The second presentation of Journeys Festival took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Leicester’s beautiful and historic Town Hall Square. The multi artform Refugee and Asylum Seeker event included live performance, creative workshops, visual arts, musical styles from across the globe and moving image in the ArtReach Nanoplex.

Sunday began brightly as Testimony and the Zimbabwe Association Choir took to the Performance Tent. Audiences flocked to the tent and happily joined in the party atmosphere as the early morning sunshine basked the festival site. Later that day the crowd was treated to a world class collaboration between Ethiopian Singer, Haymanot Tesfa and Egyptian multi-instrumentalist Mina Salama, among many other talented Refugee Artists.

Day Two saw audiences dance along to the fusion style of Les Elus before enjoying terrific inter-cultural and multilingual poetry from Word Jam, and later in the day Libyan Tuareg singer Danto Aiyya wowed audiences with his desert blues. The final performance in the Performance Tent was from exceptional multicultural group MUHA, who returned to play their second Journeys Festival.

Complimenting the live music performances was a selection of artist workshops including portrait drawing with Azerbaijani artist Ali Agayev and kite making with Harish Mandalia and participants from Leicester City of Sanctuary.

The festival concluded with a special screening of the 2014 feature film Leave to Remain, which was screened to a sell-out crowd at Phoenix Cinema. Accompanying the film was a thought provoking Q&A session with the films BAFTA award winning Director, Bruce Goodison; a wonderful way to bring Journeys Festival 2014 to a close.

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