Arts and cultural activities

At Scottish Refugee Council we work for better integration and understanding between communities. One of the ways we do this is by engaging people in our exciting year-round programme of arts and cultural activities.

Share My Table

Refugees and local Scots will gather together to share food and stories at Tramway in Glasgow as part of our new arts project. Share My Table will work with a group of refugees and local Scots from January - October 2017. Usual visual art and performance, in which members of the public will be invited to participate, at Tramway next year. 

Refugee Festival Scotland 

Festival dates are centred on World Refugee Day on 20 June. Join us again in 2017 - dates to be announced.

Co-ordinated 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 together and celebrates the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland and the welcome offered by local people.

Anyone can get involved by organising an event or activity and show solidarity with refugees. We encourage all kinds of activities - performances, films, club nights, discussions, gigs, exhibitions, workshops, food fayres, themed walks, sports days, quizzes, campaigns and more.

Find out how you can get involved in Refugee Festival Scotland.

Screen one of our films 

Films available:

  • Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now documentary (20mins, 2016). Directed by Lou McLoughlan and commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council. Watch the trailer.
  • Transit Zone documentary (30mins, 2015), Directed by Frederik Subei and supported by Scottish Refugee Council and the National Union for Journalists. Watch the trailer.
  • One Place to Another (4.49mins, 2016), a moving short film created by 6 Eritrean refugees living in Glasgow for Holocaust Memorial Day. Watch.
  • A View from Here documentary (27 mins), 2014, Directed by Basharat Khan and commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council). Watch trailer.
  • Welcome (1.5 mins), 2014, Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council, Produced by Media Co-op. Watch. 
  • Destitution (2 mins), Directed by Chris Leslie. Watch.
  • Courage: 60 Years of the Refugee Convention (2 mins), 2014, Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council, Produced by Media Co-op). Watch. 

Host one of our exhibitions

Exhibitions available:

  • Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now exhibition of archive and contemporary materials, photographs, objects and visual art work discovering the experiences of refugees then and now. 
  • Transit Zone exhibition of photographs of life in the refugee camp in Calais by Iman Tajik.
  • A View from Here exhibition of archive and contemporary photos, visual art works, objects and newspaper cuttings documenting the high-rise flats in Knightswood and the Gorbals.
  • Our Glasgow exhibition of beautiful and insightful photographs of Glasgow’s culture and heritage taken by newly arrived separated children from The Scottish Guardianship Service.
  • Lost Life, a series of photo portraits of Iranian refugees now living in Glasgow by Iman Tajik.
  • Iranian Ancient, seven batik textile works fusing the artist’s Iranian and Scottish heritage by Paria Goodarzi.   

Art for all year

Scottish Refugee Council is committed to delivering arts programmes throughout the year. If you have an idea for a project, workshop or event or want to suggest something you would like to participate in, please email artsandculture@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk.