Refugee Festival Scotland

People from refugee backgrounds make a huge contribution to life in Scotland. We believe that's worth celebrating!

Our unique festival brings people together to meet, mix and get to know each other better.

This year’s theme is storytelling. Our stories reflect the journeys our lives have taken and the places we want to go. Everyone has a story to share, and there are so many ways to tell them – through music, dance, food, film, poetry, art and theatre.

Join us from 17-26 June to celebrate the stories of people and communities who have settled in Scotland.

Look for the hashtag #RefugeeFestScot on social media and follow our Festival Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

If you have any questions about the festival or would like some help planning an event, please contact Eleanor and Baz in the Festival Team:

About Refugee Festival Scotland

Refugee Festival Scotland takes place every year in the run-up to World Refugee Day on 20 June.

The festival shows off the cultural richness and diversity of Scotland's communities - the food and drink, music and poetry, art, dance, language and ideas that people bring with them when they settle in Scotland.

It creates opportunities for people to meet and get to know each other, to sample a little of each other's cultures and find out what we have in common. By building bridges across communities, the festival offers a vision of hope, friendship, neighbourliness and solidarity with people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

We coordinate and produce the festival but it is far, far bigger than us. Hundreds of people and organisations across Scotland come together to make it happen – from refugee-led community organisations and individual artists to activists, welcome groups and national cultural institutions.

This project is part-funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.