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Journeys festival makes a stop off at Attenborough Arts Centre

The Attenborough Arts Centre is hosting an event as part of the ArtReach's 'Journeys' festival, which celebrates the artistic talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists, sharing refugee stories through great art and culture.

The University's arts centre will be hosting 'The Art of Displacement', a Salon event that shares the inspiration for the festivals work, including artistic contributions from European partners based in Rome, Palermo, Hamburg and Budapest. The evening’s Salon will consist of three interactive break-out workshops led by artists and speakers from the fields of visual arts, performance and fact based research. The workshops will explore the artist’s projects working with refugee and asylum seeker communities across Europe. This will be followed by refreshments and a panel discussion that invites audience response and debate around the workshops, associated issues of displacement and the role of art to enable positive integration.

Presented by leading arts development agency, ArtReach, Journeys Festival International (JFI) returns for its fifth annual event in Leicester until 3 September and will showcase the finest work from local and international refugee artists through a range of exciting, inspiring and accessible creative events. This year the festival received the UK’s first ‘Festival of Sanctuary’ Award - a prestigious title awarded by charity City of Sanctuary recognising the Festival's work delivering great art that supports refugee artists and shares the experience of those seeking refuge.

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