Journeys Festival International Leicester is now in full flow and taking place across Leicester until 30 August. This week performance really takes centre stage with music, theatre and free entertainment.

One of the most anticipated performance features of the festival is Pizza Shop Heroes, which is coming to Curve on Saturday 17 August with shows at 2.15pm and 7.30pm. We’ve also got a pair of tickets to give away to this performance. Skip to the bottom to enter!

Pizza Shop Heroes is the work of four former child refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania, who bring their own real life experiences to the stage to give us a sketch show that is loosely set around the counter of an “Indian-Italian pizza shop”. These four boys arrived separately in the UK as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are now here on stage to make sure the stories they tried so hard to communicate on their own personal journey are heard at last, by transforming their real life struggles to this powerful and funny sketch show.

The production comes from one of the leading refugee theatre groups in the UK, telling the stories of these 4 young men working together in an average pizza shop . Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their asylum claims, they’re now reclaiming these words and bringing them to the stage in a hugely different format.

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Seeing stereotypes of UK life through the eyes of a newcomer, woven in with stories from prisons in Libya and Greece, to conversations with absent mothers; laughter and empathy are shared in equal measures throughout the performance.

Tickets for the performances are available from the Curve website.

“It will change your perception. It will make you understand more. It is a play that should be seen by all.” North West End *****

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Elsewhere during Journeys Festival International Leicester be sure to head to Jubilee Square on Friday 16 August to see the wonderful Routes production from Theatre Temoin. Perfect for families, you can expect to enjoy large scale puppetry bringing the performance to life. Telling the story of a group of friends who find themselves caught between homes, they’re confronted by tests, trials and magical creatures. The production will start near Jubilee Square as attendees are taken on an adventure using comedy and large scale puppets to explore new journeys and discover those they meet along the way. You can enjoy the performance at 3.30pm and 8pm on Friday 16 August.

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Also taking place on Friday 16 August on Jubilee Square is the stand-out Journeys Live concert, allowing you to travel the world without ever leaving Jubilee Square. An evening of free entertainment featuring a line-up of incredible emerging and established artists from continents across the glove. Enjoy global vibes, musical talent, creative workshops and street food as Jubilee Square is brought to life from 4pm – 8pm.


Journeys Live is completely free to attend and will feature musicians from USA, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For full information on all events please visit the Journeys Festival International Leicester website.


We have a pair of tickets to see the brilliant Pizza Shop Heroes on Saturday 17 August. All you need to do to enter is fill in your details in the form below. The winner will be selected at 8pm on Thursday 15 August.

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