Events 2020 (Completed)

World Interfaith Harmony Week

In 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated as a part of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Stand Together: National Holocaust Memorial Event for Scotland

Date: 27th January 2020

Venue: Scottish Parliament Garden Lobby

Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm. Invitation only

On 27th January each year Scotland holds an event to honour the memory of those who suffered and perished under the Nazi persecutions during World War II, and subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia.

‘Unforgotten’ Concert

Date: 28th January 2020

Venue: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Time: 7pm

Free and public event.


Tackling Hate Together Dialogue Event

Date: 29th January 2020

Venue: Scottish Jewish Archive Centre

Time: 6 – 8pm

Free and public event.


‘We will not be prisoners of hate’

Date: 3rd February 2020

Venue: Barlinnie Prison

Time: 10am – 4pm

Free event for faith representatives and prisoners.


The Great Get Together

On 19 June for the Great Get Together 2020 Interfaith Scotland focused on tackling racism and standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The guest speaker was Marie James, a producer and writer of Jamaican heritage who was born, raised and continues to live in the UK.  She received the London Lord Mayors Award for her contribution to culture and was recognised as one of the 100 most influential Black Londoners. Marie has extensive experience producing video, social media and online content for broadcasters including Channel 4.


Online Engagement 

Interfaith Scotland in partnership with Remembering Srebrenica Scotland organised an online engagement event for the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide on 8 July at pm . Guest speaker, survivor and acclaimed author, Hasan Hasanovic spoke about his personal experience during the Genocide and answered some questions. Cabinet Secretary Ms.Aileen Campbell MSP representing the Scottish Government spoke about challenging hate crimes.

Hasan was 19 when the town of Srebrenica fell to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. He endured a 100 kilometre march through hostile terrain to escape the massacre that took the lives of around 8000 Muslim men and boys, including his brother and father.
‘I want to speak to people, and share my story because my heart speaks.  And now, finally someone is listening’

Online Interfaith Dialogue for Earth Day 2020

22nd April, 10.30 – 11.30am

Reflecting on our faith-based responses to the environment and the climate actions we can take. Check out our  resources on faith and the environment below.

World Faiths and the Environment

Faith quote cards on the environment

Faith and the Environment Online Resources


Women’s Dialogue

We host regular dialogue events for women across Scotland including dialogue teas, retreats and events during Refugee Festival.

14th May, 7pm

Interfaith Service for the Well-being of Humanity during COVID-19

Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network in partnership with Interfaith Scotland held an interfaith service of prayer and reflection for the health and well-being of humanity. The service consisted of short readings from women of different faiths and beliefs culminating in 2 minutes of silent prayer/reflection for the health and well-being of humanity and remembering those who have passed on.

21st May, 3pm

Women and Leadership Workshop with Professor Susan Madsen

This workshop for women of all faiths and beliefs focussed on developing women’s leadership through strengthening identity, purpose and calling.


Young People

We organise events for young people including retreats, conferences and away days. We also run ‘interfaith days’ in schools where our volunteers speak about their faith with school pupils of all ages.

Online Dialogue for Young People

26th April, 2 – 2.45pm

This event provided an opportunity for young people to share their experiences of lockdown and faith responses to the crisis.

Interfaith Insights Youth engagement
18 August 2020: 1 pm

Edinburgh Interfaith Association, Edinburgh Co-Existence Initiative and Interfaith Scotland collaborated on a youth event held on 18th of August at 1 pm.  Please visit this link to view the event recording.

Meetings for local interfaith groups and faith communities

 Online Dialogue for Faith Communities

14th April, 10.30 – 11.30am

An opportunity to share experiences with faith communities across Scotland in response to Covid-19.

Online Dialogue for Local Interfaith Groups

15th April, 10am – 11am

An opportunity to share experiences with other local interfaith groups in Scotland in response to Covid-19.

Online Dialogue for Faith Communities and Local Interfaith Groups

27th April, 11am – 12pm

A session sharing information about the Scottish Government’s funding for Covid-19 relief.

18th May, 10.30am – 11.30am

A session sharing updates from the various faith communities and local interfaith groups.

1st June, 2.30 – 3.30pm

A session sharing updates from the various faith communities and local interfaith groups.

4th August, 10.30 – 12pm

A session sharing updates and discussing ‘Building Back Better’.