Manchester Refugee Week Events

You, me and those who came before

The Whitworth Takeover

12pm-8pm Thursday 20 June

12pm–2pm Fabric of Our Lives – Workshop

As part of Matilda Velevitch’s Three Mothers play tour , Art Refuge UK, will run a workshop for women who are invited to bring a piece of fabric that she feels connects to a story from “Home”. Home can be a place, a feeling, a meal, music, sounds, smells or a person.  With the help of experienced facilitators, we will assist the participants in telling, describing this tale. With permission, the stories will be recorded, and photographer, Maria Sol Aizcorbe will create a visual documentary. The pieces of fabric will be sewn together to make a patchwork of stories that will be displayed as Fabric of Our Lives at the Museum of Migration.

Join us at the Whitworth as Journeys once again takes over for a special Refugee Week Thursday Late with activity happening throughout the day.

6pm8pm The Whitworth Lates Takeover

This year we have been working with Revive Women’s Group and artist Ibukun Baldwin to create 4 large banners that communicate messages from the heart of the group.  The group brings women together for mutual support and cultural sharing to reduce the risk of destitution and loneliness. It offers confidence building for integration into the new UK community. It offers a safe and friendly environment to meet, share experiences, socialise and learn new craft skills. The four banners will be on public display for the first time and members of the group will talk about their significance. It is important to share these stories and experiences from voices that are not often heard in public events such as this.

The evening will conclude with a global musical journey courtesy of the incredible Manchester International Roots Orchestra. This unique ensemble of musicians with roots from across the world, skilfully combines diverse musical influences from haunting Eastern European melodies, to the delicate textures of Middle Eastern percussion and vocals; through to soulful Sufi chants of South Asia, joyful African gospel – embracing rap, hip-hop, classical and jazz along the way.

There will also be stalls raising awareness from our partner organisations and Whitworth Young Contemporaries.

2:30pm–3:30pm Short Film/Talk Edith Goldenhar, Return to Calais

In May 1940, Paulette, a Belgian teenager, fled the Nazi invasion with her family and joined thousands of refugees on the roads of northern France. After Paulette’s death in 2016 In New York City, her daughter Edith finds her wartime journals. She makes a pilgrimage to Calais, over 75 years later, to honour the woman who sheltered Paulette and her family during the wartime bombings. That same humanitarian spirit is alive today, she discovers, in the volunteers in Calais and their efforts on behalf of refugees.






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