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...
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 the Rethink Rebuild Society and the Syrian refugee community, who have contributed personal objects and artifacts to the exhibition. The exhibition hopes to share, educate, and start conversation around Syrian heritage and culture.
INTERNATIONAL KITE PROJECT
11AM - 4PM LIVING WORLDS GALLERY
Using innovative digital technologies, you are invited to design and fly virtual kites over breath-taking landscapes, including Afghanistan, India and Syria. Project delivered in partnership with Inspirate.
KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS
11AM - 4PM DISCOVERY CENTER
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, the imagination and possibilities. Join expert kite makers from Infinite kites to learn to make your own kites based on designs from India and Afghanistan. Make and design, learn to fly , and take your kite home with you.
POP UP THEATRE
STANDING IN MY OWN TRUTH
1:30PM LIVING WORLDS GALLERY
Presented by Community Arts North West
Written by Rani Moorthy. With Christina Fonthes, Shahireh Sangrezeh, Feereshteh Mozaffari. Directed by Rachel Brogan.
In a world of half-truths and lies, when is it safe to own one's true destiny? Standing in My Own Truth is a cross-art exploration of the brave, often circuitous journey towwards one's own destiny. Created with, and performed by refugee and migrant women as part of CAN's Exodus programme.
A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
3:30PM LIVING WORLDS GALLERY
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 // Miscommunication // Changes // Tears // A Boat // Snow // Helplessness // Sunshine // Separation and Loss // Identity
MUSIC: SARAH YASEEN
3:30PM - 4PM FOYER STAGE, DISCOVERY CENTRE
With a soulful voice and accompanied by a guitar or darabouka, Manchester based, Sarah's raw Sufi Acappella/cantata style takes the audience into her world of emotions and feelings of love, faith, personal struggle, including sharing her political stance through influential, unique compositions.
SPOKEN WORD: HAFSAH ANEELA BASHIR
2PM - 2:30PM FOYER STAGE, DISCOVERY CENTRE
Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a poet, writer and spoken word artist. Her personal experiences working in conflict zones informs her creativity in the form of lyrical activism. She writes to raise awareness about social injustice, using her talents as a form of resistance and liberty, whilst empowering others.
THE VOICE OF CRISIS
3:15PM - 4:45PM
What impact does language have on our perception of the refugee crisis? Opening with an extract from SBC Theatre's latest production, 'TANJA' join the company and the Rethink Rebuild Society in a discussion about advocacy and attitude.
Come along and join in the #JourneysFest fun, and enjoy all the usual Manchester Museum weekend activity too!
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