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.

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