Making Home: expressions of belonging

This online exhibition showcases artwork created by families in Dundee. Their colourful creations, reflecting on the idea of  ‘home’, celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures in the region.

Families met on Zoom for weekly art sessions, delivered in partnership with Scrap Antics and Infinite Sky Murals. We caught up with Community Engagement Worker, Neil Crutchley to find out more.

Being creative can help us to rethink how we feel about the world. This exhibition is an opportunity for many more people to view the amazing creative talents of Scottish and New Scots families in Dundee. Parents and children, aged between 4 and 12, made these artworks together.

Making Home 2Everyone meet weekly on Zoom and many new skills were learnt from magnet making, basket weaving and rock painting to origami and video making. The work on display includes collages made using recycled materials, digital family portraits and photographs. Families were invited to discuss what home means to them and create imagery and text inspired by their thoughts.

New friendships have been made with families deciding that the last few sessions should be in person instead of online. They felt that it was important to celebrate the project and that coming together to create work for Refugee Festival Scotland would be a positive way to finish.

This is the first time that Infinite Sky and Scrap Antics have taken part in the festival and we hope that everyone has lots of fun! The artists involved believe passionately in social justice, reducing inequalities and promoting a sustainable future. The festival is an opportunity for the wider community to find out about the skills and talents of refugees and New Scots, beyond the immediate and often unreliable headlines.

It’s important that individuals and groups who can be marginalised in different ways by society are recognised for the contribution they make to our communities. Refugee Festival Scotland helps to dispel myths and provides a platform for organisations large or small to promote their work. It is an exciting way for people to come together, discover new ideas and inspirations and celebrate the diverse communities and cultures across Scotland.

Making Home runs until 20 June – you can view the online exhibition here.

New outdoor creative family activities are being planned for later this summer. These will take place on the beach and in different green spaces across Dundee. To find out more, contact Neil at neil.crutchley@hotmail.com.

Festival line-up | Sunday 20 June

Refugee Festival Scotland runs from Monday 14 June until Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day). Check out the full Refugee Festival Programme here.

 

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Tuesday 20 June:

Community Picnic On The Meadows
by Greening our Street
In-person events | Family Friendly| Sport
12 pm
Creative Cultural Interchange
by Luna Monda/María
Online events | Art
12 pm
IWG’s Refugee Week Celebration *Women And Children Only*
by International Women’s Group
In-person events | Storytelling
1 pm
Celebration Of Life
by Maryhill Integration Network
In-person events | Music
2 pm
Stronger Together
by Kurdish Women Community Group
Online events | Discussion
2 pm
Tour De Glasgow
by MORE
Online events | Storytelling
3 pm
PAST-Inuous
by Farah Saleh
Online events | Film
Available all day
Travellers – Eden Court
by Eden Court
Online events | Film
Available all day
Together / Apart
by Take One Action
Online events | Film
Available all day
Champagne Room: A Nollywood Movie Screening
by Turn Flicks
Online event | Film
Available all day
Gaming Against The Hostile Environment
by Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
In-person / Online event | Gaming
Available all day
Life In The Time: Exhibition
by Amina MWRC

Conversations on identity, language and possibility – with Debora Kayembe

We reached out to the organisers behind the Much Language Such Talk Podcast, who will be interviewing Debora Kayembe during Refugee Festival Scotland 2021.

“We are releasing a special podcast episode where we interview human rights lawyer, activist and rector of the University of Edinburgh, Ms. Debora Kayembe. We will talk about her work as lawyer and translator, and her experiences with multilingualism and arriving in the UK as refugee.

“It is a very educational, inspiring conversation about identity, the importance of languages, and the possibilities in life when you believe in yourself.

“We believe it is important to share stories that are relatable and encouraging, and to highlight individual experiences from refugees. Ms Kayembe’s journey has been inspiring, and her multilingualism is an important part of her story. We want to encourage our listeners and society as a whole to recognise the importance of refugee languages as carriers of stories, culture and memories.

“It still happens that refugees and migrants are told to stop speaking their home languages for the sake of integration, instead of recognizing the importance of language and identity. We want to encourage our listeners to learn from one another, and celebrate diversity.”

Tune in at 12pm on 17th June. To listen to the episode, please go to www.mlstpodcast.com

More information about this event: https://www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/events/podcast-special-debora-kayembe-for-refugee-week-2021/

Festival line-up | Thursday 17 June 2021

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Thursday 17 June:

Tears of Gold: Stories of Refugee Women Displaced from Home
by Hannah Rose Thomas
In-person & Online event | Art
10 am

Scottish Apprenticeships Information Session
by Skills Development Scotland
Online event | Training courses & workshops
11 am

Podcast Special: Debora Kayembe For Refugee Week 2021
by Bilingualism Matters: Much Language, Such Talk Podcast
Online event | Discussion / debate
12 pm

Listening, Watching, Doing: Reflections On Researching Refugee Integration
by University of Glasgow
Online event | Discussion
2 pm

No Words: A Closing Observance For Tears Of Gold
by Hannah Rose Thomas
In-person event | Glasgow | Art
5 pm

The Welcoming Refugee Festival Special
by The Welcoming Association Edinburgh
Online event | Discussion
5 pm

Bring A Refugee Family To Safety In Your Local Community
by Sponsor Refugees (Citizens UK)
Online event | Community Event
6 pm

Refugees For Justice- Inquiry
by Refugees for Justice
Online event | Campaigning
6 pm

An Evening Of Music With The Others & Tomtar
by The Others
Online event | Music
7 pm

Offers And Needs Market (OANM): For New Scots & Scottish Communities
by Enough
Online event | Training courses & workshops
7 pm

The Sounds Of Displacement: Yiddish Songs In The Aftermath Of The Holocaust
by Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre
Online event | Music
7:30 pm

Tiny Souls: A Film Screening & Discussion *Women Only* (16+)
by Women’s Library group
Online event | Film
8 pm

Life In The Time Workshop
by Amina MWRC/Vicky Mohieddeen
Online event | Training courses & workshops
10 am

How To Make A Traditional Abaya With Sewing2gether All Nations
by Sewing2gether All Nations
Online event | Training courses & workshops
7 pm

Black Scots
by National Theatre of Scotland
Online event | Film
Available all day

Together / Apart
by Take One Action
Online event | Film
Available all day

Travellers – Eden Court
by Eden Court
Online event | Film
Available all day

Celebrate Culture – Photography Competition
by Renfrewshire’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group
Online event | Art
Available until 5 PM

Champagne Room: A Nollywood Movie Screening
by Turn Flicks
Online event| Film
Available all day

Gaming Against The Hostile Environment
by Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
In-person / Online event | Gaming
Available all day

Life In The Time: Exhibition
by Amina MWRC
Online event | Art
Available all day

Multi Events-University Of Edinburgh 
by University of Edinburgh
Online event | Multi-events – see the listing

Musicians In Exile – Always On The Move
by THE GLASGOW BARONS
Online event | Music
Available all day

Making Home
by Steeple Church, Dundee
Online event | Art
Available all day

Refugee Festival Scotland runs from Monday 14 June until Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day). Check out the full Refugee Festival Programme here.

 

Festival line-up | Saturday 19 June

Refugee Festival Scotland runs from Monday 14 June until Sunday 20 June (World Refugee Day). You can check out the full Refugee Festival Programme here.

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Saturday 19 June:

Girlguiding Scotland Taster Session *GIRL ONLY*
by Girlguiding Scotland
Online events | Family Friendly
10 am
How It Felt: Sensory Storytelling And Crafting With Little Debz
by How It Felt
Online events | Art | Storytelling
10:30 am
Books To Help Children And Young People Understand The Refugee Crisis
by Youth Libraries Group Scotland
Online events | Family Friendly | Storytelling
11 am
Porridge & Play Children Say Hey!
by Licketyspit Theatre Company
Online events | Art | Family Friendly
11 am
Take Your Shot
by Glasgow Film Theatre
Online events | Film
11 pm
Esolperth Family Sports Day
by Esolperth
In-person events | Sport  | Family Friendly
12 pm
Happy Hub Online Cultural Exchange Community
by Happy Education Hub C.I.C.
Online events | Film | Music
2 pm
Scottish Refugee Festival Meets Wikipedia: Finding A Home As A Wikipedia Editor
by University of St Andrews
Online events | Training courses & workshops
2 pm
Sharing Food Experiences Workshop
by Renfrewshire’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group
Online events | Food-related
2 pm
Sow And Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden! *Women Only*
by Interfaith Glasgow (Weekend Club)
Online events | Workshop
3 pm
Tasteful Cuisine
by Africa Delice
Online events | Food
3 pm
Yemen: The Jewel Of Arabia
by The Yemeni Scottish Foundation
Online events | Film
3 pm
Africa Cultural Dance
by Africa Future
Online events | Dance
4 pm
Create Kick Drums In Your Kitchen
by Music Broth
Online events | Music
5:30 pm
Kas Kids
by Kas Fitness / Joel Kasubandi
Online events | Storytelling
6 pm
PAST-Inuous
by Farah Saleh
Online events | Film
Available all day
Together / Apart
by Take One Action
Online events | Film
Available all day
Travellers – Eden Court
by Eden Court
Online events | Film
Available all day
Champagne Room: A Nollywood Movie Screening
by Turn Flicks
Online event| Film
Available all day
Gaming Against The Hostile Environment
by Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
In-person / Online event | Gaming
Available all day
Life In The Time: Exhibition
by Amina MWRC
Online event | Art
Available all day
Multi Events-University Of Edinburgh 
by University of Edinburgh
Online event | Multi-events – see the listing
Musicians In Exile – Always On The Move
by THE GLASGOW BARONS
Online event | Music
Available all day
Making Home
by Steeple Church, Dundee
Online event | Art
Available all day