Refugee Festival Scotland is back!

Calling all artists and performers – submissions are now open for our first ever online festival.

We’re delighted to announce that Refugee Festival Scotland is back – and this year, we’re going virtual!

Join us online, from Monday 14- Sunday 20 June, to celebrate the contribution that refugee communities make to life in Scotland.

The festival brings people from different backgrounds and cultures together to meet, mix and get to know each other better. It’s a unique opportunity to connect and build bonds of friendship through food, drink, music, poetry, dance and visual art.

How can I get involved?

Anyone can take part. If you have an idea for an online event or activity, we’d love to hear from you.

This can take any form – an exhibition, a piece of theatre, a dance performance, a workshop – so long as it’s open to the public and people can access it online.

It has been a difficult year, so we’re looking for events that have the power to inspire and uplift. Share your suggestions for activities that help to overcome barriers, bridge divides and celebrate Scotland’s many communities.

You can also help to spread the word and stay on top of the latest Festival news and updates with the hashtag #RefugeeFestScot.

Submissions from community groups led by refugees or supporting refugees in Scotland are always welcome.

How can I apply?

Please fill in an online event registration. We’re accepting applications until Sunday 9 May but if you are super organised and able to send it before then, that would help us a lot.

If have any questions or if you need help applying, please contact our coordinators by emailing:

إن كنت بحاجة إلى أي مساعدة في تعبئة الطلب أو لديك أي سؤال، رجاءاً لا تترد بالتواصل معنا عن طريق الايميل التالي (راسلنا بالعربية ان كنت تفضل ذلك):

Refugee Festival Scotland is produced and coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council but it is much bigger than us. We work with a Scotland-wide network of wonderful partners to put together the Festival programme.

Get involved and help make this year’s festival one to remember!



World Refugee Day 2020

Next Saturday 20 June is World Refugee Day. This is when we would usually gather on the streets to show solidarity with people seeking refugee protection in Scotland and across the world. But as Covid-19 forces us to physically distance and pushes people into the margins, we have to find new ways to stay connected and informed. We have to make sure that people seeking refugee protection remain visible and heard. Will you take some time this week to understand what people seeking safety are going through? We have collated news, resources and campaigns here.

Syrian artist Mousa Alnana shares his response to World Refugee Day and themes of togetherness and visibility. Download his graphics here to share or use as your social media profile. Show your support online and start the conversation #worldrefugeeday

Refugee Festival Scotland 2020 – Coronavirus update

We are sad to announce that this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland will not go ahead due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The festival is built around shared face-to-face experiences and community and communal events – all things that are currently restricted to prevent the spread of the virus.

We know a lot of people will miss those two weeks in June where we open our doors to each other in a spirit of friendship, shared culture and community. But right now we are all working to support each other in different and urgent ways.

Along with our many wonderful partners we have run Refugee Festival Scotland in various shapes and forms for twenty years now. There’s no doubt the festival will come back to life once this difficult time is behind us.

In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our plans.

Stay safe and keep well friends.

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!


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:

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:

Image: CCA Glasgow