Following on from the success of MCFB’s Afghan Cycles event last night, here is a selection of 5 events you can attend in Edinburgh during #RefugeeFestScot 2019!
Last night, Multicultural Family Base (MCFB) held the first #RefugeeFestScot event of the year. Although technically part of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, they received funding from us so that people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds could attend their screening of “Afghan Cycles” for free. The film itself is a feature documentary following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, using the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.
In light of the success of last night’s event, here are five more Refugee Festival Scotland events in Edinburgh that are not to be missed. Click here for the full listings for Edinburgh.
We are starting off strong on Friday, June 21 with Communities Together, a drop-in event for New Scots and local families in Craigmillar. There will be art workshops for children aged 5+ with Syrian artist Nihad Alturk, Printmaker Susie Wilson and Photographer Lawrence Hussein. For the under five-year-olds there will be storytelling and face-painting. There will also be delicious home-cooked Syrian Food. Everyone is welcome. Communities Together takes place at Sandy’s Community Centre in Edinburgh on Friday, June 21 from 12.30-4pm.
Another fantastic afternoon event on Friday, June 21 is the MCFB Science Ceilidh at South Leith Parish Hall in Edinburgh. It is a celebration of creativity, curiosity, science and culture. Participants are invited to explore this year’s Festival theme ‘Making Art Making Home’ by taking part in arts, crafts and science based activities, games, music and, most importantly, dancing! There will be some traditional (and not-so traditional) dances to learn with the award-winning Science Ceilidh band! The event starts at 2 and ends at 4pm. Places for this event are limited and given out on a first come first served basis.
On Saturday, June 22, join members of Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to hear stories of movement, work being carried out by integration networks in Scotland and how everyone can welcome people. Creative presentations from YAS members with discussion and refreshments at the end. Movement of Identity takes place at Royal Society of Edinburgh on June 22 from 1pm-4pm.
On Saturday evening, everyone is invited to a family-friendly community ceilidh to enjoy music, food and comedy from diverse cultures. The Caledonian Ceilidh Band will bring great Scottish music and dancing, Syrian musicians will share their talent and skills, and for the first time Refugee Survival Trust will introduce comedians from the celebrated ‘No Direction Home’ project. RST Open Mic Ceilidh takes place at Lauriston Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday, June 22 from 7-9.30pm. This is a free but ticketed event.
Lives in Transit: Written Accounts and Artistic Expressions of Refugee Stories is an exhibition presenting the experiences of refugees through a display of interviews with refugees now resettled in Scotland conducted by the Colours of Edinburgh research team. The exhibition is complemented by screenings of animations based on these accounts, and by an auction of interdisciplinary artwork inspired by representation of refugees. The Opening Night is at Out of the Blue in Edinburgh on Sunday, June 30 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on display until July 7. Entry is free.