Project Description

Journeys Festival International Leicester returned for a seventh successful year to showcase a range of engaging work which celebrated the diversity and talents of refugee artists and the refugee and asylum-seeker community.

Local artists George Sfougaras and Linda Harding worked with Journeys Festival International ROOTS group to produce artworks for New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. George also produced a set of works for a Recovered Histories exhibition, partly in LCB Depot, partly in Leicester Cathedral. Inspired by members of the refugee and asylum-seeking community, it included a portrait of the Bishop of Loughborough, Bishop Guli.

Award-winning international photographer, Giles Duley, hosted his exhibition ‘I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See’ in partnership with De Montfort University and also appeared at an artist talk during the festival. The weekend was an opportunity to stumble across some thought-provoking artistic encounters thanks to Laurence Payot and Parang Khrezi project ‘Angels’. This was a series of video portraits projected around the city to transform the urban surroundings while celebrating the courage and optimism of displaced people.

Saturday was another busy day thanks to Soft Touch Arts hosting the immensely successful Global Kitchen sessions. Foodies could learn and sample international recipes created by chefs from the local community.

Theatre lovers could avoid the rush of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the Festival bought Edinburgh Fringe hit Pizza Shop Heroes to town. People had the chance to see Phosphoros Theatre’s Pizza Shop Heroes after its Edinburgh Fringe run and enjoy the artwork of A Warm Welcome, an intergenerational project in The Curve as well as other Leicester locations.

The festival ended on a high note as Journeys Festival International Leicester took over the successful #lastfriday monthly event in the hub of Leicester’s cultural quarter. The collective, The Promised Land spun global grooves, street-food enthusiasts had many options to enjoy while being entertained by the Mythm and their hand-pan performance.

The party atmosphere was a fabulous way to end the jam-packed 15 days of theatre, music, art, films, workshops and more that continues to highlight

See highlights from the film and gallery below.