ArtReach joins a European network of events for World Refugee Day on 20 June 2018, as part of Journeys 2018. The events take place across our three cities: Manchester, Leicester and Portsmouth. Here are our four events:

 Journeys 2018 Queer Café Takeover

Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June 2018,  8pm – 9:30pm

Location: HOME, Café Bar,  2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

Description: ArtReach through Journeys 2018 has teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to bring you an evening celebrating diversity and the rights of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, through live music from young Eritrean singer Neda Naser, great art, craft activities and a quiz.

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Suspended, In Search of Light by Arabella Dorman – Launch Event

Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 6.30pm – 8pm

Location and venue: Leicester Cathedral,  2 Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ 

Description: To mark World Refugee Day,  ArtReach through Journeys 2018, and Leicester Cathedral are delighted to be hosting Arabella Dorman’s Suspended in the nave of the Cathedral. Composed of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees upon their arrival on the island of Lesbos, a stilled explosion will be created, inviting the viewer to contemplate the violent fragmentation experienced by the inhabitants of the garments. The Launch Event will feature live music and a welcome from Leicester Cathedral’s Dean, David Monteith, and the artist, Arabella Dorman. 


 MIGRATE: an exhibition by Unicef NextGEN 

Dates and time: 18th – 23rd June, 9am – 5pm

Location and venue: Light Box, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE 

Description: As part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project, MIGRATE presents new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James. Despite its staggering scale, living in the UK we are largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis that has swept across continental Europe. This exhibition hopes to encourage dialogue and raise more awareness of the crisis among British people.


 Simo Lagnawi in concert

Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 8pm – 10pm

Location and venue: Edge of the Wedge (The Wedgewood Rooms)  147b Albert Road, Portsmouth PO14 0JW 

Description:  Join us for a special evening with Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK, Simo Lagnawi. Simo endeavours to spread understanding of the sacred Gnawa tradition, and to introduce his own movements of Gnawa fusion to wider audiences. So, why not let Simo and his friends transport you to Morocco for an enthralling evening of world music. PLUS, special guests The People’s Lounge. Simo comes to Portsmouth as part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project and Portsmouth Festivities Refugee Week celebrations.


You can find all these events, and other events across the country for Refugee Week on: