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.

Question of a Kurdish Museum

On Saturday 29th June, everyone was invited to a day-long event including storytelling and Kurdish Music as part of a pop-up museum created by Unity in the Kurdish Community, Scotland with Glasgow Museums.

Stories relating to Kurdish identity are seldom told in museums. This family-friendly event was the result of ongoing conversations between curators at Glasgow Museums and Kurdish diaspora in Glasgow.

Images by volunteer photographer Daniel Harkins


Freedom of Movement

Iman Tajik’s public art installation “Freedom of Movement” refers to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a key legal document which defines the term “refugee” and outlines the rights of displaced people, as well as the legal obligations of UN member states to protect them. His project looks at “the right to travel as a human rights concept, encompassing the right of individuals to travel from place to place within the territory of a country, and to leave the country and return to it.”

Tajik’s poster, which will be displayed for 3 months near the V&A on the National Cycle Network in Dundee and by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, displays a scanned image of the artist’s own refugee travel document. This stands alongside a statement which voices the contradiction between the freedom implied by the imagery of birds in the travel document and the suppression of freedom faced by displaced people.

The project was commissioned for Refugee Festival Scotland by Scottish Refugee Council, and is supported by Sustrans.

Iman also held an Artist Talk and Flag Making workshop at the V&A Dundee on Friday 28th June, which was a great success. His poster displayed in Glasgow has sadly gone missing/been removed, potentially by vandalism, and we are working to find out why, and to find a new location for his work.