Refugee Festival Scotland

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

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.

Why do we organise a festival?

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.

To find out more

Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugee communities make to life in Scotland.
The festival wouldn’t exist without our funders. Sponsoring the festival positively impacts thousands of lives.

Read our impact and highlights report for our first-ever online Refugee Festival Scotland.

By making a donation you help us assist more people seeking sanctuary to re-build their lives in Scotland.