Who's on the Panel? JOURNEYS - The Art of Displacement

Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talent of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists, and shares refugee experiences through great art and culture.

This year, our headline performance piece is a new commission from Aakash Odedra called #JeSuis (In Progress). This contemporary dance piece explores personal stories of conflict, media manipulation, displacement and identity. Find out more about the show here.

Each performance will be followed by JOURNEYS - The Art of Displacement in which the Aakash Odedra Company and Journeys Festival International will share the inspiration for their work - including artistic contributions from our Journeys European partners. The audience will be invited for audience response and debate on issues of displacement and the meaning of "home".

Each post-show discussion will be made up of a panel including guest chairs, members of the Aakash Odedra Company, a local refugee/asylum seeker artist and one of our partners from JOURNEYS Europe. Please see panel information and links below:


Tuesday 10th October

Education and The Art of Displacement - What is our civic responsibility to educate children and young people about displacement?

Chair – Liz O’Neill, Artistic Director of Z-Arts, Manchester


Aakash Odedra Company

Tom Lanzki, Artistic Director of our partners in Hamburg STAMP Festival

Rika Blunk choreographer from Hamburg part of the JOURNEYS Project.

Wednesday 11th October

Not the Fake News - Activism and The Art of Displacement

Chair – Dr. Gemma Sou, Migration Lab, University of Manchester


Aakash Odedra Company

Takoua Ben Mohamed Graphic designer and artist, part of JOURNEYS Project in Rome

Daria Labarberai from our partners in Palermo at CESIE

Zsuzsi Nagy from Trafó House of Contemporary Arts our partners in Budapest

Jamal Jameel, a local refugee photographer whose work was presented in Manchester and Budapest as part of Look Up

Thursday 12th October

European Society and The Art of Displacement - What importance does cultural participation have I migration/displacement? What type of cultural participation could exist and what types do already exist? Where are we today and where do we want to go?

Chair - Estelle Worthington, Asylum Matters


Aakash Odedra Company

Cilla Baines, Community Arts Northwest

Mahboobeh Rajabi, local Iranian refugee artist facilitating the Refugee Artists Hub


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