Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the contribution refugees make to life in Scotland – the food and drink, music and poetry, dance, visual art and ideas that people bring with them when they seek safety in Scotland.

This year's festival takes place between 20 June - 2 July and you're invited!

The festival offers people from different walks of life the chance to meet and celebrate together - to sample a little of each other’s cultures, listen to each other’s stories and get to know each other better.

This year, over 30 refugee community groups are opening their doors and taking part in the festival. From Syrian food to Congolese music and poetry, from the Highlands to the Borders, these events show off the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland’s communities. Most of the events are free and all are friendly, welcoming and full of colour and creativity.

The Scottish Refugee Festival Opening Day celebration takes place on Saturday 16 June at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow. This free event is a chance for everyone to mark the beginning of Refugee Festival Scotland 2018 and will include musical performances, storytelling, food and an opportunity to have a go at traditional printmaking.

Refugee Festival Scotland is produced and coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, an independent charity dedicated to providing advice and information to people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

For more information on the Scottish Refugee Festival and to search for events near you, visit