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!