Journeys Festival International is set to take over Manchester Museum in a family friendly day of artistic activity, celebrating the talent from the local and international refugee and asylum seeker communities. Join us as #JourneysFest takes over this magical space at Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester. Activities include music, entertainment, pop-up theatre performances, Conversation Corner, digital kite flying and more... EXPLORING CULTURES: OBJECTS AND ARTEFACTS 11AM - 4PM For the #JourneysFest Takeover, Manchester Museum will showcase some of the work by the University of Manchester's Division of Psychology and Mental Health. The department have been working with th

MANCHESTER: They Will Have To Kill Us First

THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE NEXUS ART CAFE, 2 DALE STREET, MANCHESTER M1 1JW SUN 2 OCTOBER FREE - 6PM "ESSENTIAL VIEWING" Dazed and Confused They Will Have to Kill Us First is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communications in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremist groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali's musicians fought back. With a specially commissioned score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeah's) and a soundtrack from some of Mali'

PORTSMOUTH: The Container Project

As part of Journeys Festival International Portsmouth (10 - 22 October) a shipping container will be transformed into an innovative project space. The Container will be in situ in the Eldon Building Courtyard thanks to our friends at The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, The University of Portsmouth. Symbolic of export and transference, the container will host a variety of projects, exhibitions and FREE events including; THE WELL-COME PROJECT MON 10 - SAT 15 OCTOBER Working alongside local urban artist M-One and Portsmouth's leading contemporary gallery Aspex, ten young artists from the local refugee and asylum seeker community will explore their creative talents in a series of ar


Portsmouth will host a wide range of innovative and entertaining activity from exceptional refugee artists from 10th – 22nd October. Journeys Festival International will showcase work exploring the refugee experience which will include extraordinary theatre, an outdoor gallery, Coffee Shop Conversations, pop up theatre, all celebrating the artistic talent and incredible stories of refugee artists and asylum seekers. Produced by Leicester based ArtReach, the festival intends to create conversation within the community through arts and culture. The acclaimed production Burning Doors by Belarus Free Theatre will be at New Theatre Royal for one night only on Friday 14 October featuring the theat

Manchester: Let's Go Fly A Kite

As part of the Manchester events, Journeys Festival International will be hosting a series of digital and hands on kite workshops on Saturday 01 October - THIS weekend! It's a great way to spend your weekend with the family, and get young and old generations learning about the ancient tradition of kite flying. There's no need to book for the events, just come along on the day... KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS For hundreds of years kites have been central to childhood and adult games and pursuits. Kite flying across the globe is synonymous with freedom, the outdoors, imagination and possibilities. Expert kite makers from Infinite Arts will be teaching how to make your own kite, based on designs from


ArtReach ( is delivering its Journeys Festival International event ( in Manchester for the first time from 1st – 12th October 2016. Working across a wide range of creative media and disciplines, Journeys Festival International aims to bring the exceptional talent of local, national and international refugee artists into the public eye. Journeys Festival International combines live music, workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions and pop-up events to create a vibrant and engaging programme of events. In addition to the core team that produces and stage manages the Festival, we are seeking a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help

Manchester: Pop Up Theatre

Journeys Festival International Manchester is proud to present pop up theatre performances, taking place in a variety of non-traditional theatre venues across the city. The Pop Up performances are inspired by the refugee and asylum seeker experience and will be presented by the fantastic Royal Exchange Theatre and Community Arts North West, both working with a refugee and migrant community cast. A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN PRESENTED BY ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE Devised by the company under the direction of Wyllie Longmore, assisted by Magdalen bartlett. Members of the Royal Exchange Theatre's World Wide Workshop present memories from their lives, told in 10 episodes: Perceptions // Miscommunicat

Manchester: Look Up//Jamal Jameel// The Beholder

High impact and large scale, Look Up is Journeys Festival International's outdoor visual arts exhibition. You'll be able to spot the works on the exteriors of iconic buildings across Manchester's cityscape from 01 - 12 October. The commissioned artist for Journeys Festival International Manchester 2016 is Jamal Jameel. Originally from Iraq, Jamal was selected from an open-call of Manchester based visual artists from the refugee and asylum seeker community. Jamal is currently studying photography at the University of Salford and likes to shoot portraits, landscapes and travel images. For this exciting new commission, The Beholder, Jamal worked closely with refugees and asylum seekers from the

Manchester: The Container Project

As part of Journeys Festival International Manchester (01- 12 October) a shipping container will be transformed into an innovative project space. Symbolic of export and transference, the container will host a variety of projects and exhibitions including; THE GRAFFITI PROJECT WED 5 - THURS 6 OCTOBER Internationally - acclaimed, Manchester based street art duo Nomad Clan kick off The Container Project as they spray the facade with a mural inspired by their time spent in the Calais 'jungle'. Come and see them live at work, as they transform it before your eyes. THE STORY BEHIND ME FRI 7 - SUN 9 OCTOBER The Story Behind Me is an exhibition created by eight members of the Royal Exchange Theatre'

"5 Minutes With...." John Tomlinson//SBC Theatre

Journeys Festival International is taking to the streets of Manchester for the first time this year. From 01 - 12 October #JourneysFest will produce a diverse programme of events across the city, celebrating the incredible stories and artistic talents of exceptional refugee artists. Ahead of the festival, we wanted to find out about other events happening in the city, following the themes of Journeys Festival International. We caught up with John Tomlinson, Director of SBC Theatre, ahead of the opening night of their latest production, TANJA at The Lowry. (16 - 17 September) Tell us a little bit about yourself! Hello! I'm JT, Programme Manager at Contact, Manchester (3 days a week), freelanc

IT'S HERE! Manchester #JourneysFest Programme

This October Journeys Festival International are delighted to be bringing the festival to Manchester, the great city of the North. With twelve days of extraordinary events, this diverse programme continues to celebrate the artistic talent and incredible stories of exceptional refugee artists – creating a positive interface with the community, through great art and culture. From the acclaimed production Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre) at Contact, to the stunning visual arts of Look Up and The Container Project, Manchester promises a rich and stimulating programme culminating in the family friendly #JourneysFest Manchester Museum Takeover on Saturday 8 October. Come and join us... there

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