Migration is something Scotland needs,” said John Dennis. “With more deaths than births forecast in Scotland for the next 25 years, migration is the only way our country will cope. And we know how important our migrant workers are in the local NHS.”  Sandra Trotter agreed but also stressed how, on a personal level, the opportunity to migrate to Scotland both changed her life, bringing a much enriched range of experience, whilst allowing her to contribute to life in Dumfries and Galloway in many ways.

Finally in the afternoon, there will be a live music session, featuring some songs of migration, a French connection of music from Guillaume Tiberghien, and a global jam session with percussionists from the local refugee support group, MOOL (Massive Outpouring of Love).

There will throughout be a series of displays, featuring local stories of migration from last year’s One Day Without Us event, and a range of material about contemporary migration into Scotland and, in particular, into Dumfries & Galloway. There will also, of course, be the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and countries.

For more information please contact Ian Gasse on 01387 320557

Note: One Day Without Us is a national campaign to highlight and mark the contributions that migrants make to our lives in Britain. It is supported by a wide range of organisations, including Amnesty International, Justice & Peace Scotland, Liberty, Oxfam, Unison, War on Want, and was set up in the wake of increased hate crime directed towards migrants following the 2016 Brexit referendum.  More information at www.1daywithoutus.org


There will be photo-opportunities throughout the day.

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