• Jun2019

    We are delighted to announce that we have TWO winners of the first Ellie Maxwell Award Pauline Libsovar and Maisie Palmer.  Pauline represents Colours Edinburgh who have created a platform Scotland’s newcomers seeking refuge to share their stories through immersive art, research, and digital media.  Maisie co-founded mxogyny a platform which hopes to connect stories from...

  • May2019

    Latest Newsletter

    May 23, 2019

    Please click here to view our latest newsletter, which includes information on the Firefly at 20 celebrations, the Ellie Maxwell Award and latest updates from our projects.

  • This video shows Syrian young people at our centre working with Turkish engineering students on a robot making project.

  • Apr2019

    Congratulations to Svitac (Firefly in Bosnia) for their 20th anniversary. This wonderful film made by a current volunteer, Florian, shows the wonderful work which Svitac does every day to promote tolerance and give young people life-changing opportunities.   

  • Some images of the mesmerising light display kindly donated by Bruce Munro as part of the celebration of 20 years of Firefly International. The display was held in the Old College Quad from the 25th to the 29th of March.  British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale...

  • Mar2019

    To mark the 20thanniversary of Firefly International Ellie’s family and friends are sponsoring the Ellie Maxwell Award through the University of Edinburgh.  The Award The Ellie Maxwell Award aims to encourage and support an Edinburgh-based student or group of students who have helped promote social change and inclusivity with their project. Ellie Maxwell’s work started...

  • February Antakya Trip

    March 1, 2019

    Diana McMicking and Maria Chambers visited the Firefly for Syrians centre in Antakya in February. The team there are working very hard to boost learning opportunities for Syrian refugees using a creative approach to maths and science activities. They have been very successful and the numbers of children using the...

  • Dec2018

    Winter 2018 Newsletter

    December 13, 2018

    Please click here to view our Winter 2018 Newsletter, including updates on Firefly’s work in Syria and Bosnia, and a Save the Date for an upcoming event! 

  • Thank you to Jeremy Irons for kindly recording this short video message which was played at the Firefly Gala. 

  • Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Firefly Gala at St. Paul’s Church last week. With your generous support we have raised more than £22,000. Huge thanks to our performers Neil Stuke, Pandora Colin, Patrick Terry, Rihab Azar, Project Coast, Kenza Stamselberg, Nick Edward Harris and Josh Vivian,...

  • Nov2018

    On the 20th November 2018, Firefly International will hold its 5th annual fundraiser at the Actors Church, Covent Garden.  This is a film of our centre in Antakya, Turkey. These Syrian refugee children are in an Arabic literacy class. Please help us to meet the huge demand for our programmes...

  • It’s less than a month to go before the Firefly International Gala on Tuesday 20th November and our silent auction is now live! We have some fantastic prizes: jewellery from Coco & Kinney, a signed cookbook from the River Café’s Joe Trivelli, a week in a luxury house in Italy, or South France or a cosy...

  • Oct2018

    Emily Keen, a young professional documentary maker, volunteered to travel to Bosnia and make this film for us this summer. She has captured the importance of Svitac’s work in Bosnia brilliantly and why we need to continue to support and enable this work to continue in these difficult times. 

  • The education centre in Antakya has seen some exciting progress in the last few months. Thanks to the staff developing strong and effective education programmes, more children have been attending courses and re-engaging with education. The recently introduced online teacher training courses mean that the summer programme reached over 800...

  • Sep2018

    Art4Space UK, Svitac (Firefly) and Firefly International came together in 2013 to create a mosaic logo for the Youth Centre. Thanks to Firefly International, they have been able to come together to create another work of art. The project, initially funded by the Edith M Ellis Trust, was matched in funds...