Refugee Festival Scotland comes to Edinburgh

Whatever the weather, people in Edinburgh can expect a warm welcome at Refugee Festival Scotland – and a packed programme of events showcasing refugee arts and culture.

Refugee Festival Scotland comes to Edinburgh

Article Source: Refugee Festival Scotland
First Published: 27 May 2021 11:26
Updated: 27 May 2021 12:11

This year’s festival runs from 14 June - 20 June. From live music and dance to online art shows, film screenings, gaming marathons and family-friendly picnics, the festival has something for everyone.

The line-up, which showcases refugee arts and culture, aims to bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together to meet, mix and get to know each other better.

This year’s festival focuses on helping communities in Edinburgh, and across Scotland to reconnect and build bonds of friendship after months kept apart by the pandemic.

Bas Alden, who is originally from Palestine and now lives in Edinburgh, is one of the organisers behind this year’s festival.

He said: “Each year, we evolve and adapt to changes and use new tools to support and bring people together. As a result of Covid-19, this year’s festival, which runs from 14-20 June, will be different. Many events will be held online to make them accessible to all – and to keep you safe!

“Refugee Festival Scotland connects New Scots with communities across Scotland. The festival is a place where the sky is the limit when it comes to dreams and ideas. It is a safe and open space for people to campaign for change and reach out to others in friendship and support.”


The festival celebrates the many ways refugees contribute to Scotland’s cultural life by showcasing the food and drink, music and dance, language and art that people bring with them when they begin new lives in Scotland.

Refugee Festival Scotland is produced by Scottish Refugee Council. Details of the 2021 festival programme are now online: www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk

Edinburgh highlights

Dance

New Beginnings
Anahat Theatre’s New Beginnings is a playful dance theatre work in progress celebrating the point in time and space when something starts afresh.
The show mixes dance, theatre and poetry and has autobiographical elements.
Created and performed by Mexican-born, Edinburgh-based artist Andrea Cabrera Luna (actor/director). Original sound composition Ceylan Hay.

Friday 18 June 2021, 19:00, online event
Free but ticketed

PAST-Inuous
An interactive video dance installation created through an international digital collaboration with 11 Palestinian dancers – including Edinburgh-Based, Farah Saleh – and video artist Lucas Kao.

The work considers the bodies of the eleven artists – most of whom are third-generation refugees, based in Edinburgh, Berlin, Gaza and Nablus – as living archives. It attempts to dig into these archives to find connections between the artists’ daily gestures of the present, and the gestures of their expelled families in the past.

Friday 18 June, all day, online event
Free

Music and Podcasts

The Sounds of Displacement: Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre
A talk by Phil Alexander, with live music from world-renowned Yiddish singer Sasha Lurje. In this session, Phil will take us through some of the many ways that music was a part of post-Holocaust displaced refugee life. We will listen to archive materials, discover more about the ensembles and anthologies that were created out of Displaced Persons camp life, and explore the importance of music under these difficult circumstances.

Date: Thursday 17 June 2021, 19:30
£5 (free to those with limited means)

Much Language Such Talk Podcast Special with Debora Kayembe
Bilingualism Matters is releasing a special episode of the Much Language Such Talk Podcast as part of Scottish Refugee Festival. Tune in for a fascinating interview with Debora Kayembe about her work as a human rights lawyer, translator and activist, and her experiences arriving in the UK as a refugee. In 2016, Ms Kayembe became the first African woman to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in February 2021, she became the third woman, the first black woman and the first African immigrant to be named rector of the University of Edinburgh.

Date:Thursday 17 June, 12.00
Free

Community events

The Welcoming Refugee Festival Special
An online gathering bringing together members of the local Syrian community and their neighbours for an uplifting evening of live music, storytelling, art and discussion.
Thursday 17 June, 5pm
Free

Community Picnic With Greening Our Street
Greening Our Street are hosting a family-friendly picnic at their community garden near the tennis courts on the Meadows. Bring your own food and come prepared for games and guided tours of the garden.

Sunday, 20 June at 12 noon
Free

Gaming Against the Hostile Environment
Using gaming as a platform for good, Gaming Against the Hostile Environment aims to raise awareness about the hostile environment policies which leave thousands of people who came to the UK as asylum seekers or refugees in vulnerable, precarious and often inhumane situations.

As part of Refugee Festival Scotland, they’re setting up the gear for a gaming marathon to raise funds for four grassroots organisations that support refugees, including Intercultural Youth Scotland in Edinburgh. All gamers are also invited to join for a celebration stream on World Refugee Day – time and Game to be confirmed.

Sunday 20 June, time (tbc)
Free

Details of all events can be found at refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk

Latest Edinburgh News

Mackies of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland announce partnership to get families exploring this summer

Mackies of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland announce partnership to get families exploring this summer

Families are invited to reconnect with the National Trust for Scotland properties they love, uncover clues as they explore and receive a delicious Mackie’s chocolate treat for their efforts.

First Published: 11th June 2021
People across Scotland urged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease

People across Scotland urged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease

Scots are being encouraged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease, as research reveals almost half of adults who have met up with others have found it more overwhelming than expected.

First Published: 11th June 2021
Thrill seekers slide this way as Edinburgh Leisure launch AquaDash Extreme

Thrill seekers slide this way as Edinburgh Leisure launch AquaDash Extreme

Calling all thrill seekers, Edinburgh Leisure is launching a new extreme element to AquaDash, its inflatable playground on water at the Royal Commonwealth Pool when it reopens on 10th June.

First Published: 10th June 2021
A journey from lockdown back to live theatre 2021 to 2022

A journey from lockdown back to live theatre 2021 to 2022

Join the National Theatre of Scotland on a journey back to live theatre as it celebrates a programme of new tours, returning productions, a World Premiere and its ongoing digital programme.

First Published: 10th June 2021
Salvage Hunters want your location recommendations for their upcoming episode set to be filmed in Scotland

Salvage Hunters want your location recommendations for their upcoming episode set to be filmed in Scotland

Salvage Hunters, the well-loved and most watched Discovery Network show is on the hunt for locations to feature in their special Scotland episode.

First Published: 10th June 2021
Summer Spritz Garden Opening at St James Quarter in Edinburgh

Summer Spritz Garden Opening at St James Quarter in Edinburgh

A striking new al fresco Spritz Garden at Edinburgh’s new St James Quarter is set to launch on 24th June by the team behind Edinburgh Cocktail Week, the same day the Quarter opens its doors.

First Published: 10th June 2021
Raise a glass to new microbrewery tours in Edinburgh

Raise a glass to new microbrewery tours in Edinburgh

Cold Town Brewery in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is opening its doors to the public for the first time with the launch of new guided group tours in time for Father’s Day on Sunday 20th June.

First Published: 10th June 2021
Dobbies announces virtual events to elevate your garden this summer

Dobbies announces virtual events to elevate your garden this summer

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced two virtual Expert Events to help gardeners elevate their green spaces this summer, no matter the size or style of their garden.

First Published: 9th June 2021
New Street Food Menu and Euros Inspired Scottish Cocktail Kick Off Summer At Fore Play Crazy Golf

New Street Food Menu and Euros Inspired Scottish Cocktail Kick Off Summer At Fore Play Crazy Golf

Fore Play Crazy Golf has unveiled an exciting new street food and cocktail menu, including a Euros-inspired Scottish serve, to kick off summer.

First Published: 8th June 2021
NQ64 Arcade Bar Opening in Edinburgh this Summer

NQ64 Arcade Bar Opening in Edinburgh this Summer

One of the UK’s top arcade bar brands, NQ64, is set to make its debut in Scotland when it opens on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road this summer.

First Published: 8th June 2021
Vue set to screen National Theatre Live: Follies on the big screen

Vue set to screen National Theatre Live: Follies on the big screen

Tickets on sale for National Theatre production Follies on the big screen at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean.

First Published: 5th June 2021
Food for thought as Gladstones Land launches first historical food tour

Food for thought as Gladstones Land launches first historical food tour

The National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is introducing its first ever interactive historical food tour next week (Wednesday June 9).

First Published: 5th June 2021
The RZSS marks World Environment Day by pledging support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The RZSS marks World Environment Day by pledging support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

To mark World Environment Day (5 June), the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced their support for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

First Published: 4th June 2021
itison give the chance to win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy to raise funds for Social Bite

itison give the chance to win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy to raise funds for Social Bite

Win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy or 90s throwback fitness class with Mr Motivator courtesy of itison... and help raise funds for Social Bite to break the cycle of homelessness.

First Published: 4th June 2021
Dads go free at Conifox Adventure Park on Sunday 20th June

Dads go free at Conifox Adventure Park on Sunday 20th June

Conifox Adventure Park is waiting to welcome back all of our favourite dads, daddies and ‘you’re like a dad to me’ dudes, with an unmissable offer this Father’s Day.

First Published: 3rd June 2021
Charity thanks volunteers for the massive difference they make

Charity thanks volunteers for the massive difference they make

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, is getting ready to celebrate Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) by thanking their volunteers for the huge difference that they make to people’s lives.

First Published: 2nd June 2021
Scottish Opera returns to live performance with over 200 pop up opera shows this Summer

Scottish Opera returns to live performance with over 200 pop up opera shows this Summer

Scottish Opera returns to live outdoor performance for the first time in nine months, with its popular Pop-up Opera Roadshow, starting Thursday 10th June!

First Published: 1st June 2021
Ayr company scoops best ice cream in UK award!

Ayr company scoops best ice cream in UK award!

Mancini's of Ayr has been voted the best ice cream manufacturer in the UK at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the sector's UK trade association.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Scottish Celebrity Chef backs charity Tartan Tea Party to celebrate Thank You Day

Scottish Celebrity Chef backs charity Tartan Tea Party to celebrate Thank You Day

Michelin Star Chef Tom Kitchin is backing Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Tartan Tea Party to celebrate the nationwide 'Thank You Day' on Sunday 4th July.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Bauer Media Scotland celebrate success at Audio and Radio Industry Awards

Bauer Media Scotland celebrate success at Audio and Radio Industry Awards

Bauer Media Scotland is celebrating after picking up four awards at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs).

First Published: 28th May 2021
Dobbies celebrates National Childrens Gardening Week with refreshed Little Seedlings and Ambassador launch

Dobbies celebrates National Childrens Gardening Week with refreshed Little Seedlings and Ambassador launch

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the online relaunch of its much-loved Little Seedlings Club, to support and celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week.

First Published: 28th May 2021
Enjoy festive fun at Edinburgh Zoo this Autumn and Winter

Enjoy festive fun at Edinburgh Zoo this Autumn and Winter

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced the return of Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights, alongside a brand-new family friendly Halloween event running in October.

First Published: 28th May 2021
Holyrood Distillery Tours Relaunch with New Make Spirit

Holyrood Distillery Tours Relaunch with New Make Spirit

Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery in almost 100 years, is to relaunch their tours with a new Gin and Whisky Experience from the 3rd June.

First Published: 27th May 2021
National Theatre of Scotland Creatively Engaging in 2021

National Theatre of Scotland Creatively Engaging in 2021

National Theatre of Scotland announces a series of new digital creative engagement projects which explore themes of care and empathy.

First Published: 27th May 2021
Refugee Festival Scotland comes to Edinburgh

Refugee Festival Scotland comes to Edinburgh

Whatever the weather, people in Edinburgh can expect a warm welcome at Refugee Festival Scotland – and a packed programme of events showcasing refugee arts and culture.

First Published: 27th May 2021
New life for Newhailes as house reopens with brand new visitor attractions

New life for Newhailes as house reopens with brand new visitor attractions

The National Trust for Scotland’s Newhailes House has opened its doors for the first time since 2018 with a brand-new visitor experience inside the house and new catering facilities on the estate.

First Published: 26th May 2021
Biscuit fans can book a stay in a CARAVAN Wafer this summer

Biscuit fans can book a stay in a CARAVAN Wafer this summer

Biscuit giant, Tunnock's, has teamed up with Argyll Holidays, Scotland's marketing leading holiday park operator in Argyll, to design and create the first ever official Tunnock's Caravan Wafer!

First Published: 26th May 2021
Jack and Victor raise a glass as whisky goes live

Jack and Victor raise a glass as whisky goes live

After months of speculation, two of Scotland's most famous old boys, Jack Jarvis Esq. and Victor McDade prove they're still here in spirit as their very own limited-edition dram goes on sale!

First Published: 25th May 2021
Get them growing and inspire the next generation of gardeners

Get them growing and inspire the next generation of gardeners

Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week 29th May - 6th June 2021. It’s the perfect time to nurture children and grandchildren’s interest in the great outdoors.

First Published: 24th May 2021
First of the Edinburgh Festivals opens today

First of the Edinburgh Festivals opens today

Two years after celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival reopens its doors with a programme of online and outdoor theatre and dance for young people.

First Published: 25th May 2021

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Castle Street Summer Fair
Filled with an abundance of beautiful crafted gifts and delicious foodies, Castle Street Summer Fair is not to be missed this summer!
Edinburgh Zoo After Hours
Edinburgh Zoo After Hours events return for summer 2021 giving you more opportunity to see your favourite animals!
Festival Village: Waverley
The Pop-Up Pro's are bringing their popular food market and beer garden, Festival Village, to the rooftop at Waverley Mall once again this Summer!
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market is open but with strict rules and guidelines. Come and join us for some bargains and for sellers to have a clearout!
Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park 6th, 7th and 8th August 2021!

Popular Venues

Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland Traverse Theatre