For the first time in its history, Journeys Festival International (which normally takes place in Leicester as well as Manchester and Portsmouth), will be delivering its 2020 programme digitally.
From 28th September – 18th October, the festival will explore different elements of the refugee experience, and living up to the festival name, will share artwork and events created by international artists who have sought sanctuary in Europe with a national and global audience.
Spanning across exhibitions, artist led creative workshops, a lively music program, film, performances and curated installations, alongside esteemed international artists and figures, the Festival will also be platforming young artists closer to home.
One of the global musician’s at this year’s festival is award-winning rapper and activist, Hip-Hop musician, Mohammed Yahya. On why this festival is so important, Mohammed said: “Being a person who was once a refugee I wholeheartedly support platforms that celebrate the contributions of refugees whether it is done through art, education or other outlets, I would like to get involved to share my art, my educational workshops and contribute towards the growth of this Festival, as well as take time to also develop my skills and learn from others who will also be sharing and educating.”
Journeys Festival has embraced the digital age in many ways and this year’s programme also includes a sci-fi adventure where audiences can travel to space in a 3D experience by two Manchester- based artists, Bedos Mavambu and Pablo Melchor of Another Story Collective. In Down Side Up, spoken word poetry, soundscapes and 3D illustrations will allow attendees to travel with young Bedos Mavambu from the Republic Democratic of Congo to the planet, Mancunia, before landing back on earth to share their tales of travelling with artists around their country, world and even further beyond.
These are just a couple of examples amongst a large varied programme. To find out more about the festival and the full programme visit www.journeysfestival.com.