“It’s so important to show that refugees are ordinary – but incredibly resilient – human beings, just like everyone else.”
We caught up with Kimie Riis Frengler from Sponsor Refugees, to find out more about the webinar they are co-hosting with Reset and The Edinburgh Refugee Sponsorship Circle, as part of this year’s festival. Join them at 6pm this evening (Thursday 17 June).
Tell us a little more about your event
It’s a chance for people to learn more about Community Sponsorship, a scheme that offers a safe and legal route for refugees to resettle in the UK. As the name suggests, Sponsorship is a community effort that brings together local communities and transforms not only the lives of the resettled families but also the communities that bring them here. For those who are keen to save lives and strengthen their communities in the process, this event is for you.
What does Refugee Festival Scotland mean to you?
It is a celebration of what we cherish the most; a welcoming and open-hearted UK. For our organisation, it’s an opportunity to engage with local communities across Scotland to make the country and even more diverse and welcoming place.
Why is it important to celebrate refugee arts and culture in this way?
Many people associate the word “refugee” with a type of person, rather than a status. It’s so important to show that refugees are ordinary – but incredibly resilient – human beings, just like everyone else. Arts and culture are a great platform for exchanging ideas, ways of life and values, which is a crucial step in deepening understanding of our shared humanity.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
We truly hope to see a big turnout at our event and hopefully generate some real awareness and interest in community sponsorship. We’re also looking forward to meeting people from other organisations run by and for refugee communities, so that we can join forces in our efforts to make Scotland a place of sanctuary and welcome.