The event had two parts: a daytime gathering to discuss how faith communities can best welcome and support refugees in Scotland, and a social event in the evening involving a ceilidh and cultural exchange through music and dance. The Weekend Club staff team and four volunteers attended the daytime gathering, which involved listening to speakers, participating in workshops, having collaborative conversations, and making connections with potential Weekend Club participants, people in other organisations, and faith communities. Three of the volunteers who were present are currently in the asylum process so were able to speak from their own lived experience throughout the event, which was a hugely valuable perspective to have in their room.
In the evening, six more volunteers and a big group of Weekend Club participants joined us to learn some ceilidh dances and share music and dance from their own countries, including some amazing impromptu performances. The children participated in a competition to draw the best Interfaith Glasgow logo (with prizes for our favourites!) and we all shared a delicious meal. What a way to kick off Refugee Festival Scotland 2022!