Journeys Festival International 2020 enters the new decade with digital!

Journeys Festival International (JFI), with the kind support of its partners and funders, continues to commission and curate an annual programme of work exploring the refugee experience through artistic and  creative  encounters.

Amid the challenges experienced by all in the creative community following the outbreak of Covid-19, JFI will adapt its programme and promises audiences the same incredible experiences created by artists with lived experience of seeking sanctuary through a predominantly digital offer this Summer and Autumn.

Produced by ArtReach, and normally taking place in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, this year the Festival will bring its vibrant mix of performances, exhibitions, and events to audiences in digital spaces, while continuing to offer local communities unexpected and thought-provoking offline experiences in a safe and entertaining way.

A focused programme of activity will take place from 28 September to 18 October with exclusive content available as part of a special online exhibition season from 1 August to 31 October. This new combined programme will celebrate stories and cultures through the work of talented artists from around the world through a series of new commissions and presentations of existing work.

Developing an online and offline programme provides the ideal chance for the team to work in innovative ways with artists from previous years as well as showcase new and emerging talent. The Festival will reach national as well as global audiences by embedding ArtReach’s Liberty EU project (co-funded by the European Union through Creative Europe) into its programme. This will allow the Festival to platform the digital work of exceptional young artists across Europe who have experience of having their freedom of movement currently or previously restricted or negatively impacted because of their immigration status.

While exploring the theme of freedom of movement and working with UK based creatives, this is a special opportunity for the young artists to connect with national audiences as well as international audiences thanks to the support of Liberty’s 12 cultural partners in 10 different countries.

The current Liberty EU commission invites young artists to propose new artworks that explore the theme of freedom of movement, this includes, but is not limited to; film, video, animation, live streams of performances or performance scores, recorded music or soundscapes. The works will be curated by Mandla Rae and the ArtReach team and will be shared as part of the digital Journeys Festival International programme in October 2020.

To keep up-to-date with new commissions in the lead-up to the Festival, announcements will be made on the Journeys Festival International website as well as on social media.

Read more about the Liberty EU commission here.

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