Refugee Week: Journeys Festival International Events

To celebrate #OurSharedFuture as part of Refugee Week (19th – 25th June) Journeys Festival International are hosting a series of warm up events in each festival city. We’re excited to share the dates with you and there’ll be lots more updates over the next couple of months!

Migration Museum: Call Me By Name, Leicester #JFILeics

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd June, 10am – 5pm

Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE


Journeys Festival International present a pop up exhibition of the Migration Museum’s Call Me By My Name in the Lightbox Gallery. The exhibition will feature a replica refugee shelter, similar to those made to house refugees in the Calais ‘Jungle.’ Alongside this, striking photographs will give an insight into life in the refugee camp and the space will immerse you in the personal stories of those whose journeys led them to Calais.

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Lunchtime Coffee Shop Conversation

In partnership with the British Red Cross

Monday 19th June, 1 - 2pm

Grays Cafe, LCB Depot, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

FREE, plus complimentary tea and coffee

Journeys Festival International and the British Red Cross invite you join a part performance, part open discussion to celebrate refugee week and the talents of refugees who now call Leicester ‘home.’

This will be an opportunity to find out about the reality of the refugee and asylum experience. Guests will include Singer-songwriter Ramelle Kabasele, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, now living in Leicester. Ramelle has worked on music with spoken word and hip hop artist Scroobius Pip and Parang Khezri, an award-winning film maker from Iran. The event will be co-chaired by Joseph Thurgate - British Red Cross, Refugee Service and Nicola Middler - Executive Producer, Journeys Festival International.

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Creative Coffee Shop Conversation

In partnership with Creative Coffee

Wednesday 21st June, 10am – 12noon

Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

FREE, plus complimentary coffee and cake

Journeys Festival International invites you to share your thoughts and network over a free coffee and slice of cake. The discussion will be about Documenting Refugee and Asylum and the impact / benefits art and creativity can have on those who have had traumatic experiences.

The event will take place in the Lightbox gallery space, with the Migration Museum’s Call Me by My Name pop up exhibition giving a context for the discussion. Sue McAlpine, from the Migration Museum, and Mani Darjazi, a refugee artist who was in the ‘Jungle’ will both be guest speakers. The discussion will be chaired by Journeys Festival International’s very own Executive Producer Nicola Middler.

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Thursday Lates: Journeys Festival International Takeover #JFIMcr

Thursday 22 June, 6-9pm

The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER


Journeys Festival International host a unique, globally inspired takeover of the Whitworth, bringing the gallery to life with international sounds, performances and creativity from around the world. Celebrate the talents and stories of refugee and asylum seeker artists who now call the city home.

Be inspired by John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea and Beyond Borders, a new South Asian textiles exhibition exploring post-colonial identity and displacement. Get crafty and join the craftivism movement with Asylum Matters, learn about how the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at The University of Manchester has been changing lives and supporting parents in conflict zones under the guise of a simple bread wrapper or add your named to the United for Change welcome banner.

These hands on activities will be set against a backdrop of performances from Manchester International Roots Orchestra, Amani Creatives, TooDhaf and more.

Journeys Festival International, Portsmouth #JFIPorts

JFI are teaming up with British Red Cross and University of Portsmouth to host a special celebration event featuring spoken word, music and stories from refugees who have made Portsmouth their home.

JFI Refugee Week Happening at Portsmouth Festivities – we have a very special act joining us for Portsmouth Festivities PLAY CODE CITY as part of our Refugee Week celebrations! Download the app and keep an ear out for clues and more information!

Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talents of refugee and asylum seekers artists, sharing refugee experiences through great art and culture.

We hope to see you there! See the national listings of Refugee Week activity here.


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