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Refugee Festival Scotland 2024: RISE

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024 will run from 14th-23rd June!¬† Our theme for this new festival edition is RISE.¬†¬† Thousands of people arrive in Scotland every year after being forced to abandon their homes and flee to safety. We see individuals rise every day to build new lives and pursue new…

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A reflection on my time as Refugee Festival Scotland Assistant

I recently took on another role at Scottish Refugee Council; I will be moving to our services department as a case manager, supporting recently arrived families in Glasgow. As it is my last day in post, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on my time as Refugee Festival…

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Organising Your First Event

Have you started thinking about your first Refugee Festival Scotland event? Whether you have been a part of the festival for many years or this is your first time putting on an event for any festival, we have put together a collection of questions for you to consider as you…

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Calling All Artists and Designers for Refugee Festival Scotland 2024!

Artists and graphic designers with lived experience of migration and displacement are invited to express an interest in creating the visual identity and graphic design elements for Refugee Festival Scotland 2024. We would like to commission an artist from any art field to design a poster that will form the…

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2023: so much to celebrate!

Over the last few weeks we have been gathering highlights and reflections from this year‚Äôs festival, which are now ready to read! We weren‚Äôt able to cover all 130 events, so this is just a snapshot of the amazing events that were put on for this festival edition across Scotland.…

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Finding Hope as the Illegal Migration Bill Becomes Law

The Refugee Festival Scotland is devastated with the news that the Illegal Migration Bill has now become law. This bill strips individuals of their right to seek asylum and devolves the UK government from their international law obligations. Even the government recognises that this bill does not adhere to international…

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The Importance of Community: Reflections on a festival filled with hope

Ten very busy days. Over 100 brilliant events filled with colours, art, and shared ideas. Refugee Festival Scotland 2023 has come to a close. But how has my¬†understanding of hope evolved and what is in store beyond the festival?¬†¬† By Olivia Sykes, Refugee Festival Scotland volunteer Hope was a fitting…

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2023 Comes to a Close 

Refugee Festival Scotland 2023 came to a close on Sunday after a ten-day celebration of the skills, talents, and diversity of refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland.¬†¬† The festival featured more than 130 events, bringing people from all walks of life together to learn about and celebrate the contributions…

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Winners: a film screening with a difference

Pupils at Glendale Primary School got a taste of red carpet glamour at a special screening of Winners, hosted by the film’s director, Hassan Nazer.¬† By Shona McCallum, Refugee Festival Scotland volunteer *WARNIG! This article contains spoilers about the plot of Winners. The screening of Winners at Glendale Primary School…

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