Journeys Festival International Leicester have announced an incredible line-up for the 6thyear running.

From 17-26 August, Journeys Festival International Leicester, explores refugee experiences through great art, from a large-scale outdoor art exhibition to a full Weekender of music and international performance, there’s something for everyone within this major Leicester festival.

Highlights of the festival include;‘Look Up’ a large scale outdoor exhibition which will be installed across the city centre; animated shorts and documentary screenings; and several art exhibitions around the city. We can also expect creative workshops, cookery demonstrations and performances from international companies, as the Festival strives to identify and exhibit the exceptional work and extraordinary talents of refugee artists.

David Hill, Director of ArtReach, Producer of the Festival told us, “This year’s Festival features our most ambitious programme to date. Personally I’m looking forward to The Weekender over August Bank Holiday weekend. These two days are hugely busy and include international street theatre performances as part of our VOICES programme, performances which have only been seen in the UK once before. The weekend also features local musician, Lydia Unsudimi, as we hold a full day of outdoor gigs in Jubilee Square on Sunday 26 August. It’s incredible to provide a platform for artists to explore refugee experiences through great art and we hope that the people of Leicester will enjoy this fabulous series of events.”

The powerful installation Suspended, by artist Arabella Dorman, which is open until August 28 at Leicester Cathedral is also part of this year’s Festival and not only can people engage with this thought provoking exhibition free of charge, there are more associated events to enjoy too. The Cathedral will host a screening of Human Flowby Ai Weiwei on 25 August and there is a special concert planned for 24 August featuring two gigs in one night, free access in the magnificent settings of the Cathedral.

Other highlights include, Future Aleppo, an exhibition by a 13 year old boy who, initially, rebuilt his home city of Aleppo in paper models as a reaction to the bombing of his hometown. Future Aleppohas since been converted into a virtual reality experience and you can witness both paper and VR installation at Phoenix during the Festival. Journeys Festival Internationalalso hosts a ‘takeover’ of New Walk Museum on 18 August, a full day of creative arts, animated shorts for youngsters, a museum re-labelling programme and other things to keep children and young people entertained. Soft Touch Arts is also involved on 18 August, as the team host cookery demonstrations, during which, participants can see world food preparation and then get to sample the goodies they have learned about that day.

To see the full programme head to www.journeysfestival.com/leicester or grab yourself a printed brochure from LCB Depot.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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