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. For two weeks every June, 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, over thirty refugee community groups are opening their doors and taking part in the festival. From Syrian food to Congolese music and poetry, from the Highlands to the Borders, these events show off the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland’s communities. Most of the events are free and all are friendly, welcoming and full of colour and creativity.

Our Opening Day celebration on Saturday 16 June at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow is free and a chance for everyone to mark the beginning of Refugee Festival Scotland 2018.

Wednesday 20 June is World Refugee Day, a time when people around the world gather to acknowledge and pay tribute to all those who have been forced to flee their homes. We will be marking this important day, standing in solidarity with refugees worldwide and calling on our governments to do more to support refugees and people seeking international protection.

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 our funders and supporters including the Hidden Gardens, Glasgow Life and the Hugh Fraser Foundation . Thank you to Code Your Future for creating our beautiful new website. 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.