World Refugee Day

June 19, 2018

The 20th of June is World Refugee Day. 6 refugees integration projects co-financed by the Creative Europe programme join forces organising 13 events in 7 cities. The events and related projects actively involve refugees and migrants in the cultural production promoting cultural integration, co-creation, collaboration and professional development of artists with refugees and migrant background. 


You can find all the events here.




ArtReach through Journeys 2018 is producing events in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth for World Refugee Day.



Simo Lagnawi in concert
Wednesday 20th June, 8pm - 10pm
Edge of the Wedge (The Wedgewood Rooms) 147b Albert Road, Portsmouth PO14 0JW 

Join us for a special evening with Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK, Simo Lagnawi. Simo endeavours to spread understanding of the sacred Gnawa tradition, and to introduce his own movements of Gnawa fusion to wider audiences. So, why not let Simo and his friends transport you to Morocco for an enthralling evening of world music. PLUS, special guests The People's Lounge. Simo comes to Portsmouth as part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project and Portsmouth Festivities Refugee Week celebrations. 



Suspended, In Search of Light by Arabella Dorman - Launch Event
Wednesday 20th June, 6.30pm - 8pm
Leicester Cathedral, 2 Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ

To mark World Refugee Day, ArtReach through Journeys 2018, and Leicester Cathedral are delighted to be hosting Arabella Dorman's Suspended in the nave of the Cathedral. Composed of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees upon their arrival on the island of Lesbos, a stilled explosion will be created, inviting the viewer to contemplate the violent fragmentation experienced by the inhabitants of the garments. The Launch Event will feature live music and a welcome from Leicester Cathedral's Dean, David Monteith, and the artist, Arabella Dorman. 

MIGRATE: an exhibition by Unicef NextGEN 
18th - 23rd June, 9am - 5pm
Light Box, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE [UK]
As part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project, MIGRATE presents new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James. Despite its staggering scale, living in the UK we are largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis that has swept across continental Europe. This exhibition hopes to encourage dialogue and raise more awareness of the crisis among British people.

 Journeys 2018 Queer Café Takeover
Wednesday 20th June 2018, 8:30pm - 10pm
HOME, Café Bar, 2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, [UK]


ArtReach through Journeys 2018 have teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to bring you an evening celebrating diversity and the rights of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, through live music from young Eritrean singer Neda Naser, great art, craft activities and a quiz.
Facebook page where the event will be streamed: @JourneysFest (



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