It’s all over for another year! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. In the midst of looming Serco evictions here in Glasgow, a festival full of joy, laughter and celebration, which brings communities together, could not have come at a better time.
The festival began here in Glasgow with a launch event at St Enoch Square, the site of a public art piece by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni, which sparked conversations with locals and drew interest and attention across the city and beyond.
In Dundee, peer volunteers organised their own launch event, bringing their community together on a wet and windy day at Steeple Church to celebrate their achievements and to thank everybody for their support.
Across the country for 10 days, people came together to appreciate and celebrate the talents and diversity of New Scots and the communities supporting them. From art to sport, dance to poetry, music to activism; through tears and laughter and tears of laughter; attracting the attention of media across the country; new friends and great conversations, debate and discussion – Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 has been a truly huge success.
It’s all over…but don’t despair just yet!
Colours of Edinburgh’s event “Lives in Transit” continues until July 6th at Out of the Blue Drill Hall.
Iman Tajik’s public art installation “Freedom of Movement” will remain near V&A Dundee for the next 3 months, and watch this space for it’s new location in Glasgow following its removal from its spot near Riverside Museum.
A couple of other events will take place between now and September across Scotland – we will keep you posted as they happen.
Thank you again, everybody, for making Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 a huge success. A special thank you to our Festival Producer Soizig Carey, who has worked tirelessly (and then some) behind the scenes to deliver such an incredible 10 days, and to all event organisers, participants, volunteers and attendees for getting involved with such enthusiasm and energy.
See you all next year for the twentieth year!