What’s On: Friday 14 June

Refugee Festival Scotland begins on Friday 14 with 16 events taking place across the country. We’ve picked out a few highlights.

1. RUYA photography exhibition

When: 15 June, 10-5pm

Where: Hillhead Library, Glasgow

Ruya means vision, sight or dream in Arabic. This collection of self-portraits and still life photos created by people with lived experience of forced migration reflects on cultural heritage and memories of home.

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2. Blossom & Empower

When: 15 June, 12-2pm

Where: Jerviston Community Centre, Motherwell

This women-only gathering will bring ladies from the local community together to celebrate their stories through music, dance and delicious food.

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3. Changemaking: Poetry Workshop

When: 15 June, 2-4pm

Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Join GoMA Youth for an introduction to black out poetry and play with source texts to create your own blackout poems in solidarity with people who have been displaced by conflict in Palestine and around the world.

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4. Street Soccer Scotland – New Scots

When: 15 June, 4-8pm

Where: Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh

A chance for people who are new to Scotland and might be experiencing isolation to meet new friends and enjoy a kick around.

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5. Beyond the Words

When: 15 June, 6-7.30pm

Where: Kelvin Hall Open Collections, Glasgow

This video art piece by award-winning documentary filmmaker Maryam Haddadi, explores the experiences of Iranian women. The screening will be followed by a Q&A

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6. A Taste of Eritrea

When: 15 June, 6.30-9pm

Where: Catalyst Vineyard Church, Aberdeen

A chance for the local community to sample authentic Eritrean food, dancing, music and culture.

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7. RFS X Q’IWA CABERET

When: 15 June, 7-10pm

Where: The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

An evening of soul-stirring poetry, delicious food and mesmerising music, dance and drag performances. Celebrate diversity, empowerment and resilience.

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See the full festival programme