Join us in the heart of Glasgow to celebrate the launch of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 and mark World Refugee Day. We’ll be showing solidarity and support for people who’ve been forced to flee their homes at the site of Manaf Halbouni’s public sculpture Rubble Theatre, a highlight of this year’s festival.
Everyone has the right to a home and the right to feel at home, safe, welcome and part of a community. In a world of forced migration, home becomes lost. Thousands of people arrive in Scotland each year after being forced to flee their homes. In a hostile environment, a sense of home is remade, built on memories and hope and with the help of new neighbours and friends.
Refugee Festival Scotland honours the resilience and courage it takes to build a home in insecure and precarious circumstances. By sharing in the festival’s celebrations you can join a movement that rejects attempts to make people feel like outsiders and to sow division among us.
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.