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Journeys Festival International curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists exploring the refugee experience and global cultures through artistic and creative encounters.

For 2021, the three festivals will occur in three cities across the UK at the same time!


Touring work, large-scale exhibitions, new commissions, performances, workshops and digital projects will be available for you to enjoy in the Midlands, the North and the South of the country from 15 - 24 October 2021.


Read more below about some of this year's festival.


Where There is Light by Squidsoup

Where There is Light is an immersive sound and light installation by award-winning Squidsoup, with a soundscape co-created by sanctuary seekers in Leicester, Portsmouth, Coventry and Hull.

More information about the project and artists:

Where There Is Light in Gloucester Cathedral

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Wonderland by Mohammad Barrangi

An outdoor exhibition by internationally renowned artist Mohammad Barrangi. Using Persian calligraphy and handdrawn illustration, Wonderland explores cultural identity, immigration and tells Mohammad’s story of seeking asylum in the UK. 

More information about the project and artists:

Mohammad Barrangi


Bloodland Embrace by Invisible Flock and Majid Adin

Newly commissioned animation Bloodland Embrace explores pan-European friendship and collaboration and the shared experience of the refugee situation in Europe. Led by animator Majid Adin in collaboration with Kalico Collective and interactive arts studio Invisible Flock.

More information about the project and artists:

Majid Adin


Reckoning by Akeim Toussaint Buck

Reckoning is a short film and performance piece created by Choreographer and Storyteller Akeim Toussaint Buck, Filmmaker Ashley Karrell, Animator Benedetta Fasson and Writer mandla rae. Reckoning is a film and live performance that blends contemporary dance, spoken word and digital animation to create a spellbinding experience which will be performed in each of the three cities throughout the festival.

You can watch the trailer here.


Global Kitchen

For the first time, Global Kitchen will take over professional kitchens in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth in 2021. Working with our wonderful sanctuary seeking chefs along with some of our favourite local restaurants, we’ll create a Global Kitchen menu that will bring culinary treats from around the world to a supper club near you. Tickets will be available to purchase in advance, so keep an eye on our social media and website for announcements. Global Kitchen also has a Recipe Book that you can buy and go on culinary world travels in your own kitchen at home.

You can get your own Global Kitchen Recipe Book:

Etsy Shop

Harriman & Co

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Look Up by Various Artists

Each year the festival commissions new artists to create large-scale outdoor exhibitions placed on key buildings and city centre street furniture.

For 2021, we're excited to work with Bahzad Sulaiman, Rita Adib, Parham Ghalamdar and Ally Zlatar, who will participate in a cross-European residency with mentors Rachel Dobbs and Adam Broomberg to create collaborative installations that will be seen far and wide across each city.

Read more about Look Up 2021 here: Look Up


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