The Incomers Film Festival

This year Dumfries and Galloway has really excelled itself to mark Refugee Week’s 20th Anniversary, many different groups have joined forces, and there are a number of high calibre events happening across the region.

One such event is The Incomers Film Festival, which showcases human stories of migration across a range of film genres.

It’s a free, four-day festival which will offer up a wide array of refugee and migrant experiences through the medium of cinema. Screenings will be followed by free refreshments and panel discussions with filmmakers and local migrants.

The films being shown are:

Dirty Pretty Things (2003) and A Journey through River Vitasta (2012)
Glasgow Girls (2014) and Rain is Beautiful (2012)
Once (2007) and Home (2016)
Persepolis (2007) and Supporting Syrians Across Borders (2017)
Calais Children: A Case to Answer (2017) and At Home in the World (2015)
An American Tail (1986)
District 9 (2009) and The New Colossus (2017)

All tickets are FREE to make sure this festival is truly open to anyone who wants to come. There’s even assistance with transport and childcare to help if those things would make it difficult to attend.  Please spread the word and email any queries you may have to

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More information can be found here.

Moving Stories is Moving Fast!

Moving Stories is certainly picking up pace! We are a few weeks (well, a few Monday evenings!) into rehearsal now and it’s sounding amazing thanks to the dedication of the choir and the genius of Lucy Renwick and Kate Howard.

We’ve had photo shoots, more interviews, meetings round kitchen tables, late nights, tears, a few moments of sheer magic which have reminded us just why we do things like this again, and so much support from across the region – and for all of it we are truly grateful.

We also have a shiny new poster – look! Designed by the fabulous Ellen at EM Designs.

All we need now is you guys to spread the word and come along! Flyers will be available if you’d be so kind as to distribute them far and wide. We can post them out to you or we might be able to arrange to give them to you if you’ll be anywhere near a choir member.

It’s all very exciting!

Performances are:

Tuesday 19th June at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries. 7.30pm

Friday 22nd June at The Print Room, Wigtown. 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd June as part of the Soul of WoMan Conference at Allanton Peace Sanctuary approx 1.30pm (Please note this performance is for conference ticket holders only.)

Saturday 23rd June at Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur Camphill Community. 7.30pm

8th July at Lochside Gala (time tbc)

Please contact venues directly for tickets and prices.

It’s important to us that cost is not a barrier so we have set aside a few tickets for those who need them. Please contact in confidence if this would help, and we’ll arrange for you to collect them at the door. No one need know. 

There are lots more events happening during Refugee Week across the region. Keep your eye out for more details coming soon!

Help Wanted!

MOOLigan’s Assemble!

Are you a host with the most? Yes?! Then your super skillz are needed this Saturday 10:15am until 4:30pm at our Irish Street offices.

You’d be helping meet and greet participants in our Moving Stories project and make them feel welcomed as they arrive for their photo shoot and audio interview with Kim Ayres Photography and our very own Jay.

Could you help? There’ll be a constant stream of tea and biscuits and never-ending love for the successful candidate! Please message us or leave a comment if you can help. Thanks!

What a Day!

We had an amazing first rehearsal workshop day at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries on Saturday. So many wonderful people attended, sang their hearts and brought wonderful grub to share and fuel out shenanigans! The Moving Stories Community Choir certainly had a beautiful birth.

Huge thanks to Kate Howard, Lucy Renwick and everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

We will be rehearsing every Monday evening now (7.15 for prompt 7.30 start) at Lochside Community Centre, so it’s not too late to join. Here’s a link to a map so you can find it without fluster! See you there!,+Rankine+Ave,+Dumfries+DG2+9NS/@55.0813862,-3.6396084,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4862ca005431b161:0xd61abd342459fab1

Tickets are now on sale via the Theatre Box Office or this link:

so please tell your friends, buy lots and come and share in a magical, emotive and emotional experience which explores the human beings and the stories they carry that is often hidden behind the word ‘migration’.

For more information please contact MOOL or find us on Facebook. 

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Urgent request! Could any of ourwonderful musician friends (or know of anyone who can) transcribe a couple of songs to dots ASAP? It would be hugely appreciated and we’ll pay you in endless love and cake! It’s for MOOL’s Moving Stories Community Choir rehearsal which is on Saturday. 💖

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Exciting times!

Hello! We are looking for people to form the MOVING STORIES COMMUNITY CHOIR!

The lovely (and extremely talented) Lucy Renwick is writing some music as part of our Moving Stories Project in collaboration with MOOL, our founder Moxie, and photographer Kim Ayres.

We’re creating an exhibition and community choir performance for Refugee week 18-24th June, with the focus on promoting diversity, inclusion and friendship between cultures. It’s going to be a lovely thing, with some beautiful images and sounds. Please come and be a part of it!

If you’re interested in doing some singing, please get in touch.


The lovely Kate Howard, director supreme of Cairn Chorus will be on hand to lead the way. Just enthusiasm, an open mind and an open mouth required!

You can find out more and register your interest via email or our Facebook page:

Help Us Warm The Hoose!

We are delighted to announce that we are moving some of our operations into a beautiful office space in the heart of town. This will enable us to offer more workshops, gatherings and classes in a better suited environment. It’s been a long, hard struggle to find something in town for us to call home, but it’s sure to be worth it and we’re over the moon.

The Depot will still be in action for the collection, distribution, sorting and packing of donations, but meetings etc will now be held at our new HQ.

To celebrate, we are holding a Hoose Warming drop in on Monday 12th March between 11am and 1pm. We’d love you to stop by and help us launch with love and laughter.

We’ll be working on growing our Unity Banner, catching up with old friends and welcoming new. It would be wonderful if you could join us as we venture into this exciting new phase.

There will be refreshments and a vegetarian buffet, but please feel free (but not obliged!) to bring something to share.

Please note that, unfortunately, the new office is up two flights of stairs and so is not accessible by wheelchair, pushchair or for those who have difficulty walking. This will be taken into account when planning future events though, and we will aim to be as accommodating as possible to enable full participation.

This event is free.

The depot will be closed on Monday 12th to ensure everyone can attend.

To find out more visit email or phone/text 07497 080 557

Chris with MOOL Volunteer, Mel, and Treasurer, Jay.

We had a lovely visit at the Depot from Humanist Celebrant Chris Simm on Monday; who came bearing gifts in the form of an incredible financial donation. Of their visit, Chris said:

“As Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants, we donate 10% of our earnings to the charities we support. It was a massive honour for me to deliver a cheque to a deserving local charity this morning and to see just how far they’ve come! We’re delighted to support the great work being carried out by their dedicated and caring Volunteers.”

We’re very grateful to the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants for their support, and for the continued support of Chris who has been lending a helping hand since MOOL began! A huge thank you to you from the MOOL Crew!

You can contact Chris for all enquiries relating to your celebrant needs here: Happy Humanist Celebrations

Thanks again, love really does make the world a better place!