Full Programme for #RefugeeFestScot

Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 will launch THIS Thursday and run until 30 June!

With over 100 events across Scotland celebrating the talents and diversity of New Scots and the communities which support them, this is a festival for everyone.

Don’t miss out! Check out the events happening in your area today! What are you waiting for? Go go go! www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/programme-2019

Join us at our launch event at St Enoch Square on 20th June, 12-2pm.

And check out our PDF version of our Refugee Festival Scotland programme: RFS_programme_final

5 #RefugeeFestScot events in…Edinburgh

Following on from the success of MCFB’s Afghan Cycles event last night, here is a selection of 5 events you can attend in Edinburgh during #RefugeeFestScot 2019!

Last night, Multicultural Family Base (MCFB) held the first #RefugeeFestScot event of the year. Although technically part of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, they received funding from us so that people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds could attend their screening of “Afghan Cycles” for free. The film itself is a feature documentary following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, using the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.

In light of the success of last night’s event, here are five more Refugee Festival Scotland events in Edinburgh that are not to be missed. Click here for the full listings for Edinburgh.

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Syrian artist to recreate bomb scene in Glasgow City Centre

A square in Glasgow city centre will be transformed into a rubble-strewn bombsite as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

The art installation is being created by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni. It features an abandoned car packed with belongings and surrounded by a bombsite landscape of broken bricks and rubble. The sculpture will take up residence in St Enoch Square from 20 – 27 June.

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Making Home

Today marks one week until the Launch Day of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

20th June marks World Refugee Day, so we will stand in solidarity with protests and celebrations across the globe in making our voices heard for refugees across the world.

Yesterday, the news that Serco is to evict 30 destitute people per week from their homes for the next 4 months broke, and it has shaken us. Despite protests and ongoing legal challenges, the housing provider and the Home Office are charging ahead with their cruel and inhumane lock-change policy, which has caused outrage and anger across the sector, and confusion and fear among refugee and asylum seeking communities.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home” – a theme which stemmed from Serco’s initial attempts to evict 300 people last summer. We call on the people of Glasgow, of Scotland, to come together and create a sense of home for those who are being forced from theirs. Refugee Festival Scotland provides an opportunity for people to come together who wouldn’t otherwise have met, to build bonds and remember that there is more that unites us than divides us. A chance to celebrate what makes us human, and to embrace each other’s talents and abilities. The show will go on, and we will make HOME louder and bigger than ever.

Everyone has a right to a home and the right to feel at home, safe, welcome and part of a community. In a hostile environment, home can be built on memories and hope, with the help of new neighbours and friends.

Making home shouldn’t have to be a defiant act, but if it has to be, it will be.


Join us at St Enoch Square on World Refugee Day – 20th June, and help us to make home for people here in Scotland:

12.00 – 12.10

Join us in a display of solidarity, friendship and welcome

12.10 – 12.30

Hear from inspiring artists and activists Pinar Aksu, Amal Azzudin, Sabir Zazai and Manaf Halbouni

12.30 – 13.30

Drumming with Musicians in Exile, followed by Arabic, Persian and Kurdish music

This event is outdoors and wheelchair accessible.

Maslows at The Glad: An International Evening

We caught up with singer Midya from Musicians in Exile, and Maslows Community Shop – Govan founder Carol Gilchrist about their event on Sun 23 June at The Glad Cafe as part of Refugee Festival Scotland. More event details here. #RefugeeFestScot