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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Let us tell you a story…about 5 #RefugeeFestScot literary events!

Storytelling events and a book launch have made it into our selection of literary events that take place during Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 Launch

Join us in the heart of Glasgow to celebrate the launch of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 and mark World Refugee Day. We’ll be showing solidarity and support for people who’ve been forced to flee their homes at the site of Manaf Halbouni’s public sculpture Rubble Theatre, a highlight of this year’s festival.

Refugee Festival Scotland honours the resilience and courage it takes to build a home in insecure and precarious circumstances. By sharing in the festival’s celebrations you can join a movement that rejects attempts to make people feel like outsiders and to sow division among us.

We’ll be hearing from Manaf Halbouni and Musicians in Exile alongside activists who have made their home in Scotland. Stand with us in solidarity, welcome and friendship.

This event is outdoors and wheelchair accessible.


Thursday 20 June 2019, 12:00 – 14:00
St Enoch Square


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/447888275998422/


Moments of Freedom – Women’s Wellbeing Event

The lovely New Scots of Moments of Freedom tell us all about their Women’s Wellbeing event in Clydebank as part of #RefugeeFestScot !

Thanks for the brilliant photoshoot!

26 June, 11-13.30, Clydebank Town Hall.

Free, drop-in (women only): https://bit.ly/31ek2Mb