Welcome to FESTIVAL 31!

Even more exciting news!

Thanks to a small grant fund from Arts Council England we are commissioning large scale artworks and collaborations for 2017, as well as several small scale commissions for makers, musicians and artists from the refugee communities.

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Also, The Hemby Trust have granted £600 towards volunteer led community activity and events during the festival this year. Fandabidosy greeeeat! Watch out for the call outs…



FESTIVAL 31 2017 is on a roll!

Another contributors meeting will be scheduled for end of March if you want to come along with suggestions of what you can do for the festival OR…

to join in send Karen an email to festival31.2014@gmail.com to state your interest and suggest an activity you’d like to deliver and we will get in touch!

Most activities are delivered on a voluntary basis by people who care and are passionate, and we thank everyone who does so for your commitment!

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


We’ve been granted a small fund from Big Lottery Celebrate Funding to actually start planning early- yes it’s amazing we started planning in December 2016!!!

So there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved and we’ll keep you updated

About the festival…

Liverpool’s celebration of arts & culture from refugee communities and widened opportunity for discussion and understanding around the refugee experience. FESTIVAL 31 brings together refugees, wider communities, individuals, grassroots, small and larger organisations for a 31 day experience across the whole city every year, starting on the same day as national Refugee Week celebrations…

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This year we had several activities, exhibitions or events daily, working with over 30 organisations and community activists to deliver an ever expanding programme throughout the month.

For 2016 (20th June – 20th July) there were lots of opportunities to get involved. 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, flasmobs, drumming, film screenings & more

A big THANK YOU so far Big Lottery Celebrate Fund for supporting the finances of the 2017 programme.


Festival 31 Logo 2015

See below for interviews with Bay TV, Up For Arts & BBC Radio Merseyside’s Upfront show for the 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.