Refugee Festival Scotland: Dundee Launch Day!

On Monday 24th June, our Dundee office held a fun-filled family celebration to launch #RefugeeFestScot in the city.

The day began with speeches by our CEO Sabir Zazai, Dundee City Housing Manager David Simpson and Steeple Church Minister Rev. Robert Calvert. These were followed by a short film about our peer volunteers in Dundee, who were then presented with certificates for their achievements by Sabir.

We were then entertained with traditional Iranian music by Musicians in Exile, before a joyous collaboration with some of our Dundee peer volunteers.

The afternoon ended with a fine selection of food prepared by our volunteers, and a frenetic dabke to close.

Don’t miss #RefugeeFestScot events taking place throughout the week at Steeple Church, the V&A and across Dundee: Dundee RFS Programme


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!


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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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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