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Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – the food and drink, music and poetry, dance, visual art and ideas that people bring with them when they seek safety in Scotland. From Thursday 20 – Sunday 30 June 2019, the festival offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and celebrate together: to sample a little of each other’s cultures, listen to each other’s stories and get to know each other better.

This year, the theme of Refugee Festival Scotland is Making Art, Making Home, which aims to showcase the talent, creativity and resilience of New Scots artists and community groups. Arts, culture and sport are important in creating spaces for old and new Scots alike to meet and learn more about each other, breaking down barriers and highlighting the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland’s communities. The full programme will be announced in early May.

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, text RFGE31 followed by the amount (eg £10) to 70070, donate at an event or check our different ways to donate. All donations welcome. Thank you for supporting refugees in Scotland.