Scottish Refugee Council coordinates and produces 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 groups and individual artists to activists and welcome groups and national cultural institutions.
People from refugee communities make a huge contribution to life in Scotland and we believe this is something worth celebrating. 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.
The festival 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.