THEWELCOMEHUT refugee festival

Refugee Cycle

10:00 - 13:00

By UNESCO RILA Chair team at the University of Glasgow

Join UNESCO for a physical and mental journey around the themes of migration. No ordinary guided bike ride!

There is considerable interest in the UK and across Europe in the process of the resettlement and integration of displaced peoples. Some of these people have ended up in Glasgow, which provides us with a chance to learn from their experience, as well as an opportunity to share our own local knowledge. UNESCO believe that what is good for refugees is good for everyone, which is why they have organised an event to bring refugees, migrants and local communities together for a moment of inter-action.

Participants will cycle a pre-determined route in small groups, accompanied by experienced ride leaders. They will start at Bike for Good, cycle via Scotstoun, Knightswood, along the canal, Maryhill, past the Botanics, and back to Bike for Good. At regular intervals along the route there will be informative performances and activities by the UNESCO RILA Artists in Residence and their partners. Central themes are (forced) migration, community building and hospitality.

The Welcome Hut will provide space for reflection and entertainment while you wait for your ride to start, a mobile cultural centre for the art of hospitality. This roadworthy tiny house shepherd’s hut is an open invitation to sit around the wood fire stove, tell life stories, decelerate and daydream. For one year the Welcome Hut project (based in France) will be touring the UK. Experiencing this civic sanctuary might give you ideas to invite the hut over to your own village, community or work place to celebrate local micro-hospitalities!

Basic bike riding skills needed, but free bikes available on site.

Limited space available | book tickets | FREE and open to all, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Not wheelchair accessible | only accessible to those who can use a bike


65 Haugh Road

G3 8TX

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