Sharing in Turbulent Times

Cadence Yu is a De Montfort University student on a placement with ArtReach. She's written a blog post for us on her experience with the team working with the Refugee and Asylum-seeker community and draws interesting parallels with her home town of Hong Kong. This is a beautiful bunch of vegetables I got on the second day of my placement with ArtReach. I can't recall the name of it, but I do clearly remember the bittersweet taste and the happiness it brought me. It was grown by a refugee who has been residing in the UK for a long time, a gardener himself who shares his crops with the community in the Leicester City of Sanctuary on a regular basis. A week later, I saw him again. This time, he

Journeys into Music

In this blog post, our producer Oli Page reflects on his experience programming the music for past editions of Journeys Festival International ahead of #JFILeics 2019. Read his thoughts below. I have been fortunate enough over the last three years to curate a programme of music for Journeys Festival International. Each year presents a new challenge to discover gifted individuals or groups and provide the platform that they deserve to showcase their incredible talent. I joined the ArtReach office in May 2017 and this was one of the first tasks assigned to me, which allowed me to hit the ground running. However, I’m no stranger to the JFI stage having worked as the stage manager since 2015 on

A Moment of Peace

In the build up to the ArtReach-produced Journeys Festival International Leicester (15 – 30 August), I have been privileged to be a part of some really exciting workshops and events. I’m the Assistant Producer for the Leicester Festival and already my role has led me to some excellent events and interesting moments. Firstly, a street performance that will be happening, called Lives and Lemons. This is a multi-disciplinary performance including puppetry, singing, dancing, theatre and it’s been wonderful to meet some really talented artists and participants! There are some amazing and funny young people in these workshops and it has been really lovely to see their confidence growing week by we

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