The Refugee Festival Scotland 2016 programme

You can take your pick from more than 100 music, theatre, film, community, visual art, discussion and family events taking place right across Scotland – from as far south as Dumfries and Galloway to the Shetland Islands, Edinburgh to Inverness.

Celebrating solidarity with refugees

This year, the festival is particularly important as it celebrates the warm welcome and show of solidarity Scots have shown to men, women and children forced to flee their homes in countries such as Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan and others, and risk their lives in a desperate search for safety as part of humanitarian and refugee crisis that is defining our generation.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand in solidarity, visibly and proudly, with the people who’ve had to flee everything precious to them to survive and build new lives here.

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Programme highlights

With so many exciting events, it’s difficult to choose what to mention, but here are just a few picks.
‘Celebrating Solidarity’– Refugee Festival Scotland Launch Saturday 18 June, 12.00pm – 4.00pm The Hidden Gardens & Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE Free and open to all. No booking required.
We hope as many people as possible will join us in showing solidarity with refugees across Scotland at our upcoming gathering with activities for all the family featuring live music, dance, arts and crafts, sports and games, face painting and free food provided by The Hidden Gardens Cultural Cookery group.

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‘Lest We Forget’: First World War – Refugees Then & Now’ Commemorative tree unveiling event Saturday 4 June, 2.00pm – 2.45pm, Free Queen’s Park (by the flagpole), 520 Langside Road, Glasgow, G42 8QR

Visual art exhibition Tuesday 14 – Sunday 26 June, 10.00am – 8.00pm, Free Documentary film screening & discussion event Tuesday 14 June, 6.15pm – 7.15pm, £5 (+ booking fee) To book visit: or call 0141 353 8000
Exhibition & screening both take place at: The Mitchell Library, 6 Granville Street, Glasgow, G3 7DR

Did you know that thousands of Belgian refugees came to Scotland during the First World War?
100 years on, a group of refugees and local Scots share what they’ve discovered, in our powerful documentary film and visual art exhibition about this hidden heritage and make parallels with their experiences of re-building their lives today.
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The Italian Cultural Institute in support of Scottish Refugee Council presentsSolidarietà – Summer Evening of Classical Music Friday 3 June, 7.30pm – 8.30pm £10. All proceeds to Scottish Refugee Council St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Cathedral House, 90 Dunlop St, Glasgow, G1 4ER To book visit: Experience a beautiful evening of classical music hosted by The Italian Cultural Institute in support of Scottish Refugee Council’s work helping refugees re-build their lives in Scotland.

Featuring evocative performances from Armenian pianist Ani Martirosyan, and Japanese violinist Nobuko Murakoshi, this one-off event in the atmospheric surrounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral is not to be missed.

Celebrate solidarity with refugees at a Community Celebration event in your local area

Scottish Refugee Council is supporting community-led groups’ right across the country to participate in the festival by organising an activity in their local area.
Choose from over 30 fun days, sports events, music nights and discussions and gain insight into what life is like for refugees living in Scotland.
For a full list of community events visit:

Scottish Refugee Council is also organising 2 one-day solidarity events in collaboration with local community and integration groups across Scotland to bring refugees and host communities together – details of these will be available on our website from early June.

Tell us your story!

We want people to stand in solidarity with refugees in recognition of our common humanity and a commitment to the human rights we should all enjoy.

Many of you are already involved in helping out refugees in some way or other. We want to hear your stories.

Tell us what you’re up to, how you got involved, what made you want to contribute? Have you volunteered your time? Have you made a donation? Are you teaching English or befriending refugees?

We want to hear all of your amazing, positive stories.

Please get in touch to let us know.

Scottish Refugee Council

In these challenging times, Scottish Refugee Council needs your support to continue delivering our vital and life changing services. Become a member or make a donatioon today to help make a difference.

Text RFGE16 followed by the amount to 70070 to donate to Scottish Refugee Council and make a difference today.

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