Refugee Festival Scotland starts with music and sunshine

On #WorldRefugeeDay on June 20, a sunny St Enoch Square was bustling with people celebrating the start of #RefugeeFestScot.

Musicans in Exile played music and got audience members to participate with clapping and playing drums.

People held up welcome placards in multiple languages – Arabic, Russian, Kurdish, Pashto, French and Farsi, amongst others – to show solidarity and friendship with people who have experienced forced migration.

Manaf Halbouni’s installation Rubble Theatre attracted many curious looks. It will be open to the public in St Enoch Square until June 27. Check out the full programme for #RefugeeFestScot here.

Nicola Sturgeon shows support for Refugee Festival Scotland!

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shows her support for Refugee Festival Scotland during First Minister’s Questions this morning.

Today is #WorldRefugeeDay, where we stand in solidarity with over 70 million displaced people across the world. Thank you to those who joined us this afternoon at St Enoch Square to make our voices heard. Event organisers across the country look forward to welcoming everyone to their events over the coming 10 days.

“I’m proud that people are welcomed here and can rebuild their lives. I would like to thank all those who are involved in supporting refugees across our country” – Nicola Sturgeon

Thank you to the Scottish Government for your recognition of our work and of the situation for New Scots and their communities across the country.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell will be attending Refuweegee’s exhibition “Claiming Back the Narrative” on Friday evening, one of many highlights of this year’s festival.

Look out for our #RefugeeFestScot placards!

ښه راغلاست
means welcome in Pashto – the native language of our CEO Sabir Zazai.

Look out for our multilingual welcome placards at the launch of Refugee Festival Scotland THIS Thursday!


Full Programme for #RefugeeFestScot

Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 will launch THIS Thursday and run until 30 June!

With over 100 events across Scotland celebrating the talents and diversity of New Scots and the communities which support them, this is a festival for everyone.

Don’t miss out! Check out the events happening in your area today! What are you waiting for? Go go go!

Join us at our launch event at St Enoch Square on 20th June, 12-2pm.

And check out our PDF version of our Refugee Festival Scotland programme: RFS_programme_final

5 #RefugeeFestScot events in…Edinburgh

Following on from the success of MCFB’s Afghan Cycles event last night, here is a selection of 5 events you can attend in Edinburgh during #RefugeeFestScot 2019!

Last night, Multicultural Family Base (MCFB) held the first #RefugeeFestScot event of the year. Although technically part of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, they received funding from us so that people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds could attend their screening of “Afghan Cycles” for free. The film itself is a feature documentary following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, using the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport.

In light of the success of last night’s event, here are five more Refugee Festival Scotland events in Edinburgh that are not to be missed. Click here for the full listings for Edinburgh.

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