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Larger audiences than ever supported and enjoyed the exciting range of high quality art on offer at Journeys Festival International Leicester in August 2018.

The 10-day Festival (17-26 August), celebrating the talents of refugee artists,  included a powerful and eclectic range of work from the screening of world famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow to a Pop-Up exhibition of artwork from the Calais Jungle.

Creative activities took on a new lease of life at the New Walk Museum Takeover with a fun-filled Saturday of things to do and world cookery demonstrations at Soft Touch Arts. Artist and photographer, Farhad Berahman, explored his large-scale outdoor exhibition with an Art Walk and Coffee Shop Conversation. Led by the artist and Leicester Print Workshop, attendees finished the evening with complementary tea and cake!

A series of films and live music performances were delivered under Arabella Dorman’s powerful installation, Suspended, in Leicester Cathedral. A fantastic partner to festival the Cathedral witnessed a series of events including stories of refugees and asylum seekers from the LGBT+ community.

Saturday featured a day full of newly commissioned Street Theatre performances alongside a spectacular VOICES parade, all part of our European project, funded by Creative Europe. The dancing and revelry culminated in a finale performance in Jubilee Square where the group sang uplifting messages of “welcome” to their audience.

Parrabbola Theatre gave families the chance to experiment with making beautiful wind-powered music during their performance, Wheeze: Winds of Change. Many loved the ArtReach commission of an interactive large scale musical instrument, before the Generalissima and her evil henchman came to spoil the fun in a performance cleverly using the universality of music to sidestep language barriers.

Following this, another VOICES performance, Arte Studio’s One Table and Five Chairs, Or Actually Six wowed audiences. A seemingly simple game of tables, chairs and costume, the dance theatre piece, created by a company from Rome, explored boundaries and identity and held a large audience in fascination.

Then the final VOICES performance saw Teatrul National Radu Stance (Sibiu, Romania) combine street art, theatre, dance and music in Behind the Wall.

Journeys Festival International Leicester continues to grow from strength to strength with another successful 10 days of theatre, music, art, films and workshops, bringing communities together in multicultural Leicester.

​See highlights from the festival in the film and gallery below.