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Stories of Belonging

29th June, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stories of Belonging Hopscotch. Credit: Paria Goodarzi
Stories of Belonging Hopscotch. Credit: Paria Goodarzi
Stories of Belonging Hopscotch. Credit: Paria Goodarzi

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” – Maya Angelou

Stories of Belonging, Saturday 29th June, 1pm to 3pm

Join us to celebrate Refugee Festival Scotland with an afternoon of spoken word and performances by local refugee groups on the theme of Belonging.

Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter, feeling that you belong is the most important value in life.

This event inspired by Glasgow based artist Paria Goodarzi’s research and public art project ‘Under the Town’s Skin” responds to the issues of migration, refugees and the sense of belonging. It focuses on the experience of moving to a new country and finding a balance between adapting a new culture, in the concepts of community.

The game (hop scotch) is a representation of one we played during our childhood – it was a test of our ability, accuracy and keeping our balance.  At the event we will play the game again but this time in a different time in our lives. By recalling our memories, we are still struggling for stability, passing the borders and trying to keep our balance.

Join us at Glasgow Women’s Library for an afternoon of spoken word and conversations about how the community could help to create a sense of belonging. Paria will also facilitate the screen print workshop inviting participants to share messages of belonging with people who are trying to find their balance in a new society.

Tasty refreshment will be served. More information about Paria’s work can be found on the following links:






This event is free and open to all. Please book below or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.


Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.


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29th June, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267