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Remembering Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

As we enter this new year, Refugee Festival Scotland 2020 is fast approaching!

Find out more about last year’s Refugee Festival Scotland in our impact report: RFS 2019 Report

Over 21,000 people attended 120 events across Scotland last year, and preparations are already underway for this year’s festival – watch this space!

Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugee communities make to life when they seek safety and settle in Scotland. It publicly demonstrates a wealth of local and international cultural backgrounds and talent. For two weeks in June, the festival programme offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and get to know each other better and to learn about issues of relevance to refugee communities.

It is not only a festival, it is a campaign for a fair and just asylum system and a movement of people dedicated to making Scotland a welcoming and peaceful place to live. Where everyone has the right to a home and the right to feel safe, welcome and part of a community.

2020 will mark 20 years since the inception of Refugee Festival Scotland. It is an important time to reflect on how far we have come – working towards a fair and just asylum system, and in making Scotland a welcoming and peaceful place to live. It is an equally important time to look ahead – at what work there is still to do to protect people who have been forced to flee their homes, and how we can support them to rebuild their lives.

Keep an eye on our social media channels in the coming weeks for more information about how to get involved in this year’s festival!

#RefugeeFestScot

The Journal of Unconditional Being

Join us at CCA on Monday 4th November, 6pm,for music from Aref Ghorbani, drinks, readings and conversation to celebrate the launch of The Journal of Unconditional Being.

Unconditional Being is a collaboration between artists Pinar Aksu, Mousa AlNana, Razan Madhoon, Paria Goodarzi, Aref Ghorbani, Iman Tajik and Najma Abukar designed by OOMK Collective. The publication is the result of a workshop and conversation between the artists at CCA exploring language, identity, borders and censorship as part of the refugee and asylum experience in Scotland. The publication was Risograph printed and assembled collectively on-site with assistance from Tender Hands Press, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019.

The journal will be on sale at £5 with all proceeds going towards Defence for Children Greece: www.defenceforchildrengreece.org/the-voice-of-children.

OOMK (One of My Kind) is a collaborative publishing practice led by Sofia Niazi, Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara who make, publish and distribute books and printed works which arise from self-initiated projects.

 

Free (unticketed)

 

See CCA site for more information: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/the-journal-of-unconditional-being-publication-launch-and-defence-for-children-greece-fundraiser

Image: CCA Glasgow

Thank you for joining us for #RefugeeFestScot 2019!

It’s all over for another year! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. In the midst of looming Serco evictions here in Glasgow, a festival full of joy, laughter and celebration, which brings communities together, could not have come at a better time.

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Colours of Edinburgh: Lives in Transit

One of the final events of #RefugeeFestScot – in fact, it’s still ongoing! – is Colours of Edinburgh’s “Lives in Transit: Written Accounts and Artistic Expressions of Refugee Stories”.

The exhibition opened on Sunday 30th June, and will run until 7th July at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, with an art auction running alongside to raise funds for Bikes for Refugees and The Welcoming Edinburgh.

Images from Opening Night by Tahla Imam

 

Photos: Refugee Festival Scotland Football Tournament

On Sunday 30th June 2019, people from all walks of life – including elected members – participated in the #RefugeeFestScot football tournament organised by Glasgow Afghan United. Thankyou Abdul Bostani for utilising football to build bridges across communities.

Images by volunteer photographer Daniel Harkins.