We are happy to announce that – we are returning for a second year to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland together with JustCitizens.
Our Roots of Refuge event will take place on Thursday 22nd June at the Hidden Gardens in the southside of Glasgow, from 4pm to 7pm.
Open to people, communities and organisations across the country, our event will focus on sharing stories of hope and celebration from migrants who have chosen to make Scotland their home.
We will also promote the work of amazing organisations who support refugees and asylum seekers. With over 10 stalls to visit, free food from excellent catering teams at Olive Tree Bakery and Party Cakes, as well as music, entertainment, art exhibitions, interactive games and activities – we invite you all to come and celebrate our communities!
We will host talented artists who will play music and showcase their exhibitions including poetry, art and photography, and we will talk about our different conceptions of home and how we form roots in refuge.
Our event is free and open to children and their families, with a kids’ corner and some fun activities scheduled throughout the afternoon, like face painting and other arts and crafts.
We will celebrate the warm welcome for asylum seekers and refugees in our Scottish communities – highlighting grassroots organisations who make a difference in people’s lives every day, and the compassion and solidarity each and every one of us can show to people fleeing war and danger in seek of protection and refuge.
We feel it is especially important to do so now, in the wider context of an Illegal Migration Bill before the UK Parliament which aims to close down routes to safety in the UK for asylum seekers and refugees, and which divides people from the communities they live in.
This year, our Roots of Refuge will celebrate integration, inclusion and respect for other cultures.
We do hope you can come and celebrate the contributions the refugees of Glasgow have made in our city!
If you wish to attend, please acquire a free ticket here!