Meet our Ambassadors!

Meet our Refugee Festival Scotland Ambassadors – an inspiring group of people with refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds who wish to share their experiences of living here in Scotland, in order to highlight the situation which we are working in. A few weeks ago, we held a Media Training Day, where our Ambassadors discussed what they feel comfortable talking about to journalists, and importantly, what they don’t – before testing out their skills in front of a rolling camera.

Our Ambassadors are available for media interviews about the festival and about their lives here in Scotland, and are interested in getting to know as much about different events and community groups as possible – keep an eye out for them during the festival and beyond, this lot are destined for great things!

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Refugee Festival Scotland Programme Launch!

We are delighted to announce our programme for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

Highlights include a public art installation by Berlin-based artist Manaf Halbouni and the UK premiere of work by Edinburgh-based dancer and choreographer Farah Saleh, and with more than 100 events across Scotland between 20-30 June, it truly is a festival for everyone.

The theme of this year’s festival, MAKING ART, MAKING HOME, showcases the creativity and strength required to rebuild a sense of home in an insecure and often hostile environment. From public art pieces to ceilidhs, sport events to community meals, Refugee Festival Scotland is a chance to celebrate and bring people together.

View our full programme here!

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Coming Very Soon – Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

May is nearly upon us and, with that, the countdown to Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 really begins!

We’ve been busy recruiting ambassadors and volunteers, liaising with community groups, organising events, planning, planning, planning and soon we’ll be ready to release this year’s programme and artwork. The festival will take place 20-30 June across Scotland, with loads of exciting events for everyone to enjoy and learn from. We can’t wait to tell you everything that we have planned – watch this space!

In the meantime, look back at this blog written by Naina Bhardwaj from last year’s performance of “Where are you really from?”, an inspiring and moving piece by our friends at World Spirit Theatre. You can catch them at the Southside Fringe Festival on 18th May for a pre-festival warm up!

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How can I help out at Refugee Festival Scotland 2019?

What’s the difference between a Volunteer and an Ambassador? Which role is right for me?

With Refugee Festival Scotland (#RefugeeFestScot) coming up fast, we have opened a number of opportunities in the past couple of days. This has understandably caused some confusion. So, here’s a handy document explaining all of our different opportunities in one place – Volunteer, Photography Volunteer and Ambassador.

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Entries open for festival’s annual media awards

The Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards (#RefugeeFestScot) honour the work of journalists covering refugee and asylum issues. The awards celebrate coverage that is fair and responsible and that contributes to greater public understanding of issues around forced migration in Scotland. The awards are co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council in partnership with the National Union of Journalists and the British Red Cross.

Journalists are invited to enter their own work or nominate the work of colleagues by submitting an example for consideration. Members of the public are also welcome to nominate work they consider to be outstanding.

Journalists can enter one piece of work per category (see categories below). You may submit different entries for different categories if applicable.


News (written word)
Written news report, published in print or online.

News (broadcast)
News report broadcast on TV, radio or online.

Features (written)
Written feature story published in print or online.

Features (broadcast)
TV, film, radio podcast entries up to 120 minutes

Local media
Print, online or broadcast entries from Scottish local media outlets.

An outstanding piece of investigative journalism. Entries can be print, broadcast, online or multimedia and may be a single report or a number of items covering the same story.

Student Journalist
Student entries must have been published or broadcast (including student journals / student websites).


  • Entries must have been published or broadcast between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.
  • The award is open to journalists working in Scotland, in print, broadcast or digital media.
  • Submissions can be drawn from Scottish print, broadcast or digital media.
  • Journalists working for a named employer, working freelance or contributing voluntarily to a media outlet must have produced the submission.
  • Entries must be received by 5pm on 15 May 2019.

Judging criteria

Scottish Refugee Council will create an initial longlist of entries for each category. These will then be judged by a panel drawn from the NUJ, British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, representatives from refugee communities in Scotland and others with expertise in forced migration.

Judges are looking for work that:

  • Displays depth of understanding and insight into issues related to forced migration.
  • Is honest, accurate and well researched.
  • Gives voice to the refugee experience and/ or to individuals from refugee communities.
  • Has the potential for powerful impact on audiences.
  • Contributes to a wider cultural understanding of the refugee experience and understanding of asylum as a human rights issue.
  • Promotes the highest standards of responsible use of language and representation of refugee issues.

The judges’ decision is final. Judges will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging of the competition.

How to enter

Step 1: Download and complete the entry form: Media Awards 2018 entry form.

Step 2: Email the entry form along with your submission to

Or send by post to Media Awards, Scottish Refugee Council, 17 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 7PH.

Please send submissions in the following formats; PDF, JPG, MP3 or MP4, DVD or CD. Please only send URLs when there is no other option.

Closing date for entries is 5pm 15 May 2019
For further information about the awards please contact | 0141 248 9799.