Top Ten Must See Events At The 2019 Journeys Festival International Leicester

From music, digital arts and discussion to cutting-edge performance,  Journeys Festival International Leicester returns to the city this month celebrating the artistic talents of local and international refugee and asylum seeker community artists.

Produced by local cultural development charity Artreach, the festival returns for its seventh year from 15th – 30th August with a programme packed full of an inspiring mix of live music, street theatre, interactive installations, films, talks and workshops.

Here’s our top ten picks of this year’s jam-packed programme:

I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See
16th – 30th August (Excluding Sundays)
12.00pm – 5.00pm
The Gallery, De Montfort University, Mill Lane, LE2 7BJ

A powerful exhibition by UK Photographer Giles Duley featuring a series of hundred images documenting the refugee crisis for UNCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). From the horror of boats arriving in Lesvos, to stark portraits of people stood against white backgrounds, Duley tells the story of refugees with the empathy his work is noted for

In partnership with De Montfort University

Portrait of a City
5th – 30th August

Transforming the city into an outdoor gallery, Portraits of a City features images of individuals representing Leicester’s diverse community. International artists, Sibomana and Farhad Berahman, have worked together to create these vibrant portraits using photography and digital collage, which will be displayed on buildings and Openreach (green) cabinets across the city

An Artreach commission funded by BID Leicester, The National Lottery Community Fund and supported by Openreach.

Pizza Shop Heroes
17th August
2.15pm & 7.30pm
RR2, Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, LE1 1SB

Dynamic, emerging company Phosophoros Theatre present Pizza Shop Heroes starring four young refugee men who came to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. Having told their stories repeatedly in the asylum system they are now reclaiming them. A unique exploration of masculinity and forced migration.

A Warm Welcome
15th – 30th August
Window spaces throughout Leicester City Centre and Curve theatres

A Warm Welcome is an intergenerational project bringing together unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people with older and second-generation refugees. Inspired by a letter written by Lord Dubs to newly arrived young refugees, the participants have worked with poet, Jess Green, to explore what they have learnt since arriving in the UK and what advice they’d give to new arrivals.

In collaboration with visual artist James Chantry, the participants have transformed these letters into posters that will be displayed in window spaces across Leicester City Centre.

Journeys Live
16th August
4.00pm – 8.00pm
Jubilee Square

Travel the world without moving from Jubilee Square with an evening of free entertainment featuring a line-up of incredible emerging and established artists from across continents.

The Channel
17th – 22nd August
Saturday 17 & Thursday 22 August
Soft Touch Arts 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 August
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery 11.00am – 5.00pm
Daily workshop with the artist
12.30pm – 1.30pm

For six days, people in Leicester will be able to connect with people indefinitely detained in UK immigration removal centres via the sculpture, which resembles an old-fashioned phone box.

16th & 17th August
Friday: Starting in Jubilee Square
Saturday: Various locations to be revealed soon

Angels is a series of video portraits projected around the city, talking to us, by surprise, in the most unexpected places. Refugee and asylum seeker participants from across the UK have created a series of visual and audio portraits reminding us all how we can cope with difficult situations and find strength in the things that comfort us.

Journeys Film & VR Programme
15th – 30th August

Explore the journeys taken through forced displacement and migration and the wider impact of change on societies with a programme of film screenings at Phoenix

Lives and Lemons
24th August
11.30am & 2.00pm
Clock Tower East Gates

Meander through the streets of Leicester with a gloriously colourful creation of fun, dance, music and song.

Festival Closing Party
#LastFriday at LCB Depot
30th August
4.00pm – 10.00pm

The festival will close on 30th August with a takeover of LCB Depot’s #LastFriday event. With delicious food from around the world and DJs playing global tunes for a FREE fun-filled Friday evening.

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