5 events for music lovers

Five music events that you won't want to miss

If you like music, you’re going to love Refugee Festival Scotland. Here are five events from this year’s programme that you won’t want to miss…

1. Musicians In Exile: Always on the Move

Monday 14 June 2021, 08:00

In this short film, a group of asylum-seeking and refugee musicians, explore the journey of making music during lockdown and what that music means to each of them as they slowly return to live performance. Their new song, Always on the Move, speaks to their flight from danger, constant instability and hopes of settling in a new home.

2. Music and Hope

Monday 14 June 2021, 18:00

Join Massive Outpouring of Love for an uplifting online concert. From fantastic performances on the saz (a traditional Turkish lute) to rousing blues and rock and poetry readings, there’s something for everyone.

3. Belal plays the Oud

Wednesday 16 June 2021, 18:00

Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy presents a short performance by Syrian refugee and talented musician Belal, who will be showcasing the traditional instrument the ‘oud’.

4. The Sounds of Displacement: Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre

Thursday 17 June 2021, 19:30

A talk by Phil Alexander, with live music from world-renowned Yiddish singer Sasha Lurje. Discover some of the many ways that music was a part of post-Holocaust displaced refugee life and explore the importance of music under these difficult circumstances.

5. Celebration Of Life

Sunday 20 June 2021, 14:00

Join Maryhill Integration Network’s Joyous Choir for a live performance at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Featuring special guest, Farzane Zamen, a singer/songwriter from Iran, the choir will share traditional songs from many cultures; songs of solidarity, sisterhood, friendship, freedom, journeys, and dreams.

Take a look at the full programme for Refugee Festival Scotland 2021