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JOURNEYS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL 2020 28TH SEPTEMBER – 18TH OCTOBER

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Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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FESTIVAL INTRODUCTION

HOW TO JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY FOR 2020 Journeys Festival International is an annual arts festival that takes place in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. The festival curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists that explores the refugee experience and global cultures through artistic and creative encounters. The 2020 programme includes an inspiring and powerful mix of music, visual and digital art exhibitions, performance, discussions and creative workshops with artists all available on the Journeys Festival International website; www.journeysfestival.com. ArtReach produces and develops Journeys Festival International in collaboration with extraordinary artists, community groups, charities, arts organisations, volunteers and partners. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who makes the festival possible and in particular the volunteer members of the ROOTS group. For 2020, Journeys Festival International has gone truly digital. From 28th September – 18th October the festival programme will be online, on our website, for you to join in and enjoy from the comfort of your own home, nearest café, on the bus, or wherever your screen can take you! The festival is split into 3 chapters, each chapter and week of the festival is themed and there will be several ways you can contribute to the programme using these themes. It would be wonderful to see you sharing and enjoying the digital festival this year using #JourneysFestival on social media. It’s very exciting to bring Journeys Festival International to you, for 2020, with a fresh and exciting digital context and we hope to see you virtually soon.

USER GUIDE Exhibition

Conversation

Digital 3D

Poetry

Music

Arts Workshop

Performance

Film

Audio

Digital Magazine

Ticketed

BSL Age Guidance

Subtitles

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28th September – 18th October Wonderland by Mohammad Barrangi

Have Your Say by Olympias Music Foundation

Artist Workshop with Mahboobeh Rajabi

Release by Whispered Tales and Mahboobeh Rajabi

If You Want To Be Alive... Read My Lips by Maral Mamaghanizadeh

Beauty for Ashes by Susan Kamara

CHAPTER 1: The World We Live In

Solomon’s Stone by Ramzi Maqdisi

28th September – 4th October

Introduction to Chapter 1 with Magid Magid Yasmine Ouirhrane in Conversation with Magid Magid Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran by Parham Ghalamdar and Limina Immersive Have Your Say by Olympias Music Foundation Curious About Creative Sanctuary Erena…Our Eritrea by Aymeric Nicolet & Ellie Hodgetts Freedom of Movement? by Mandla Rae Journeys Live! Little Journeys into Creativity No Direction Home

CHAPTER 2: How We See the World 5th October – 11th October

Introduction to Chapter 2 with Maral Mamaghanizadeh

Rasha Deeb in Conversation with Magid Magid Manipulated Memories by Maliheh Zafarneshad Queer Journeys by Youcef Hadjazi Blood-land Embrace by Majid Adin and Invisible Flock

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Journeys Live!

Artist Workshop with Mohammed Yahya

As Far As Isolation Goes (online) by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa Little Journeys into Creativity

This Is Now Not For Me by Iman Tajik

My Jerusalem by Avital Raz

CHAPTER 3: Hope and Celebration 12th October – 18th October

Introduction to Chapter 3 with Inua Ellams

Mo Omar in Conversation with Magid Magid

Sun up, Rain falls, River rises by Phosphoros Theatre with Mira Seigel

DOWN UP SIDE by Another Story Collective

Have Your Say by Olympias Music Foundation Halabja: In The Golden Days by Gulan

This is not a Poem by Eric Ngalle Charles Global Kitchen Journeys Live! Little Journeys into Creativity Artist Workshop: with Maliheh An Evening of Poetry with Inua Ellams

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FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

EXHIBITIONS


Wonderland by Mohammad Barrangi 28th September – 18th October

Wonderland is an online exhibition of new work by internationally renowned artist Mohammad Barrangi. Using Persian calligraphy and hand-drawn illustration, Wonderland explores cultural identity, immigration and tells Mohammad’s very personal story of life as a refugee seeking asylum in the UK. This preview of works will be followed by a large-scale outdoor art exhibition that will take place across Leicester in 2021.

Commissioned by Journeys Festival International, funded by Arts Council England and WOMAD Foundation.

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Beauty for Ashes by Susan Kamara 28th September – 18th October

Beauty for Ashes is a vibrant photographic exhibition of textile art pieces filled with colours representing Susan’s African heritage. The work explores her spiritual and physical journeys since fleeing her home nation of Uganda and reflects diversity and unity.

Supported by University Hospitals Leicester.

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Magid Magid explores Chapter 1: The World We Live In 12:00pm 28th September – 4th October Join Magid Magid as he explores Chapter 1 and reflects on the current global situation and the world we live in. Magid Magid is a Somali-British activist, writer and a former elected politician. Born in Somalia, Magid came to Sheffield as a refugee with his family. He was an MEP representing Yorkshire & the Humber at the European Parliament and was previously the youngest ever Lord Mayor of his beloved city, Sheffield. Magid was recently named one of TIME’s 100 rising stars shaping the future of the world. Join us on the Journey #JourneysFestival

Yasmine Ouirhrane in Conversation with Magid Magid

12:00pm 28th September – 18th October

Image Credit: Abbey Drucker

In Conversation with Magid Magid is a series of 3 talks with European-based guests who are involved in human rights activism and politics, exploring the current challenges facing Europe.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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In the first of the series Magid Magid talks to Yasmine Ouirhrane. Yasmine is the founder of We Belong, a platform and podcast that amplifies the voice of the "New Daughters of Europe", immigrant descents. She is also an expert on Peace & Security at the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub. As an advocate for Social and Gender Justice in Europe, she was recognised Young European of the Year 2019 by the Schwarzkopf Foundation, EDD Young Leader by the European Commission, Women Deliver Young Leader and Gender Innovation Agora member at UN Women Arabic. Part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe.

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Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran by Parham Ghalamdar and Limina Immersive 12:00pm 28th September – 4th October Parham Ghalamdar takes us back to the water channel in Tehran that became his canvas. Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran is a virtual experience that recreates the water channel where the ELF crew made their work. As audiences navigate the space, they will examine the street art created by Parham and his crew and hear the story behind its creation and destruction in Parham’s own words. VR produced and directed by Steven Lake. Featuring 'Farahzad' courtesy of Mahdyar. Commissioned by Journeys Festival International as part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe. Supported by Graffwerk and Sashwati Sengupta.

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Image Credit: The Dreamers Performative photographs by Iman Tajik


This is Now Not For Me by Iman Tajik 12:00pm 28th September – 4th October This is Now Not For Me is a series of performative photographs responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. Being 'stuck' is the inspiration behind Tajik's new photographic series. The artist wants the audience to make use of their new understanding of restricted movement to understand more about the refuge-seeking experience. Commissioned by Journeys Festival International.

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Have Your Say 12:00pm 28th September – 18th October Have Your Say is a multi-media project culminating in three video-poems being presented at the festival, created from submissions by the public via social media.

Image Credit: Olympias Music Foundation

Throughout the summer we have been collecting responses to three tasks that align with the festival’s three weekly themes: The World We Live In; How We See the World; and Hope and Celebration! With Olympias Music Foundation in partnership with ArtReach, City of Sanctuary, and Longsight Library.

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Curious About Creative Sanctuary in Conversation with Curious Minds

4:00pm – 5:00pm 29th September Join us for a discussion about how a whole-school approach to welcoming new arrivals can create a thriving community for everyone.

Image Credit: Curious Minds

Creative processes have long been used to support refugee children and unaccompanied young people to be better included in education and there is much evidence of the positive impact on inclusion, wellbeing, learning and progression. There is also some evidence of the impact on the whole school, where creative approaches have been used in this way.

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Aimed at teachers, artists and learning managers. With contributions from Community Arts North West, Music Action International and Janice Allen, Headteacher at Falinge High School. In partnership with ArtReach and Community Arts North West.

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Image Credit: Biniam and Fathi

Erena...Our Eritrea by Aymeric Nicolet & Ellie Hodgetts 18+

7:30pm 30th September – 4th October A short documentary following an Eritrean pirate radio station. Paris based radio station, ‘Radio Erena’, was set up by former Eri TV journalist Biniam Simon with the aim to broadcast accurate news back to the people of Eritrea. Eritrea, under a current dictatorship, ranks as the worst country in the world in terms of press freedom and Radio Erena, for many Eritreans, is their only access to uncensored information. The premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with ArtReach’s Film Programmer Reba Martin and filmmakers Aymeric Nicolet and Ellie Hodgetts. Produced by Nova Lux. Part of Journeys into Film funded by FilmHub North.

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Image Credit: Morteza Khaleghi

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Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Curated by Mandla Rae. Commissioned by Journeys Festival International as part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe.

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Freedom of Movement? 7:30pm 1st October – 4th October An exhibition and digital performance exploring artists’ responses to Freedom of Movement?

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Featuring new work by: Bahzad Sulaiman Betul Aksu Mandla Rae :

This immersive experience features collaborations from young artists across Europe as part of the LIBERTY EU Creative Europe programme. The work is a combination of film, photography, soundscapes, animations and performance created through new artistic partnerships between artists from different national and artistic backgrounds.

Morteza Khaleghi Pankaj Tiwari Parham Ghalamdar Stand & Be Counted Theatre Company

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Journeys Live!

7:00pm – 8:30pm 2nd October Join our host, Eliab Million, in welcoming our Chapter 1 acts. Our exciting line-up features Maracuya and Ghanaian-Italian songstress, Vivi, who will be performing a range of conscious, cultural music. Tune in at 7:00pm on 2nd October to catch the fabulous musical line-up.

Join us for more music on Friday 9th and Friday 16th October.

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Little Journeys into Creativity 11:00am 3rd October – 4th October Weekly family arts activities for little ones to join in with at home! Every Saturday join us and our partners for fun artist-led activities for families. Suitable for ages 5 to 17. On Saturday 3 October join The Spark Arts for Stories from Home. Writers Ines Sampaio, Santoshi Bobby Mann and Mellow Baku share new stories, read in the comfort of their own homes for you to enjoy in yours! Settle down to enjoy the stories together and join in with tailored craft activities. Nadeem Islam also provides BSL interpretation for Druv’s Magic by Santoshi Bobby Mann.

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Image Credit: Usman Khalid performs at No Direction Home, by Jose Farinha

No Direction Home

7:30pm – 9:30pm 4th October Pioneering stand-up comedy collective featuring performers from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Join us for an evening of comedy featuring new comedians and our incredible guest headliner; Dane Baptiste. Donate what you decide, £3-£7 suggested, free tickets available to those on low or zero income.

No Direction Home is produced by Counterpoints Arts as part of its #PopChange programme, hosted by Tom Parry in collaboration with Big Difference Company, producers of Leicester Comedy Festival.

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Maral Mamaghanizadeh explores Chapter 2: How We See the World 12:00pm 5th October – 11th October Join Maral to find out more about Chapter 2 as she explores How We See the World and how art and creativity can help us find our place within it. Maral is a Deaf Iranian artist, whose work explores barriers that she encounters in her everyday life, as a Deaf, female refugee. She communicates through her artworks, combining feminism and cultural politics. Join us on the Journey #JourneysFestival

Rasha Deeb in Conversation with Magid Magid 12:00pm 5th October – 18th October In Conversation with Magid Magid is a series of talks with European-based guests who are involved in human rights activism and politics, exploring the current challenges facing Europe.

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In the second of the series Magid Magid hosts Rasha Deeb. Rasha is a visual artist born in 1988 in Damascus, Syria. Rasha Deeb graduated in Fine Arts in 2014 at Damascus University, specialising in sculpture. After graduating, Rasha Deeb left Syria and headed to Lebanon, then Greece and finally Germany, where her artworks have been exhibited across the country. Part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe.

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Manipulated Memories by Maliheh Zafarnezhad 12:00pm 5th October – 11th October Manipulated Memories is an online exhibition of selected recent works by Iranian artist Maliheh Zafarnezhad. As an Iranian-born artist now living in the diaspora, inspirations in her artworks usually emerge out of a multi-national identity, mixed culture, immigration experiences and childhood memories from Iran.

Maliheh has spent most of her life in her born country in which she was forced to navigate a web of restrictions as a woman. Hence most of Maliheh’s artworks are dominated by portrait of women filled by thought-provoking messages about love, feelings, loyalty, obligation and social issues.

The exhibition will be available to view at www.journeysfestival.com Maliheh will be presenting two workshops which you can take part in. Please see page 30 and 41 for details.

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Queer Journeys by Youcef Hadjazi

12:00pm 5th October – 11th October Queer Journeys is a series of zine-making workshops aimed at LGBTQ+ migrants based in the UK, illustrating queer migrant journeys to create a collaborative zine. The aim of the project is to create a space for queer stories to exist and to be initiated by their narrators, preserving authenticity and rawness while

raising awareness on queer immigration. This process also intends to create a queer space for migrants while developing artistic responses and engaging in creative collaborations. The final zine will be distributed to all participants across the country and be available to view at www.journeysfestival.com

Commissioned by Homotopia Festival and Journeys Festival International.

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Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

A collaboration between Majid Adin, Invisible Flock and three European animators. Commissioned by Journeys Festival International as part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe, Leicester City Council and Phoenix.

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Blood-land Embrace

6:00pm 5th October – 11th October An exciting teaser of a newly commissioned animation, exploring pan-European friendship and collaboration, and the shared experience of the refugee situation in Europe. By looking closely at how we can connect and share cultures following coronavirus and Brexit; artist Majid Adin will work with European animators to realise a responsive animation. Award winning interactive arts studio, Invisible Flock, will be collaborating with our artists to present the finished animations in a stunning outdoor projection in 2021.

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Have Your Say 12:00pm 5th October – 18th October Have Your Say is a multi-media project culminating in three video-poems being presented at the festival, created from submissions by the public via social media. Throughout the summer we have been collecting responses to three tasks that align with the festival’s three weekly themes: The World We Live In; How We See the World; and Hope and Celebration! Join us on the Journey #JourneysFestival With Olympias Music Foundation in partnership with ArtReach, City of Sanctuary, and Longsight Library.

Artist Workshop: Mahboobeh Rajabi

4:00pm – 6.00pm 6th October Join Mahboobeh Rajabi for this co-creation workshop, which focuses on how to collaborate and create innovative works in any art format. This workshop is an opportunity for artists to think, have creative conversations and shape ideas, by focusing on their creative talent. The session will encourage participants to think outside the box of structures and limited layouts to produce work. It’s about giving wings to ideas to make them happen. Supported by DIPACT, funded by Radical Fund and Future's Venture.

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Release by Whispered Tales with Mahboobeh Rajabi 12:00pm 7th October – 11th October Release is an audio installation that shares stories of migration. As the tide slips away photographs flicker to life amongst the debris as we hear heartfelt stories from two courageous women, where music offered a moment of release. Whispered Tales is known for their emotive storytelling and strong visual aesthetic. Release sees Whispered Tales collaborating with Mahboobeh Rajabi, an Iranian digital artist whose animations provide an emotive dreamlike quality to this thought provoking installation.

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Phoenix.

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If You Want To Be Alive... Read My Lips by Maral Mamaghanizadeh 12:00pm 5th October - 11th October A performance film introducing Maral’s experience of deafness and jewellery making, her artistic practice and becoming a refugee due to the political nature of her artwork. The film showcases her bone china jewellery and demonstrates how the jewellery is worn, over the ears. A sound collage, by sound designer Chris Bartholomew, samples Iranian feminist protest songs and asks audiences to consider the difficulties of engaging politically when you do not have access to sound. Audiences must read Maral’s lips, giving an insight into her unique experience as a Deaf person and revealing the beauty of sign language that has finally given her a ‘voice.’ Commissioned by Journeys Festival International. Funded by Arts Council England.

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Solomon’s Stone by Ramzi Maqdisi 7:30pm 7th October – 11th October

A young man from Jerusalem, Palestine, receives a letter from the Israeli post office to appear in person to receive a package. He has to pay the sum of 20,000 US dollars in order to collect it. Hussein’s curiosity to find out what the package contains drives him to sell everything he owns. In order to uncover the story of this mysterious package he embarks on a tragi-comedic journey of discovery. The premiere screening will be followed by a Q&A with ArtReach’s Film Programmer Reba Martin and actor and filmmaker Ramzi Maqdisi.

Part of Journeys into Film funded by FilmHub North.

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My Jerusalem by Avital Raz 7:30pm 8th October – 11th October

A film broadcast of Avital Raz’s My Jerusalem accompanied by a documentary of audience reactions to the piece.

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My Jerusalem is a solo performance derived from a song. A politically charged tale of a drunken one-night-stand, infused with stories of growing up in the political turmoil of 80’s Israel.

The show My Jerusalem was commissioned by hÅb/Word of Warning/ STUN + Contact in Manchester with Arts Council England's support, mentored by Peader Kirk. The film about My Jerusalem was made by Chris Davis and Avital Raz with additional filming from Jimmy McBroom.

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Journeys Live! 8:00pm – 10:00pm 9th October An evening of sounds from eclectic eastern European influenced, contemporary folk band MUHA and talented Congolese collective, Young Amani, which consist of a talented group of young people who've joined forces for a special performance.

All performances are available to catch up on via our website. You can also listen to our podcast Journeys Into Music at www.journeysfestival.com

Artist Workshop: Mohammed Yahya 7:00pm – 8:00pm 9th October Based on social justice and the human rights declaration, this workshop explores how Hip-Hop has impacted different communities, justice and the way we think about our collective being. The workshop will be visually-led, exploring the themes that rappers address. It will end with a small exercise to look at a theme. Writers of all abilities and nationalities are welcome. Spaces are limited so please book in advance. Mohammed Yahya will also be performing for next week’s final chapter. If you enjoyed his workshop, check out his interview as part of our Journeys Into Music podcast.

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As Far As Isolation Goes (Online) by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa 9th October – 11th October

12 zoom slots per day will take place between 10:00am - 2:50pm

As Far As Isolation Goes (Online) is a collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa. Reimagined for an online context during coronavirus lockdown, the piece is a virtual intimate encounter.

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This live-streamed, 1-on-1 performance uses touch, sound, and interactivity to bring audience members in contact with those faced with inhumane detention centres and a mental health system that disregard their political and emotional contexts. Produced by Artsadmin. Work originally commissioned by the Sick of the Fringe 2019. Online version commissioned by GIFT 2020. Supported by De Montfort University.

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Little Journeys into Creativity 11:00am 10th October – 11th October

Funded by The Mighty Creatives.

Weekly family arts activities for little ones to join in with at home!

so that you can follow along at your own pace. Download the list of materials and equipment from the Every Saturday join us and our partners Journeys Festival International website. for fun artist-led activities for families. Aspex Gallery, The Spark Arts and Through funding from The Mighty Maliheh Zafarnezhad will show you Creatives and WOMAD Foundation, how to make creative projects at home, ArtReach have a limited number of free suitable for ages 5 to 17. art packs containing all the materials and equipment you need for this On Saturday 10th October Maliheh workshop. Zafarnezhad will teach you and your family how to make an Iranian-inspired To receive one of these packs please photo collage exploring your family contact elaine@artreach.biz. tree and symbols that mean something to you. This is a pre-recorded workshop Share your home-made creations on social media with #JourneysFestival

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Inua Ellams explores Chapter 3: Hope and Celebration 12:00pm 12th October – 18th October Join Inua Ellams as he delves into Chapter 3 and reflects upon the importance of celebrating culture, understanding international perspectives and sharing the stories that make us who we are. Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. Across his work, Identity, Displacement and Destiny are recurring themes in which he mixes the old with the new: traditional West African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches and Oberon. Join us on the Journey #JourneysFestival

Mo Omar in Conversation with Magid Magid

12:00pm 12th October – 18th October In Conversation with Magid Magid is a series of talks with European-based guests who are involved in human rights activism and politics, exploring the current challenges facing Europe. In the third and final conversation of the series, Magid Magid hosts Mo Omar. Somali-born, Cardiff-raised and Londonbased Comedian, Mo Omar is a fast-rising talent with a unique perspective. Mo was selected to perform in The Pleasance Comedy Reserve show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a finalist of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award in 2019.

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Part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe.

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Sun up, Rain falls, River rises by Phosphoros Theatre with Mira Seigel 12:00pm 12th October – 18th October

Commissioned by Journeys Festival International as part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe, supported by HighTide.

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Three audio narratives created by Phosphoros Theatre, to listen to at sunrise, after the rain and when you’re walking by water.

entertainment are banned. Mohamed Abdu stands on the banks of the great river Nile in Sudan and wishes he had the same power to cross borders.

The sun comes up on Goitom Fesshaye cycling off to work at his family shop in Eritrea. Syed Haleem Najibi plays in his glistening village in Afghanistan after the rain when all other forms of

Three new compositions by Mira Seigel respond to and complete each narrative.

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DOWN UP SIDE by Another Story Collective: Bedos Mavambu & Pablo Melchor 12:00pm 12th October - 18th October DOWN UP SIDE is a poetic and immersive sci-fi tale of Bedos going to the planet Mancunia. DOWN UP SIDE is the tale of Bedos’s journey from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the planet Mancunia told through spoken word poetry, soundscapes and 3D illustrations. The young Bedos embraces the unknown environment he is catapulted into. He uses music as a common language and gets to know the indigenous extra-terrestrials.

Commissioned by Journeys Festival International.

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Have Your Say

12:00pm 12th October – 18th October Have Your Say is a multi-media project culminating in three video-poems being presented at the festival, created from submissions by the public via social media. Throughout the summer we have been collecting responses to three tasks that align with the festival’s three weekly themes: The World We Live In; How We See the World; and Hope and Celebration! With Olympias Music Foundation in partnership with ArtReach, Manchester City of Sanctuary, and Longsight Library.

Halabja: In the Golden Days by Gulan 12:00pm 12th October – 18th October An online magazine celebrating the history and culture of Halabja. Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, is known mainly because of the terrible chemical weapons attack in 1988 by Saddam Hussein’s regime as part of the ‘Anfal’ campaign of persecution. This has overshadowed Halabja’s peaceful and illustrious past when it was called the ‘city of poets'. This online publication, brought together by Gulan through historical research and interviews with past and current residents, is a celebration of life in Halabja before the attack. Created by Gulan in collaboration with the Kurdish community of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cathedral.

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This is Not a Poem by Eric Ngalle Charles 7:30pm 14th October – 18th October

This is Not a Poem is a hymn on tolerance. Following the poetry of writer, actor, and human rights activist Eric Ngalle Charles. This short film is a visual composition which explores education, migration, displacement and belonging. Eric brings his experience and storytelling ability to question home, placing his work and ideas between Wales and Cameroon. The film is directed by Bafta Cymru and New York film festival award winning filmmaker Greg Lewis.

Part of Journeys into Film funded by FilmHub North.

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Global Kitchen

7:30pm 15th October – 18th October Global Kitchen brings refugees, asylum seekers and local communities together through sharing food from around the world. Join us for a live cook-a-long via YouTube with Chef Linton and experience global dishes. the world.

Share your culinary delights with #GlobalKitchen

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In partnership with Soft Touch Arts. Crowdfunded by Spacehive with additional donations from British Red Cross Family Refugee Integration Fund, BID Leicester, Leicester City Mayor’s Community Fund and Ward funding. This project has been part funded by the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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Journeys Live!

7:00pm - 9:45pm 16th October – 18th October For the final musical fling of this year’s festival we host Maracuya, festival favourite MC Mohammed Yahya and a special guest perfomer, Mabel Chah, for an electric range of live music.

All performances will now be available to catch up on via our website. You can also catch up on our podcast Journeys Into Music at www.journeysfestival.com

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Little Journeys into Creativity 11:00am 17th October – 18th October Weekly family arts activities for little ones to join in with at home!

exciting activity exploring the themes of Hope and Celebration.

Every Saturday join us and our partners for fun artist-led activities for families. Aspex Gallery, The Spark Arts and Maliheh Zafarnezhad will show you how to make creative projects at home, suitable for ages 5 to 17.

This is a pre-recorded workshop so that you can follow along at your own pace. A list of materials required for the workshop will be available at www.journeysfestival.com.

Join Aspex Gallery for a special Journeys Festival International edition of their weekly Family Saturdays arts activities. Get creative at home with an

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Image Credit: Maliheh Zafarnezhad, Homa & Taghi, photo transfer and acrylic on canvas, 2019

Artist Workshop: Maliheh Zafarnezhad 7:30pm – 8:30pm 18th October

Join Maliheh Zafarnezhad for a live and interactive photo collage workshop. Maliheh is an Iranian-Irish mixed media artist who creates beautifully intricate photo collages using old photographs, which are overlaid with painted symbols and motifs to explore identity, culture and memories. For Journeys Festival International, Maliheh will be running an advanced live workshop for adults and artists. Book your ticket to receive a downloadable list of materials and equipment that you'll need to take part and a unique link to join the live workshop. Share your photographs after the workshop on social media with #JourneysFestival. Funded by WOMAD Foundation.

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An Evening of Poetry with Inua Ellams 7:30pm – 9:00pm 18th October

Join Inua Ellams for a live and interactive poetry reading. Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams hosts an interactive evening of poetry. Audience members will have the opportunity to suggest themes and topics to explore. Participation is voluntary and audience members will be able to indicate if they wish to take part. Book your ticket in advance at www.journeysfestival.com. Donate what you decide, £3-£7 suggested, free tickets available to those on low or zero income.

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ROOTS Group The ROOTS Group is a team of dedicated and inspiring individuals who come from around the world, made up of many ages, religions, languages and cultures. They get involved with projects, work with artists, create their own artwork, share their thoughts and guide us in creating the festival each year. They challenge and help us to better understand the breadth of cultures, people and experiences from within their communities, supporting us to present an inclusive programme.

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Festival Funders Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Project Partners

Media Partners Digital & Distribution Partner

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Campaign to Lift the Ban Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working whilst they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim. Instead, they are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people.

chance of contributing to our society and integrating into our communities. This means giving people seeking asylum the right to work so that they can use their skills and live in dignity.

We think that’s wrong. We believe that people who have risked everything to find safety should have the best

To find out more about the campaign, or to join the coalition for change, head to http://lifttheban.co.uk/

The Lift the Ban coalition is working to change this. Together, we believe we can #LiftTheBan and ensure that people seeking safety in the UK have the right to work.

Support Journeys Festival International Your ongoing support is vital for the continuation of Journeys Festival International. Donations mean we can take our ROOTS group members on more creative and cultural activities, at no cost to them, like this trip to Leicester Print Workshop in 2019. More donations also mean we can keep the festival activity free of charge for audience members. Any donation, big or small, will contribute directly to the festival's ability to engage more people from more varied backgrounds with more wonderful, free, cultural and creative arts experiences. 45

Text Journeys to: 70470 to donate £5 70490 to donate £10 70085 to donate £20 Thanks, as always, for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at Journeys Festival International 2020. @JOURNEYSFEST // #JOURNEYSFESTIVAL


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ARTISTS FOR 2020

AMANI CREATIVES

LINTON MAGUME

AVITAL RAZ

MABEL CHAH

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For the first time, Journeys Festival International combines programming to bring you three weeks of digital creativity, online content and...

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For the first time, Journeys Festival International combines programming to bring you three weeks of digital creativity, online content and...

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