Voices of the Voiceless

The fantastic Voices Network tell us about their event for #RefugeeFestScot – “Voices of the Voiceless” – with music, dance, poetry, art and activism.

Saturday 29th June, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 1.30-4.30pm.

Get your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/2MjJex8

New poll finds warm attitudes towards refugees in Scotland

A new survey commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council shows an increase in positive attitudes towards people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

The poll, carried out in March 2019 by Survation, found more than two thirds of people in Scotland feel empathy for refugees, with 69 per cent of respondents agreeing with the statement ‘refugees are ordinary people just like us’.

The poll shows increasing support for diversity in Scotland with 44 per cent of people agreeing that the arrival of new refugee communities makes Scotland a more vibrant place to live. This figure rises to 57 per cent among 18-24 year olds.

Overall, the survey shows that most people feel Scotland has done well to support refugees, with 61 per cent of respondents believing that charities in Scotland are doing a good job of supporting people seeking safety here. In general, people believe the Scottish Government (58 per cent) and local authorities (52 per cent) are doing a good job of supporting refugees.

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Meet our Ambassadors!

Meet our Refugee Festival Scotland Ambassadors – an inspiring group of people with refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds who wish to share their experiences of living here in Scotland, in order to highlight the situation which we are working in. A few weeks ago, we held a Media Training Day, where our Ambassadors discussed what they feel comfortable talking about to journalists, and importantly, what they don’t – before testing out their skills in front of a rolling camera.

Our Ambassadors are available for media interviews about the festival and about their lives here in Scotland, and are interested in getting to know as much about different events and community groups as possible – keep an eye out for them during the festival and beyond, this lot are destined for great things!

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Refugee Festival Scotland Programme Launch!

We are delighted to announce our programme for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

Highlights include a public art installation by Berlin-based artist Manaf Halbouni and the UK premiere of work by Edinburgh-based dancer and choreographer Farah Saleh, and with more than 100 events across Scotland between 20-30 June, it truly is a festival for everyone.

The theme of this year’s festival, MAKING ART, MAKING HOME, showcases the creativity and strength required to rebuild a sense of home in an insecure and often hostile environment. From public art pieces to ceilidhs, sport events to community meals, Refugee Festival Scotland is a chance to celebrate and bring people together.

View our full programme here!

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