Journeys Festival International

Various locations, North West, United Kingdom

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 09:00 to Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 21:00

Leading arts development agency, ArtReach, presents Journeys Festival International (JFI) for the second time in Manchester. The festival celebrates the artistic talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists, sharing refugee stories through great art and culture. Recently awarded the first “Festival of Sanctuary” status by City of Sanctuary, JFI takes place at venues throughout the city from 02 – 15 October to showcase the finest artworks and performances from local and international refugee artists through a range of exciting, insightful and accessible creative events.

Artists include celebrated poet and author Lemn Sissay; Edinburgh Fringe 2017 star Selina Thompson; Turner prize nominee Mark Titchner; a new co-commissioned performance from Aakash Odedra Company; JOURNEYS Weekender headliners 47 SOUL and Krar Collective; emerging Iranian rapper Farhood and a collaboration between In Place of War, ArtReach and Journeys Festival International present the show stopping GRRRL.

Events include:

Look Up presents Mark Titchner and United for Change

02 – 15 Oct

Look Up is JFI’s large scale art exhibition which sees a unique collaboration between Turner prize nominee Mark Titchner and United for Change, a refugee and asylum seeker led advocacy group.

Associated Art Walks and Conversation events. [See more]

Aakash Odedra Company’s #JeSuis (In Progress) at Contact

10 – 12 Oct

Following the award of Amnesty International’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a powerful reaction from its presentation as part of JFI in Leicester, #JeSuis comes to leading national theatre and arts venue, Contact.

Choreographed and directed by internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Aakash Odedra #JeSuis (In Progress) is performed by a group of Turkish dancers. The contemporary dance explores issues of displacement, movement and what ‘home’ means when millions are on the move. BOOK NOW


Orbit Festival 2017 in partnership with Journeys Festival International

03 - 15 Oct

Orbit Festival 2017 brings together innovative new work from theatre makers across the globe who want to explore our place in the world. Featuring Lemn Sissay's Something Dark, Selina Thompson's salt. , Palmyra and more. [See more]


JOURNEYS Weekender

14 – 15 October

Presenting two days of free entertainment featuring a line-up of incredible emerging and established refugee artists from across the globe. A main stage of world music talent includes Farhood, 47 SOUL, Poetic Pilgrimage and GRRRL - A Refutronic Choir. [See more]


Journeys Festival International Manchester Museum Takeover

Sat 07 Oct

The festival takes over the inspiring spaces of the museum with eclectic entertainment including:

Flying Carpets presented by Community Arts North West

An immersive journey into the hidden stories behind some of the museum’s collections. Created and performed by refugee artists, Flying Carpets explores historical links to Manchester’s refugee communities through music, dance and storytelling.

Plus, creative workshops for the family, music performances, exhibitions from Rethink Rebuild Society and discussion and debate with University of Manchester. [See More]


And... much much more!

See the full programme at

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Lemn Sissay (United Kingdom), Selina Thompson (United Kingdom), Mark Titchner (United Kingdom), Aakash Odedra Company (United Kingdom), Belarus Free Theatre (United Kingdom), 47 SOUL (United Kingdom), Mohammed Yahya, Manchester International Roots Orchestra, Amani Collective, Simo Lagnawi and Gnawa London, Farhood, Poetic Pilgrimage, GRRRL - A Refutronic Choir, Krar Collective
United Kingdom
North West
Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA
Cathedral Gardens, Corporation street, Manchester, M4 3BG
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL