UK cultural development agency ArtReach (, is leading an ambitious partnership of European organisations to deliver the EU Creative Europe funded Voices of Solidarity (VOICES) project. VOICES

Partners with ArtReach are the major street arts festival altonale (Hamburg, Germany), children’s museum Explora – Il Museo Dei Bambini di Roma (Rome, Italy), community development agency CESIE (Palermo, Italy) and international theatre and Festival organisation Teatrul National Radu Stanca (Sibiu,Romania).

VOICES comprise:

Four new commissions of site specific outdoor theatre created in each of the UK, Germany, Italy and Romania, and presented together in each partner country. ArtReach has committed the UK commission to Parrabbola, who will be creating Wheeze – The Wind of Change with UK performances in London (July) and Leicester (26 August).

Five processional performance events created and delivered in each of Palermo, Hamburg, London and Leicester. The events will involve hundreds of local people and newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers in each location, creating a colourful parade, based on the theme of “Welcome”.

The two elements of the project will maximise engagement of audiences by being performed free in public spaces. VOICES will be presented in the spring to autumn 2018 at Explora Museum, Rome on 22 April.

David Hill, Director of ArtReach said “VOICES is a further development of our inspiring European partnership work, exploring new artistic collaboration and with a strong element of audience development including the integration of refugees and asylum seekers.”

There is a call out for participants in late January too so look out for that or register interest in taking part by emailing

Photo: Night of Festivals London, Freedom 2016

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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