Song, St Andrew, Syria and Saltires this weekend

A celebration of kindness, compassion and caring across cultures is to be held in Dumfries on St Andrew’s Day.

Song, St Andrew, Syria and Saltires will take place at Dumfries YMCA on Lochside Road on Saturday November 30 from 7pm – free entry.

It is being held by local charity Massive Outpouring of Love with funding support from BEMIS, the national ethnic minorities led umbrella body supporting the development of the ethnic minorities voluntary sector in Scotland.

The event is part of the wider St Andrew’s Day celebrations and St Andrew’s Fair Saturday across Scotland.

There will be a blend of songs sung by the newly rebooted Moving Stories Global Community Choir, led by Kate Howard, – including the world premiere of an especially commissioned song Begin With A Grin, composed by Lucy Renwick. The choir will also perform songs from around the world, including in Syrian and Gaelic – with the opportunity for attendees to also take part.

Local author Renita Boyle will be sharing some stories, as will some of friends who have recently made Scotland their home, with the emphasis on kindness, the importance of welcoming, and compassion; all in the spirit of St Andrew and his famed actions.

Guests have the option to bring a dish to share, so this will be the perfect opportunity to taste some delicious Syrian fayre and dishes from across the globe. If able to bring a culinary contribution, please make sure to bring a note of all the ingredients in case of allergies and dietary restrictions. No alcohol, please.

The event is free, family friendly, and open to all ages. The venue is accessible and has adult changing facilities.

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