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!



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.

Continue reading “Thank you for joining us for #RefugeeFestScot 2019!”

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