Refugee Festival Scotland 2021: line up announced

RFS programme launch

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the line up for this year’s festival is now live!

Whatever the weather, you can expect a warm welcome and a packed programme of online and outdoor events.

This year’s festival runs from 14 June – 20 June. Celebrations will take place across Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands. And there’s something for everyone, from live music and dance to online art exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly picnics.

Maryhill Integration Network (MIN) is just one of many groups and organisations taking part.

MIN Director, Remzije Zeka Sherifi said: “Refugee Festival Scotland is an opportunity to celebrate the richness of diverse cultures that New Scots bring to Scotland’s artistic landscape and cultural life. It provides our members with a platform to share their art, ideas and creativity. We can’t wait to see you all for this year’s celebrations and to share the sights, sounds and colours of the festival.”

This year’s festival focuses on helping communities to reconnect and build bonds of friendship after months kept apart by the pandemic. It is open to everyone with an interest in finding out about the wide range of communities who have settled in Scotland.

Scottish Refugee Council Chief Executive Sabir Zazai said: “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, a UN treaty that defends the rights of refugees. In these challenging and uncertain times, coming together in solidarity and support for Scotland’s refugee communities has never been more important. So, please join our colourful, diverse and vibrant programme of events to make new friends, extend a hand of friendship to New Scots and celebrate the positive contribution that refugees make to life in Scotland.”

Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the many ways that refugees contribute to Scotland’s cultural life by showcasing the food and drink, music and dance, language and art that people bring with them when they seek safety in Scotland.

Take a look at the listings.

More events coming soon, so keep checking back to see what’s on.