2018 - Back and Bigger than Ever!

Journeys Festival International takes place each year across the cities of Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. In 2017 the Festival showcased the work of over 200 diverse artists, worked with 49 dedicated partners and supported 651 volunteers and refugee participants to delight audiences in 3 UK cities.

ArtReach is really proud of how far the Festival has come since its birth in 2013.

Now, with the accolade of the first official Festival of Sanctuary, Journeys Festival International is back for 2018 and set for bigger and better things than ever before! With a huge variety of eclectic entertainment to suit all ages and artistic interests, the Festival encourages everyone to celebrate the creative talents of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists.


17 – 26 August

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04 – 14 October

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19 – 28 October

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We innovate. We advocate. We support both audiences and artists to help share the refugee experience with as many members of the general public as possible. National charity City of Sanctuary has recognised our hard work and, in 2017, Journeys Festival International was awarded with the first official Festival of Sanctuary status. The team are all humbled to receive such an accolade and use it to inspire and drive us to grow the Festival further.

Here’s what Colleen Molloy from City of Sanctuary had to say about the Festival - "City of Sanctuary is proud to award ArtReach with the first Festival of Sanctuary award for Journeys Festival International, in recognition of its commitment to engage with and celebrate the creative talent and contributions of asylum seekers and refugees to the arts, history and culture. The festival raises awareness, brings people together, showcases incredible talent and creativity and includes local asylum seekers. Its work with partners and local people through the arts develops a positive and passionate awareness of refugee issues in a more powerful way than the facts and figures."

So, get those dates in the diary if you want to come and join the fun of Journeys Festival International and help support the vision of welcome across the UK.

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