Welcome to FESTIVAL 31!

19th June – 19th July 2017

We will be at Africa Oye this Saturday and Sunday if you fancy joining us and joining in perhaps with our postcard art living exhibition to let us know what gives us a sense of belonging. Thanks to the lovely Joe Farrag for the gazeebo for the weekend :-)

FESTIVAL31 is a month-long, Liverpool-wide celebration of arts and culture from refugee communities, using creative and social activity to widen opportunities for discussion and understanding of the refugee experience.

Nearly ready to roll!!! Are you ready to join in??? Check out the events calendar-  updated regularly with new activities and events

If you would like to get involved contact Karen at festival31.2014@gmail.com and we’ll get in touch! Most of our activity is delivered on a voluntary basis by our partners… we thank you for your continued commitment to the success of the festival!

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(Faris & Dorcas practising for their sound installation and performances coming up very soon during the festival)

FESTIVAL31 brings together refugees, wider communities, individuals, grassroots, small and large organisations for a 31 day experience across the whole city every year, starting on the same day as national Refugee Week celebrations… This year’s FESTIVAL31 is on a roll! We’re working with eight great artists (details being added to Artists 2017 page as they arrive!) and a fab team of volunteers… Tony explains why he has become involved with the festival:

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Being part of Festival 31 as a volunteer, will allow me to meet and share different experiences with other people. To learn about other cultures is the best way to understand them. It is an opportunity to bring all refugee communities together through social activities.
It is a good chance to let people know about refugees experiences and the difficulties that they have faced duing the process of relocating”

 

 

FESTIVAL 31 Coordinator?Curator Karen Wynne with volunteers Urbain and Lisa in deep discussion about planning the 1st contributors/partners meeting & follow up actions

Thanks to our 2017 funders: Arts Council England / Celebrate Big Lottery Fund / Hemby Trust

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Check out our 'Join Us' page if you've an idea or just want to get involved for 2017!

Music, exhibitions, campaigning, discussions, song, socials, art actions, workshops, food, education, awareness raising, poetry, stand up, drama, schools workshops, flashmobs, drumming, film screenings & more

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See below interviews with Bay TV, Up For Arts & BBC Radio Merseyside’s Upfront show from FESTIVAL31′s 2015 programme…

Ngunan Adamu interviews commissioned artist Reagan Tesfemariam and festival co-ordinator Karen Wynne for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Upfront show.

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Up For Arts team interview festival co-ordinator Karen Wynne.