Refugee Festival Scotland 2017

We are excited to be part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2017!

This year’s Festival runs from 20 June to 2 July and offers art, music, theatre, food and drink and community and family events all around the country.

The Welcoming is offering a special edition of Arabic Cafe on Monday 26 June. This is a chance to visit the Welcoming, meet people from around the world, connect with Arabic culture and celebrate the contribution of newcomers to Scotland.

Arabic Cafe poster

We are also partnering with Edinburgh City of Sanctuary, Re-Act, Refugee Action Scotland and Ceilidh Collective to host ‘Ceilidh Connections: celebrating Edinburgh as a welcoming city‘. We are looking forward to a fantastic evening of dancing, music and food to celebrate the many people, places, initiatives and organisations that make Edinburgh a welcoming city for people seeking sanctuary. Hope to see you there!

Wed 28 June – Arthur’s Seat

Join us on a walk up to the top of Edinburgh’s highest hill: Arthur’s Seat



Meeting Point: Meet at The Welcoming office at 3pm or at 3:45pm outside the front doors of The Royal Commonwealth Pool at 21 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5BB

Please note: If it’s bad weather check the website or Whatsapp for details of an alternative trip.

Wed 21 June – Seafield Recycling Centre

Scotland for Newcomers are teaming up with Welcoming a Warmer Home for a visit to Seafield Community Recycling Centre this week.

Join us for a guided tour and talk at this fascinating local facility. We will find out how the recycling system works in Edinburgh and what we can do to help.




Please note we will be meeting earlier than normal!

Meeting point: 1.45pm at The Welcoming, or 3pm at Seafield Recycling Centre, EH7 6RD