Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and centred around World Refugee Day, this annual festival of arts and cultural events celebrates the contribution which refugees make to Scottish cultural life and the welcome offered by local people.
Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – the food and drink, music and poetry, dance, visual art and ideas that people bring with them when they seek safety in Scotland. Each year, in the run up to World Refugee Day on 20 June, the festival offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet, mix and get to know each other better.
This year’s festival focuses on helping communities to reconnect and build bonds of friendship after months kept apart by the pandemic. It is open to everyone with an interest in finding out about the wide range of communities who have settled in Scotland. Celebrations will take place across Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands. And there’s something for everyone, from live music and dance to online art exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly picnics.
Refugee Festival Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, an independent charity dedicated to providing advice and information to people seeking refugee protection in Scotland. Join us to campaign for positive change and to build a culture of welcome in Scotland.