Behind the design

It would be hard not to notice our vibrant visuals for Refugee Festival Scotland which makes its online debut in June. Our festival design this year has been created by talented Syrian artist Mousa AlNana who is based in Glasgow. Here Mousa gives us some insight into what inspired his design for the festival.

“When refugees leave their countries and resettle in a new place, they want to be part of their new community and to rebuild their lives and their futures. That’s what inspired me to make a design that captured unity, and that we all can be part of something really strong and beautiful.

“You can see in the design that the hands are in different shades of colour. This is to represent the diversity and the richness of the human race, and how our differences make us complete. The hands are working together and helping to build the design itself. The different elements in the design represent how we human beings can be a force for good if we work together.

“I used positive vibrant colors, hoping that would leave optimistic happy thoughts when refugees are mentioned, and replace the negative sad thoughts that are usually associated with refugees and their ability to contribute to any community.

“I hope this festival brings love and support to us all.”

More about Mousa

You can read more about Glasgow School of Art graduate Mousa and his work in this great profile piece about him in The National. And see more of his work on his website and on Instagram @Mousa.Alnana.

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The Journal of Unconditional Being

Join us at CCA on Monday 4th November, 6pm,for music from Aref Ghorbani, drinks, readings and conversation to celebrate the launch of The Journal of Unconditional Being.

Unconditional Being is a collaboration between artists Pinar Aksu, Mousa AlNana, Razan Madhoon, Paria Goodarzi, Aref Ghorbani, Iman Tajik and Najma Abukar designed by OOMK Collective. The publication is the result of a workshop and conversation between the artists at CCA exploring language, identity, borders and censorship as part of the refugee and asylum experience in Scotland. The publication was Risograph printed and assembled collectively on-site with assistance from Tender Hands Press, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019.

The journal will be on sale at £5 with all proceeds going towards Defence for Children Greece:

OOMK (One of My Kind) is a collaborative publishing practice led by Sofia Niazi, Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara who make, publish and distribute books and printed works which arise from self-initiated projects.


Free (unticketed)


See CCA site for more information:

Image: CCA Glasgow

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.

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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.