Journeys Festival International Manchester

4 - 13 October 2019

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A unique exploration of masculinity and forced migration. Powerful, funny, resistant and revealing.

Full details: Pizza Shop Heroes

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Angels is a series of video portraits projected around the city, talking to us, by surprise, in the most unexpected places.

Full details: Angels


For nine days, people in Manchester will be able to connect with people indefinitely detained in UK immigration removal centres via the phone box sculpture.

Full details: The Channel

 This Garden of Ours explores stories and links between the migration of plants and humans across the planet.

Full details: This Garden of Ours

 Join artist, Jessica El Mal, to explore themes from The Portico Library’s exhibition Second Nature, which considers how our concept of ‘nature’ influences our psychological and political relationships with the environment.

Full details: Common Daises

Using visual art, textile art, dance and movement, Dance  Away The Spiders creates a liberating performance for both participants and audience members to enjoy. 

Full details: Dance Away The Spiders

A new artwork by Mei Yuk Wong shares the hidden voice of refugees in history and offers us the chance to consider their stories in relation to experiences today. 

Full details: Reckoning with Refugeedom

Poet Mandla Rae invites people from an asylum-seeking background to write and perform Letters to our Mothers and Fathers, to explore the ways we interact with our families.  

Full details: Letters To Our Mothers and Fathers

Women’s Unity Choir, is a unique collaboration between The University of Manchester music department and music society, Olympias Music Foundation’s Women’s Voices Choir and

Amani Community Choir led by Amani Creatives. 

Full details: Women's Unity Choir

Putting culture at the heart of the community. A gloriously creative day packed with arts and science activities for all. Featuring creative arts workshops at libraries across the city.

Full details: Fun Palaces

We are proud to support Manchester Libraries in their journey to achieve Sanctuary Awards that recognise them as places of welcome. Join in our creative workshops and storytelling sessions.

Full details: Libraries of Sanctuary

A trilogy of comics based on testimonies taken from Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Scandinavia in July 2015. The three Syrians in the story (names changed for their protection) have now thankfully been given asylum.

Full details: A Perilous Journey

This comic illustrates the journey of Merha, who escapes the extreme hardship of conscription in Eritrea and crosses Africa and Europe to reach safety in the UK.

Full details: Fleeing into the Unknown

Join us for a conversation led by

a group of teachers following on from Tanya Brugeura’s School of Integration, exploring the history of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Full details: Tea and Coffee Drinking

A platform to understand why people engage in refugee work, what specific areas they’ve addressed, the challenges they encounter, but importantly, what keeps them going.

Full details: Helping Refugees

 Three Iranian artists who now call Manchester home have been invited to present their work and research to give an insight into how the 1979 revolution has changed the way art is made and presented in Iran. 

Full details: Protest Art and Culture


Sanctuary Football Supporters Club will work with grassroots refugee football projects and

local clubs. Come along and

find out more about this project from Freedom Matters FC,

Football Supporters Association and MRSN’s Refugee World Cup. 

Full details: Helping Refugees

Journeys Live is a day of free, live entertainment celebrating talented artists from around the world, who now call Manchester home. Featuring a truly global line-up of live music, spoken word, performance, dance and food from emerging or established artists and community groups. 

Full details: Journeys Live

An opportunity to hear some of the insights from ArtReach’s research work with Curious Minds about how creative and cultural education can support child refugees as they settle in new communities through taking part in creative activities.

Full details: Curious About...

Join us in the Learning Studio to learn about Ebru, the traditional Turkish art of marbling and make your own art piece in response to your favourite works in the show. 

Full details: Ebru Marbling 

Come visit one of Manchester’s newest visual art spaces – home to 15 artists working in a variety of disciplines (painting, sculpture, jewellery, poetry, creative writing, filmmaking, photography, music, textiles and mixed media).

Full details: Open Studios

Parham Ghalamdar is a former member of ELF crew, which was one of the first graffiti collectives to emerge in the Middle East 15 years ago.

Full details: Graffiti and Protest in Iran


Acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut has devised a very special concert that she is performing across the UK to raise awareness of refugee needs.

Full details: Far From the Home I Love

Rethink Rebuild Society present Celebrating Syria:
A Festival of Arts and Culture, for the third year running.

Full details: Celebrating Syria






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