About

Thousands of people arrive in Scotland each year after being forced to flee their homes. In an increasingly hostile environment, people rebuild their lives and homes in insecure and precarious circumstances. Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugee communities make to life when they seek safety and settle in Scotland. It publicly demonstrates a wealth of local and international cultural backgrounds and talent.

For two weeks every June, the festival programme offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and get to know each other better and to learn about issues of relevance to refugee communities. It is not only a festival, it is a campaign for a fair and just asylum system and a movement of people dedicated to making Scotland a welcoming and peaceful place to live. Where everyone has the right to a home and the right to feel safe, welcome and part of a community.

Refugee Festival Scotland is produced and coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, an independent charity dedicated to providing advice and information to people seeking refugee protection in Scotland. Join us to campaign for positive change and to build a culture of welcome in Scotland.

Thank you to all of our funders and supporters. We fundraise throughout the year to support refugee and local Scots communities to come together and participate in Refugee Festival Scotland. By making a donation you help us assist more people seeking sanctuary to re-build their lives in Scotland. To donate to Scottish Refugee Council, donate at one of our festival events or check our different ways to donate.  Thank you for supporting refugees in Scotland.