Join us on World Refugee Day!

It’s World Refugee Day on Sunday and we’re coming together in a show of solidarity with people forced to flee their homes in search of safety.

This summer is the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, a UN treaty that defends the rights of refugees. In the last 70 years, many people fleeing conflict, persecution and human rights abuses have sought sanctuary here in Scotland and they have enriched our communities in so many ways. 

It’s been a difficult year for everyone. That’s why it’s more important than ever to celebrate our refugee communities.

Will you to join us in giving a warm welcome to people who have arrived in Scotland in search of safety?

Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Take a picture of yourself with our digital ‘Aye Welcome Refugees’ poster, which you can download here.

2. Share your photo on social media. You can use the suggested wording below, or chose a message of your own:

For as long as people are forced to flee war and persecution, #AyeWelcomeRefugees!

#WithRefugees #RefugeeFestScot

3. Post your photo between 11am – 1pm on World Refugee Day, Sunday 20 June. Or send your photo to by 3pm this Friday and we will share it for you on Sunday.

Join us this World Refugee Day and be part of a positive movement, showing friendship and solidarity with people seeking safety.

Refugee Festival Scotland starts with music and sunshine

On #WorldRefugeeDay on June 20, a sunny St Enoch Square was bustling with people celebrating the start of #RefugeeFestScot.

Musicans in Exile played music and got audience members to participate with clapping and playing drums.

People held up welcome placards in multiple languages – Arabic, Russian, Kurdish, Pashto, French and Farsi, amongst others – to show solidarity and friendship with people who have experienced forced migration.

Manaf Halbouni’s installation Rubble Theatre attracted many curious looks. It will be open to the public in St Enoch Square until June 27. Check out the full programme for #RefugeeFestScot here.

Making Home

Today marks one week until the Launch Day of Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

20th June marks World Refugee Day, so we will stand in solidarity with protests and celebrations across the globe in making our voices heard for refugees across the world.

Yesterday, the news that Serco is to evict 30 destitute people per week from their homes for the next 4 months broke, and it has shaken us. Despite protests and ongoing legal challenges, the housing provider and the Home Office are charging ahead with their cruel and inhumane lock-change policy, which has caused outrage and anger across the sector, and confusion and fear among refugee and asylum seeking communities.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Making Art, Making Home” – a theme which stemmed from Serco’s initial attempts to evict 300 people last summer. We call on the people of Glasgow, of Scotland, to come together and create a sense of home for those who are being forced from theirs. Refugee Festival Scotland provides an opportunity for people to come together who wouldn’t otherwise have met, to build bonds and remember that there is more that unites us than divides us. A chance to celebrate what makes us human, and to embrace each other’s talents and abilities. The show will go on, and we will make HOME louder and bigger than ever.

Everyone has a right to a home and the right to feel at home, safe, welcome and part of a community. In a hostile environment, home can be built on memories and hope, with the help of new neighbours and friends.

Making home shouldn’t have to be a defiant act, but if it has to be, it will be.


Join us at St Enoch Square on World Refugee Day – 20th June, and help us to make home for people here in Scotland:

12.00 – 12.10

Join us in a display of solidarity, friendship and welcome

12.10 – 12.30

Hear from inspiring artists and activists Pinar Aksu, Amal Azzudin, Sabir Zazai and Manaf Halbouni

12.30 – 13.30

Drumming with Musicians in Exile, followed by Arabic, Persian and Kurdish music

This event is outdoors and wheelchair accessible.

Coming Very Soon – Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!

May is nearly upon us and, with that, the countdown to Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 really begins!

We’ve been busy recruiting ambassadors and volunteers, liaising with community groups, organising events, planning, planning, planning and soon we’ll be ready to release this year’s programme and artwork. The festival will take place 20-30 June across Scotland, with loads of exciting events for everyone to enjoy and learn from. We can’t wait to tell you everything that we have planned – watch this space!

In the meantime, look back at this blog written by Naina Bhardwaj from last year’s performance of “Where are you really from?”, an inspiring and moving piece by our friends at World Spirit Theatre. You can catch them at the Southside Fringe Festival on 18th May for a pre-festival warm up!

Continue reading “Coming Very Soon – Refugee Festival Scotland 2019!”

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!