Theme and dates for next year’s festival

We’re thrilled to announce that the theme for Refugee Festival Scotland 2022 will be stories and storytelling!

Over 10 days from 17 to 26 June, we invite you to join us in exploring, celebrating and sharing your stories with each other through a mix of both in- person and online events.

Everyone has a story to tell

Our stories reflect the journeys our lives have taken and the places we want to go. They reflect who we are and shape how others see us.

What’s your story?

Next year, Refugee Festival Scotland will celebrate and share the stories of people and communities who have made their lives in Scotland. Through sharing our stories and listening to each other’s stories we can get to know each other better and build understanding, solidarity and friendship.

The festival will celebrate storytelling in many different formats, including music, dance and art as well as words.
We can all play a part by listening, sharing and creating together.

We’ll be sharing more Festival updates in the coming months. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news.

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Meet Mohammed

Mohammed is a member of the Yemeni-Scottish Foundation. They are holding an event to celebrate Yemen tomorrow afternoon. 

Mohammed’s story

My name is Mohammed, I’m from Yemen. I’m 27 years old. I live in Glasgow just now. I’ve been living here for around a year and 5 months so I’ve not really been any place other than Glasgow.

I’m a breakdancer, a beatboxer, a kickboarder, so I love hiphop. Back home I was a major part of Da TnT Crew, which

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Festival line-up | Friday 18 June

Here’s what’s on at Refugee Festival Scotland on Friday 18 June:

Wee Welcome Special

by The Language Hub C.I.C.
Online events | Community Events
11:15 am
Syrian Food From Bute

by Syrian Community in Bute
Online events | Food
11 am
by CGO Institute
Online events | Storytelling | Training courses & workshops
2 pm
Global Refugee Histories: Camps And Care
by University of Glasgow and GRAMNet
Online events | Discussion / debate
4 pm
Jambo! Radio Live Music Session For Refugee Festival Scotland 2021
by Renfrewshire’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group in Partnership with Jambo Radio
Online events | Music
5 pm
My Window
by Freedom from Torture
Online events | Film
6 pm
Life In Lockdown
by World Spirit Theatre
Online events | Storytelling
7 pm
New Beginnings
by Anahat Theatre
Online events | Dance | Film
7 pm
Read For Freedom
by Amnesty International Scotland
Online events | Advocacy/campaigning
7 pm
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
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.


We Grow Stronger Together

The sun was shining at Govanhill Community Gardens on Thursday for We Grow Stronger Together, hosted by Milk Cafe. We had a lovely afternoon making new friends. There was delicious food, freshly-picked mint tea, pot painting, vegetable planting and excellent conversation.