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  • Be part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024

    Created: 12/02/2024
    News/Events Category: General News

    Refugee Festival Scotland 2024 is back and will run 14 - 23 June. This year's theme is RISE. 

    Thousands of people arrive in Scotland every year after being forced to abandon their homes and flee to safety. We see individuals rise every day to build new lives and pursue new livelihoods, despite facing many challenges and deep uncertainty. Packed with unique events and exceptional talent, the festival honours the resilience and courage of New Scots and celebrates a vision for a Scotland where everyone can blossom and has equal opportunity to thrive.   

    Refugee Council Scotland would love for you to get involved! 


    Hold a festival event 

    Anyone can apply to hold an event as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.  

    Whether you are an individual, community group or organisation based in Scotland, if you would like to put on an event, they’d love to hear from you. 

    Your event can take any form – from art exhibitions, film screenings, plays, poetry readings, and music and dance performances, to craft classes, community meals, sports tournaments and family friendly picnics. Take a look at previous programmes for inspiration.  

    The deadline to register your event is 12 noon on Wednesday 01 May 2024. 

    Read the event guidelines to find out how to register your event. 


    Apply for festival funding 

    Small grants are available to help communities cover the cost of running events and activities as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.  

    Groups and organisations can apply for up to £750. The closing date for funding applications is 11.59am on Friday 01 March 2024.  

    Get more information and apply for festival funding here.  


    Join their small grants panel  

    All small grants applications will be reviewed by a panel of community volunteers.  

    Refugee Scotland is looking for five volunteers to join their Small Grants Evaluation Panel.  

    This opportunity is open to refugees, people seeking asylum and members of refugee community groups living anywhere in Scotland. You must be at least 18 years old.  

    The deadline for expressions of interest is 11.59am on Monday 12 February 2024.  

    If you are interested, please read the Terms of Reference for more information and instructions about how to apply.    


    Opportunity for artists from refugee backgrounds 

    Refugee Scotland is delighted to launch Arts Open as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024.  

    Every year, alongside the festival’s open programme, Scottish Refugee Council commissions a number of events.  

    Arts Open is a new initiative which will support three artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds to present their work in Scotland for the first time at this year’s festival.  

    This opportunity is open to artists working in any discipline. The closing date for Arts Open applications is 11.59am on Friday 01 March 2024.  

    Find more details and apply here.


    A festival for everyone 

    Refugee Festival Scotland is a national celebration of arts, culture, and diversity.   

    Every summer they share a packed programme of events showcasing the colour, creativity, food, music, language and ideas that people bring with them when they settle in Scotland. 

    The theme for 2024 is RISE! Read more about the inspiration for this year’s festival here.

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