About Us

Refugee Festival Scotland takes place every year in the lead up to World Refugee Day, on 20 June.

What’s it all about?

People from refugee communities make a huge contribution to life in Scotland and we believe this is something worth celebrating. The festival shows off the cultural richness and diversity of Scotland’s communities – the food and drink, music and poetry, art, dance, language and ideas that people bring with them when they settle in Scotland.

It also creates opportunities for people to meet and get to know each other, to sample a little of each other’s cultures and find out what we have in common. By building bridges across communities, the festival offers a vision of hope, friendship, neighbourliness and solidarity with people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

Who organises the Festival?

Refugee Festival Scotland is produced and coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council but it is far bigger than this. Hundreds of people and organisations across Scotland come together to make it happen – from refugee-led community groups and individual artists to activists and welcome groups and national cultural institutions.

Join us by organising an event, spreading the word using #RefugeeFestScot, or donating towards the work of Scottish Refugee Council.

For more information, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.