The unique contributions of Edinburgh’s refugee and migrant communities will be celebrated in an exciting evening of music, art and discussion this St Andrews Day. The fundraising event – Nov 29 7.30-9 pm – will be co-hosted by Edinburgh-based charity The Welcoming and St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, with performances from The Welcoming Choir and a number of special guests.

Set against the grand surroundings of St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, the evening will feature a special performance from The Welcoming Choir, a panel discussion on life as a ‘new Scot’ and a never before seen photography exhibition featuring images from newly welcomed Edinburgh citizens.

The fundraiser will also see musical contributions from ex-Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona and the Chilean peace activist Carlos Arredondo. Along with the performances, the evening will include a raffle and a range of refreshments, including Syrian sweets and savoury snacks.

Andrew Dickie, organiser of the Welcoming Choir commented: “We are incredibly fortunate to have a growing community of inspiring new Scots in Edinburgh. Our fundraiser not only provides the perfect platform for new Scots to showcase their talents, it also gives everyone who has reserved a ticket the opportunity to celebrate their contributions and learn from their experiences as newcomers to Edinburgh. Join us on Wednesday 29 November 2017 and be a part of the celebrations.”

To reserve a space, visit the Eventbrite page or pay on the door. The event works on a pay what you can basis, with a standard ticket priced at £10, concessions (eg student, unemployed, OAP) costing £5, £1 for Welcoming participants and under 18s go free.

All donations are welcome.

Featured image: Courtesy of Andy Catlin under (CC-BY-SA 4.0)