Refugee Week 2024

The University supports Refugee Week 17-23 June 2024, an annual festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

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This year’s Refugee Week theme is 'Our Home'. From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to reflect on what ’Our Home’ means to them.

Discover Edinburgh’s community stories and take part in a variety of events which are taking place throughout the week, including dance, discussions, art, literature, community, and more.

Find this year's event programme below:

Refugee Week events - 14-23 June 2024

RFS X Q’IWA Cabaret

Friday 14 June 2024, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Wee Red Bar, Lauriston Architecture Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

This event is a part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

From mesmerising dance performances by Nancy Ahmar, rooted in Bellydance and Latin dance, to the soul-stirring poetry of Noon Salah Eldin, exploring themes of migration and motherhood, this event celebrates diversity, empowerment, and resilience.

Join for a captivating showcase of artistic talent, featuring singer Malay’s evocative melodies and Katrina of the Orient’s boundary-pushing drag performances. DJ 3MR will keep the energy high with his vibrant beats, ensuring a night of joy and connection. Plus, indulge in Sumag’s delectable plant-based cuisine, inspired by Iraqi and SWANA flavours, during the break. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the transformative power of art and community!

+18 event.

Find out more about RFS X Q’IWA Cabaret and register

Community Garden on the Meadows

Saturday 15 June, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Community garden in the Meadows (East side of the Meadows near the University Library)

Hosted by the RAM group of the Roman Catholic Archidoicese.

Join the RAM Group to share home baking and conversation among the flowers in the community garden (East side of the Meadows near the University Library). Meet people from different parts of the world to chat about home and learn from refugee experience.

Free and all are welcome!

The RAM group is a Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Migrant working group, attached to Caritas. We seek to help New Scots feel at home by offering English lessons, conversation and assistance. We also help people understand the issues around immigration and raise funds for our projects.

A path forward: Navigating challenges and opportunities in refugee aid for Palestine refugees

Thursday 20 June 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm

Online via Zoom

Jointly organised by the Protracted Crisis Research Centre, University of the West of Scotland; Global Refugee Health Research Network, University of Edinburgh; and the Centre of Statelessness and Refugee Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

Opening remarks and reflections will be made by Kholoud Homsi, Relief Services Officer at United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Jordan, offering invaluable insights in her talk titled: "A Path Forward: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities in Refugee Aid for Palestine Refugees".

The event will also host the Protracted Crisis Research Centre Annual Lecture. This year, the Annual Lecture is inspired by the UN theme for World Refugee Day and Refugee Week 2024 on Home and Hope "Home Reimagined: Pathways to Stability in a World on the Move" focusing on the complex challenges and innovative solutions in redefining "home" for displaced populations, with a special emphasis on the current crises in Ukraine and Gaza.

Find out more and register for free:

Register via Eventbrite

Documentary Screening: With the Sickle and Songs

Thursday 20 June 2024, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

Join us as we screen our documentary “With the Sickle and Songs“ which emerged from our 2022 project FIELD SONGS as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Refugee Week. The FIELD SONGS project was co-produced with Syrian-led organisations as part of the One Health FIELD Network, documents Syrian refugees' agricultural heritage in Turkey.

Documentary Screening: With the Sickle and Songs

African Dance Session 

Thursday 20 June 2024, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Chapter House, located behind the Episcopal Cathedral (entrance via Manor Place)

Hosted by the RAM group of the Roman Catholic Archidoicese.

Experience the vibrant rhythms of African dance with the Chapter House Learners! Emanuel Carlos will lead this joyful session, perfect for all skill levels. Come to the Chapter House at 3:30pm, located behind the Episcopal Cathedral (entrance via Manor Place). The dance session runs from 4-5pm and is free for everyone. Weather permitting, we'll be dancing outdoors. Don’t miss out on this energetic and fun-filled event!

The RAM group is a Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Migrant working group, attached to Caritas. We seek to help New Scots feel at home by offering English lessons, conversation and assistance. We also help people understand the issues around immigration and raise funds for our projects.

Myth Busters World Cafe

Saturday 22 June 2024, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre - Room 1, The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, Bristo Square 1, EH8 9AL, Edinburgh

This event is a part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

A space for knowledge sharing and idea exploration, with tea, biscuits and music provided!

Our theme: Myth busting old and current narratives on asylum seekers and refugees, while shining light on under-recognised stories, perceptions and ambitions, as well as ideas on how to make ‘asylum politics’ more humane. Watch your thoughts and ideas then be transformed into a visual piece of art.

Welcoming all who have a story to tell, ideas to share, or simply want to listen and engage.

Find out more about the Myth Busters World Cafe

Southside Festival: a celebration of our multicultural connections 

Sunday 23 June 2024, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Holyrood campus, 41 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8FF 

Hosted by the Centre for Open Learning / University of Edinburgh.

A family friendly celebration of our neighbourhood multicultural roots and connections.

We welcome, both new and old Scots, to the Holyrood Campus in Edinburgh.

We will all share and partake in food from different cultures, supplied in part by local businesses. We will also have a chance to listen to a range of musical acts, some performed by refugees and some by local established musicians. 

Visit the Centre for Open Learning website

Connected Communities

Sunday 23 June 2024, 12:00 - 3:00pm

Holyrood Campus, 41 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8FF

This event is a part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Our neighbourhood in Edinburgh has been welcoming people from all over the world for over a century. Join us to celebrate this tradition and share in live music and delicious food from various cultures.

Everyone is welcome to the Holyrood Campus on the 23rd June between 12-3pm.

We would love for Scots both old and new, visitors, children, community members, and basically anyone who is up for celebrating our home together to come and join us.

Music will include Duo Hyperborea, Maimouna Ly and more. Food will be provided by local restaurants. Feel free to come along, have fun and share!

Find out more about Connected Communities

Simple Acts

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Refugee Week's Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities.

  • Watch a film
  • Listen and share
  • Read a book
  • Send a message
  • Have a chat
  • Share a dish
  • Walk together
  • Grow your compassion
  • Use your platform
  • Join the movement

Simple Acts - Refugee Week website

Discover more

Explore remarkable narratives from our faculty, students, and graduates, and discover our online events and resources showcasing our engagement in Refugee Week throughout past years:

Refugee Week at the University of Edinburgh

Refugee Week has evolved into an international movement, with events spanning the globe:

Visit the Refugee Week website