Our Work

‘I’m grateful to get such an amazing opportunity for going out to UK, as it will be my first time going out of the country, this means a lot to me. BE United made my dreams come true, I don’t know how I can thank Emma hopefully god will bless her with whatever she wants because she doesn’t get paid but she’s passionate about this.’ 

– Busani Mghobozi

Nations United  – Saturday 4th May 2019

Free Event
St Brides Centre, Saturday 4th May, 12 – 7pm

A cultural journey in the heart of Edinburgh from Scotland to Ghana, Ecuador & Greece!

Nations United is Edinburgh’s multicultural festival, facilitating the sharing of experiences and outlooks, encouraging a deeper understanding of the diverse communities that make up our city, and celebrating cultural unity in Scotland.

We have a full day of activities and creativity for all ages:

  • Discover the world of Ecuadorian chocolate with Pacari: Premium Organic Chocolate
  • Creative Writing workshop with Hannah Lavery & the Scottish Poetry Library
  • Learn rhythms and dances from Greece with Baharat Collective & Edinburgh Greek Dance Group
  • Get inspired by Scotland’s poets in an intimate sharing session
  • Feel the Ghanaian beats with Adie Baako
  • Wee Dance Off and activities for kids with Afrika Maua
  • Multicultural market with crafts and food
  • Explore new perspectives of Scotland through ELREC ‘s exhibition ‘Routes to Roots’

Nations United is the platform gathering all multicultural communities in Edinburgh to inspire passion and pride in the countries of origin and what each has to offer whilst encouraging mutual respect and learning about other people and cultures.

Join us for a day of exchange and celebration!

For more information and to be part of Nations United please get in touch with events@be-united.org.uk
Secure your place at workshops booking tickets HERE
Register for a stall at our multicultural market HERE

Edinburgh Festival Carnival 2019

The eighth edition of the Edinburgh Festival Carnival will be like no year past, a dazzling spectacle under the castle and venturing out of the city centre, bring you Edinburgh Festival Carnival Re:freshed!

Full program to be announced soon.


The Edinburgh Festival Carnival is produced by Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in association with BE United.


The event is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.

‘The whole world in one city’

Afro Kulture Day  – 23rd March

Free Event
St Brides Centre, Saturday 23 March, 11.30-5pm.

Colleen’s Kulture Kitchen + Dancehall with Divine + Africa In Motion Films + Miriam Makeba Tribute with Cynthia Gentle + Black History in Edinburgh + Craft and African Business Markets + Kids Area + Wee Afrobeat Dance Off

Dancehall Workshops £6 tickets above

St Brides transformed into an African cultural centre for a day. The café run by Colleen Sue Macauley is bursting with flavours: the most authentic African dishes of soups, chicken, rice, sides of beef pies, puff puffs, plantain… and of course the infamous hot and spicy pepper soup,chicken suya,and flavored jollof rice ..”YOU DON’T KNOW IT TILL YOU TASTE IT”.

Throughout the day there are music and dance performances; Dancehall workshops with the brilliant Divine Amy Tasinda; short films presented by the Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival; Lisa Williams talking about Black History in Edinburgh; African Business Market stalls with crafts, fashion, hairdressing,kids Wee Afrobeat Dance off with Africa Awa and much more…all ages welcome, and all free entry ( except for Davina’s fantastic dancehall workshop– bargain at £6).

If you would like to book your market stall at this fantastic event contact areeva@be-united.org.uk

Food served between 1pm – 4pm


Afro Live – 23rd March

£10 + BF
St Brides Centre, Saturday 23 March, 8.30pm, 18+


We’re in Downtown Lagos, at the coolest place in town. The SugarHill Edinburgh team have sent over their best selectors and mix masters, legendary for dance floor filling great music, from Afrobeat, soul, and r’n’b, to classic hip hop. Samedia Shebeen are coming over too, with their super-hip tropical soundtrack of old and new African sounds, and some spice from the Caribbean and beyond.

Then live on stage, the best Afrobeat band in Scotland, Ramuyapiko, with their infectious mix of Afrobeat shot with reggae, hip hop and soul. Muya and DJ Ramsy have a strong message: unity, solidarity and brotherhood.

Plus delicious home cooked food from Colleens Kulture Kitchen including her famous pepper soup.

You don’t know it till you taste it!!
Food Served 8.30pm – 9.30pm.


This event is produced in association with Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

CPD & Volunteering

At BE United we are committed to individual and our organisational growth. We believe training and continuing professional development (CPD) creates experienced professionals, who are better equipped to conceive and develop great ideas. We want to provide the perfect environment to give you the opportunity to “BE a better you!”.


For more information about all our opportunities visit our vacancies page.

We look forward to having you join our fantastic CPD program and watching you ‘’BE the best you.’

Mia & Trinity – BE United Youth

Following a visit to Trinity House Maritime Museum with her primary school, 11-year-old Esther Goliath was inspired to write a book about the experience. The result of a creative and mentoring process hand in hand with BE United is the children’s book ‘Mia and Trinity’.

The book is not only an example of Esther’s creative drive and talent, but also a tool for kids to connect with local history and heritage. Written in collaboration and with the support of Trinity House, ‘Mia & Trinity’ highlights some of the artifacts of the museum, connecting Leith’s history with its future through children’s creativity. The project from start to finish is a beautiful example of synergy between formal education, cultural participation and community engagement, were each actor had a key role in facilitating the development of Esther and nurturing her talent.

As part of ‘Mia & Trinity’ book project, 2019 will see Esther in a small book tour visiting schools and youth groups to talk about the inspiration behind her book and how she pursued it from idea to actually writing the book.

The aim of the project is to publish the wonderful book written for young people by young people and to engage with other young artists, encouraging them to follow their creative passions.

‘Investing in the next generation to the best, they will take care of rest’

‘When will we look past our differences and see each other as equals, humans living our lives. My hope is BE United will play a major part in unifying the world.’ 

-Emma Picken – Co-Founder BE United