UK Premiere: Gesturing Refugees

Farah Saleh performs UK premiere of “Gesturing Refugees” at CCA Glasgow

On Thursday 27th June 2019, as part of #RefugeeFestScot 2019, Farah Saleh performed the UK premiere of “Gesturing Refugees”, an interactive dance piece which defies categorisation, and leaves you thinking about it long after it ends. The show was commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council for the festival.

“It is a very special and transformative work, with love – and dance movement itself – as a true weapon of resistance.”

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Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards

On Tuesday 25th June we held our annual Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards at Corinthian Club in Glasgow, to recognise and celebrate standout quality reporting on refugee issues by journalists in Scotland.


The event was opened by our Chief Executive Sabir Zazai, who said “excellent journalism can give a voice and humanity to refugees”.

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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


Images by John Lannigan.


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.