What’s On: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June

It’s the first weekend of Refugee Festival Scotland and there is so much happening across Scotland over the next few days. Not sure where to begin? Here are 10 great events to get you started

1. Building Together: Community in Construction

When: 15 June, 10am-4pm

Where: Top Drawer Construction, Glasgow

If you have woodworking skills, or want to learn, join Top Drawer for a day of crafting at their workshop in Govanhill. Try your hand at building everything from building accessible timber planters to kids’ climbing frames.

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2. Come and Try Day

When: 15 June, 10am-3.30pm

Where: Civic Hall Perth

Try out a range of activities for body and mind, including tai chi, Zumba, karate and yoga. Open to all and free of charge.

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3. The Rise Festival – North Lanarkshire

When: 15 June, 2-5pm

Where: Cornerstone House Centre, Cumbernauld

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of music, arts and crafts, games and activities celebrating North Lanarkshire’s diverse and welcoming communities. Meet new friends and sample delicious food and drink from around the world.

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4. Rising above it all – opening event

When: 15 June, 3-5pm

Where: Glenburn Baptist Church, Paisley

This uplifting exhibition showcases art created by children and young people from refugee backgrounds. Their work is inspired by characters they have read about in books who have risen above obstacles and incorporates their own stories.

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5. Bo’ness Kite Festival (15-16 June)

Learn to make your own kite then meet at the seaside the following day to enjoy a picnic and watch your creation soar through the sky at this two-part family friendly event from Rainbow Women’s Group

Make your own kite

  • When: 15 June, 10am
  • Where: D2 Creative Centre, Bo’ness

Kite festival community picnic

  • When: 16 June, 11am-2pm
  • Where: Bo’ness Foreshore

6. The Unbroken Thread – Embroidery Workshops

When: 16 June, 11am-4pm

Where: V&A Dundee

Learn the basics and advanced techniques of Ukrainian Vyshyanka embroidery and give making a Motanka Doll a try.

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7. GAS Language Exchange Celebration

When: 16 June, 1-6pm

Where: Victoria Court Workspace, Glasgow

Head over to Govanhill for an afternoon of fun, food and cultural exchange. Everyone is welcome. whether you’re a language enthusiast, a refugee or asylum seeker, or just someone looking to connect with others.

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8. Football for All

When: 16 June, 3-7pm

Where: Toryglen Regional Football Centre, Glasgow

Refugees and young people facing language and cultural barriers are invited to join Afroscots United for a free afternoon of fun and football. Everyone welcome. Food and refreshment will be provided.

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9. Hit the Road – film screening

When: 16 June, 5.20-7.20pm

Where: GFT, Glasgow

This charming Iranian comedy drama follows a chaotic family of four on a road-trip. As they care for their sick dog and reflect on the past, the purpose of their journey unfolds. Tickets are available on a sliding scale and are free for refugees and people in the asylum system.

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When: 16 June, 7pm-12am

Where: Civic House, Glasgow

Head over to Civic House for a spectacular night of live music, DJs, drag queens and performers celebrating Arab culture, creativity and resilience.

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Check out the full festival programme