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!


Syrian artist to recreate bomb scene in Glasgow City Centre

A square in Glasgow city centre will be transformed into a rubble-strewn bombsite as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

The art installation is being created by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni. It features an abandoned car packed with belongings and surrounded by a bombsite landscape of broken bricks and rubble. The sculpture will take up residence in St Enoch Square from 20 – 27 June.

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Food venues across Glasgow to raise funds for refugees in June!

Scottish Refugee Council is delighted to be working with a host of cafés and restaurants in Glasgow, who are supporting our latest food-inspired fundraising campaign – Tastes from Home.

As part of the campaign, and alongside Refugee Festival Scotland 2019, a number of food venues will be donating a portion of what their customers spend to Scottish Refugee Council throughout the month of June.

Funds raised will support Scottish Refugee Council’s wide-ranging services, which includes giving one-to-one support to newly-arrived refugees, and running advice sessions for families, to hiring interpreters, or providing emergency grants to destitute asylum seekers.

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Submissions for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 are now closed!

Submissions are now closed and we are busy organising all the wonderful entries for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland.

From community food events to readings, film screenings, performances and sports activities for children and adults – there is something for everyone! Join us at venues all across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and wider Scotland. Everyone is invited!

The Festival begins on World Refugee Day – Thursday 20 June – and will run until Sunday 30 June 2019. The full programme is going to be announced in May. Watch this space!

12 days until submissions close for Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home”.

Find out more and apply here.

We anticipate a festival full of fun, music, dance, vibrancy, love and hope. But there is another side to the refugee story which cannot be forgotten, and we also welcome submissions to this year’s festival which deal with the cruel reality of the situations people are living in around the world, on our doorstep in Calais, and right here in Scotland.

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