Wednesday 20 June was World Refugee Day. ArtReach through Journeys 2018 organised events in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, and it was a great success! Read more about these inspirational events and see some great pictures below! #WorldRefugeeDay
Refugee Week 2018 continues until Sunday 24 June and you can find all the events here.
Wednesday evening saw the launch of Suspended at Leicester Cathedral. Suspended is an art installation by artist Arabella Dorman composed of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees upon their arrival on the island of Lesbos.
Mohammed Yahya, a Mozambican-born rapper and spoken word artist, performed his unique brand of soulful and compassionate lyricism with energy and emotion to mark the launch, got everyone on their feet and brought incredible atmosphere to the evening. It was a night to remember!
This exhibition will remain in place throughout the summer and will end following the conclusion of Journeys Festival International, which takes place in Leicester on 17-26 August.
From Twitter @LeicsCathedral: "Hip hop Cathedral - who knew? Great party at the launch of #Suspended here on #WorldRefugeeDay with our partners including @_ArtReach @dmuleicester @uniofleicester and others. For info on the installation & the events taking place in July & Aug, click here http://leicestercathedral.org/suspended/ "
SIMO LAGNAWI GIG
We were delighted to have Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK, Simo Lagnawi at The Wedgewood Room in Portsmouth. Simo endeavours to spread understanding of the sacred Gnawa tradition, and to introduce his own movements of Gnawa fusion to wider audiences. On Wednesday, he was supported by Portsmouth based Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae band Omar Baba.
This was such a successful and inspiring event as part of Portsmouth Festivities Refugee Week celebrations in partnership with Journeys Festival International and The People's Lounge.
From Twitter @PhotosRoss: "Standing room only tonight @WedgewoodRooms for @SLagnawi permorming at Edge of the Wedge for @PortsFest and @JourneysFest in support of Refugee week @PhotosRoss"
QUEER CAFE TAKEOVER
At HOME cafe bar in Manchester we had an inspiring night, as we teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to celebrate 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.
We were delighted to live stream part of the evening. If you missed it, don't worry you can watch the video on our Facebook page here.
This project was supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.
From Twitter @lisg_manchester: "Thank you for your support this eve as we share our stories at the Queer Cafe Takeover @HOME_mcr #loveislove"