12 days until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home”.

Find out more and apply here.

We anticipate a festival full of fun, music, dance, vibrancy, love and hope. But there is another side to the refugee story which cannot be forgotten, and we also welcome submissions to this year’s festival which deal with the cruel reality of the situations people are living in around the world, on our doorstep in Calais, and right here in Scotland.

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19 days until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

Just 19 days to go until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019! This year’s theme is “Making Art, Making Home”.

Find out more and apply to our Small Grants Scheme or Open Programme here.

Today, we’re looking back to 2011, to the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, to the year before the Olympics, to a time which has been drenched in nostalgia as a period of harmony and inclusivity. But the problems facing asylum seeking communities today were just as prevalent in 2011 – as Robert Ormerod captured in his exhibition on the Red Road flats.

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26 days to get your submissions in for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

In just 26 days, submissions will close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home” – but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to think of something artistic to get involved. A few years ago, we caught up with players at Glasgow Afghan United – who displayed the power of football in bringing people together and “making home”. They do call it “the beautiful game” after all…and that nickname alone has inspired films, musicals and songs about the joy and camaraderie it generates.

Perhaps your team wants to hold an event for Refugee Festival Scotland? Be it a game, an exhibition, a celebration, a screening of a film about the power of sport in bringing communities together…whatever you come up with, find out more about how to apply for our Open Programme and Small Grants Scheme here, and apply by March 17th!

We can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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33 Days to get your submissions in for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 is coming round fast! The dates for this year’s festival are 20-30 June 2019.

World Refugee Day itself will fall on our opening day – 20th June; so today, we wanted to highlight an event from last year’s World Refugee Day – a lecture by our ambassador Alison Phipps.

Applications close for RFS 2019 on 17 March. That’s just 33 days to send us your plans and ideas! Find out more information about this year’s festival – “Making Art, Making Home” – here, and how to apply for our Small Grants Scheme or Open Programme. We look forward to hearing from you!

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MAKING ART, MAKING HOME

Refugee Festival Scotland
Thursday 20 – Sunday 30 June 2019
MAKING ART, MAKING HOME – SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN! APPLY HERE

Refugee Festival Scotland is back for ten days this June to celebrate 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 seeking sanctuary in Scotland. From Thursday 20 – Sunday 30 June 2019, the festival offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and sample a little of each other’s cultures, listen to each other’s stories and get to know each other better.

This year, the Festival’s theme is Making Art, Making Home. We want 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.

Get involved

Anyone can get involved in the Festival. Do you have an idea for an event or activity for this year’s festival? This could take any form – an exhibition, a piece of theatre, dance, a workshop – the opportunities are endless. Are you a community group led by refugees or supporting refugees in Scotland? Small grants of up to £500 are available to help deliver an arts, cultural or sports event or activity during the Festival. We are looking for events and activities that celebrate and raise public awareness about Scotland’s many communities and strengthen connections and partnerships between people from different backgrounds. Events or activities must be open to the public.

Last year, over 30 groups opened their doors to celebrate diversity and community in Scotland, and we can’t wait to see your ideas for this year’s festival! Find out more about how to apply here!