Looking for escapism, big personalities, a chance to bond with people over a shared experience, and some enjoyable entertainment? Great – turn off your TV screens and head along to these fantastic events taking place on weekday evenings during Refugee Festival Scotland!
Thursday 20th June
Soufra – Community Meal and Screening
Glasgow, 18:00 – 22:00
Take One Action and Christian Aid Scotland present the Scottish premiere of Soufra, the inspirational story of Mariam Shaar, a generational refugee determined to change her life in the Burj El Barajneh camp in Lebanon by launching a catering company. Screening preceded by a community meal, with special treats concocted by social enterprise Soul Food Sisters.
Friday 21st June
CanalCraft Celebratory Event
Glasgow, 18:00 – 20:00
Everyone is invited to a community celebration of CanalCraft project’s participants’ achievements in building boats, making films and learning about life near the canal. The Forth and Clyde Canal Society will display the boats, show the films, share homemade food, dance, sing and listen to music. Participants will receive awards and they will have the opportunity to talk about their experience to friends and family.
Monday 24th June
Words In Exile: Writing Away from Home
Glasgow, 18:30 – 20:00
The Writers In Exile Committee will bring together exiled writers to discuss exile, relocation and disconnection, alongside journalists who left their homes after being threatened for their work. There will also be readings from PENning, a journal for people living in Scotland who are from other parts of the world.
Tuesday 25th June
Milk Cafe Art Class (women and children only)
Glasgow, 18:30 – 20:00
Milk Café runs four special Art workshops for women and their children as part of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. Through different art forms participants will creatively respond to questions and stimulus that the group decides. All ages and abilities are welcome. Workshops are free and all materials are provided.
Wednesday 26th June
SOAR – Scottish Tour 2019
Inverness, 19:30 – 21:30
Catrin & Seckou perform from their award-winning album SOAR on an intimate Scottish tour that takes inspiration from the osprey’s migration between Wales & Senegal. Themes of migration – natural, enforced and economic – runs throughout SOAR. Welsh and Mandinka melodies move freely through the music without borders. Q&As follow.
Thursday 27th June
CCA Glasgow, 19:00-20:))
The UK premiere of Farah Saleh’s “Gesturing Refugees” show. This interactive performance intends to archive hidden stories of refugeehood using the bodies of refugee artists and audience members, while playing with other archive material, testimonies and imagination.
Friday 28th June
A Thousand and One Night Evening
Dundee, 19:00 – 21:30
Everyone is welcome to an evening of Middle Eastern music with a chance to experience and celebrate Middle Eastern culture, and to meet and make new friends.