Meet Razieh.

Artist Razieh is a member of Sewing2gether All Nations, who are holding an event on Wednesday 16th June for #RefugeeFestScot.

When Razieh arrived in Scotland, she couldn’t speak English and struggled to understand the Scottish accent. She began English classes at Govan Community Project, where she found out about Sewing2gether All Nations in Paisley, who helped her a lot to settle in her new city.

Razieh worked as an artist and art teacher in Iran, and hopes one day to continue working in her profession.

Razieh has kindly shared some of her story and artwork with us in a short video – watch now!


Razieh also shared a short message for other people in her situation.

“I understand that living in another country, it’s really difficult for all of us. But if we try doing something and continue working towards our goals, we can be successful, especially in this city. Scottish people are really friendly. When I first arrived in this city, I thought that Scottish people don’t speak English because their accent was totally difficult for me! But now I understand it and Gabi, Corinne, Angela, Pastor Debbie and Pastor Hugh (at Sewing2gether All Nations) have helped me so much with everything. So don’t worry, just try, keep going and you’ll be successful.”

Join Sewing2gether All Nations tomorrow evening at 7pm.

Watch as Aysha, another member of Sewing2gether All Nations shows you how to make an abaya dress, a loose-fitting garment that is traditionally worn by many Muslim women across the world.

Interested?

This event will be a YouTube Premiere and will go live on 16th June at 7pm.

The link and video will be available on www.sewing2getherallnations.com.

Find out more about the work of Sewing2gether All Nations.

Let us tell you a story…about 5 #RefugeeFestScot literary events!

Storytelling events and a book launch have made it into our selection of literary events that take place during Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

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12 days until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home”.

Find out more and apply here.

We anticipate a festival full of fun, music, dance, vibrancy, love and hope. But there is another side to the refugee story which cannot be forgotten, and we also welcome submissions to this year’s festival which deal with the cruel reality of the situations people are living in around the world, on our doorstep in Calais, and right here in Scotland.

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19 days until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

Just 19 days to go until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019! This year’s theme is “Making Art, Making Home”.

Find out more and apply to our Small Grants Scheme or Open Programme here.

Today, we’re looking back to 2011, to the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, to the year before the Olympics, to a time which has been drenched in nostalgia as a period of harmony and inclusivity. But the problems facing asylum seeking communities today were just as prevalent in 2011 – as Robert Ormerod captured in his exhibition on the Red Road flats.

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26 days to get your submissions in for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

In just 26 days, submissions will close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home” – but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to think of something artistic to get involved. A few years ago, we caught up with players at Glasgow Afghan United – who displayed the power of football in bringing people together and “making home”. They do call it “the beautiful game” after all…and that nickname alone has inspired films, musicals and songs about the joy and camaraderie it generates.

Perhaps your team wants to hold an event for Refugee Festival Scotland? Be it a game, an exhibition, a celebration, a screening of a film about the power of sport in bringing communities together…whatever you come up with, find out more about how to apply for our Open Programme and Small Grants Scheme here, and apply by March 17th!

We can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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