Refugee Festival Scotland 2017

Tuesday 20 June – Sunday 2 July 2017 

Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sport events that brings refugee and local communities across Scotland together.


Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugees make to our rich cultural life in Scotland and the welcome offered by local people.

This year we are using the theme Connect to encourage people from all walks of Scottish society to connect with people who have come here seeking refugee protection. These New Scots are our neighbours, colleagues, classmates and friends.

The festival will explore the different actions we can take to build and strengthen connections between local communities and with the new Scots rebuilding their lives here.

Join us!

Creative Communities Fund – apply by Friday 28 April 2017
Community groups from across Scotland that are led by refugees or that have a focus on working with refugees can apply for up to £500 to participate in the festival. Groups can apply for funding to deliver an event or activity with their members and local audiences that will help to strengthen their connections, partnerships and networks with receiving communities. Please read the guidance below then complete the application form (below) and return it by Friday 28 April 2017 to:

Guidelines Creative Communities Fund

Application Form Creative Communities Fund

Open Programme – Register your event  by Friday 5 May 2017
Anyone can get involved by organising an event for Refugee Festival Scotland. We encourage all kinds of activities - performances, films, club nights, discussions, gigs, exhibitions, workshops, food fayres, themed walks, sports days, quizzes and more. To have your event considered for inclusion in the festival programme please complete and return the registration form (link below) and return by Friday 5 May 2017 at 12.00pm.

Event Registration Form Refugee Festival Scotland 2017

Get in touch

For more information on Refugee Festival Scotland contact  / 0141 248 9799.

If you'd like to discuss the Creative Communities fund contact

Read our Refugee Festival Scotland 2016 Evaluation Report or take a look below at some of our highlights from our 2016 festival.  

Refgee Festival Scotland 2016 Infographic 2