Journeys Festival International comes to Leicester from the 21 August to 03 September with two weeks of creative events taking place across the city. The festival celebrates the talents of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists, exploring work that shares the refugee experience.
With the festival just around the corner, Executive Producer Nicola Middler has put together her Producers Top Picks! to help guide you through the full programme. [Leicester programme available for download here]
1. Journeys Festival International - Official Launch at CANTEEN
When? 25 August // From 5pm
Where? LCB Depot, LE1 1RE
What? CANTEEN is the East Midlands largest pop up street food festival and Journeys Festival International hosts their launch event to put a unique stamp on the event! As well as globally inspired food to make your tastebuds tingle, Journeys Festival International will bring you some unique entertainment that celebrates refugee and asylum seeker talents and shares their incredible stories. Facebook Event here.
Line up includes...
Printing with Leicester Print Workshop's EXCHANGE Project
Art Exhibitions including Shahre Farang and VR installation Displaced Witness
Sign up for your space at Breakfast Elsewhere via JFI Eventbrite Booking Page - What does belonging mean when you are set adrift from home, craving the taste of a faraway home and the culinary comfort it brings? Would you crave your mum's Sunday dinner, tatah's maté or injera from the local bakery? Breakfast Elsewhere is an interactive food performance that tries to answer this from the perspective of a cook who has come from several homes: Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
2. JOURNEYS Salon
When? Thurs 24 August // 6pm - 8.30pm
Where? Attenborough Arts Centre, Le1 7HA
What? The JOURNEYS Salon will share the inspiration of Journeys Festival International's work and our core values. This will include contributions from European partners who we have been working with in Hamburg, Rome, Palermo and Budapest to support the integration of refugees in these cities.
The evening consists of three interactive break-out workshops, led by artists and speakers from the fields of visual arts, performance and fact-based research, who work with refugee and asylum seeker communitites across Europe.
Followed by refreshments and a panel discussion, we invite audience response and debate around the workshops, associated issues of displacement and the role of art to enable positive integration.
This is a FREE event but registration is essential. Please book through the Attenborough Arts Centre Box Office at attenborough.com or 0116 252 2455
3. JOURNEYS Weekender
When? Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug
Where? Jubilee Square, Le1 3LY
What? A free Festival weekend that celebrates influences and talent from around the world in one weekend. Jubilee Square will be transformed into a vibrant melting pot with a main stage of world music delights, street food vendour and hands-on, artist led creative workshops, influenced by every corner of the globe.
4. #JeSuis (In Progress)
When? 29 - 30 August, 7.30pm
Where? Curve, LE1 1SB
What? The award-winning Aakash Odedra Company presents #JeSuis (In Progress). An exceptional ensemble of Turkish dancers explore personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity. What makes "home" when millions are on the move?
Each performance will be followed by JOURNEYS - The Art of Displacement
Aakash Odedra Company and Journeys Festival International will share the inspiration for their work - including artistic contributions from European partners - and invite an audience response and debate on issues of displacement and the meaning of "home".
Book your ticket £10 // £6
Book at Curveonline.co.uk // 0116 242 3595
4. Look Up Art Walks
Sun 20 August at 11am
Sun 20 August at 1pm - SOLD OUT
Thurs 31 August at 6.30pm
Where? Start at LCB Depot, LE1 1RE
What? Look Up is an outdoor visual arts exhibition and this year the festival presents Foreigner: Migration into Europe by British Journal of Photography's International Photographer of the Year 2017, Daniel Castro Garcia.
Foreigner gives a personal identity to the people caught in the 2015 - 2016 'European migrant crisis' - the largest migrant movement since World War II. The striking portraits offer the viewer an emotional connection to the subject, rather than the degrading imagery often used by mass media.
Arts educator Gina Mollet will be hosting a series of Art Walks throughout the festival so make sure you join us to hear about these amazing stories of the subjects.
Can't make the Art Walks? Tune in at 10am on Sunday 20th for a LIVE Art Walk through @JourneysFest Facebook Page.
Connect with the festival:
#JFILeics // @JourneysFest