Welcome to FESTIVAL 31!

19th June – 19th July 2017

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.

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…

FESTIVAL 31 2017 is on a roll!

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FESTIVAL31′s latest volunteer Tony explains why he has become involved as a volunteer with the festival.

‘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.’

Our next contributors and partners meeting will be scheduled for early May… 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! 

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… through a small grant fund from Arts Council England we are commissioning artists and collaborations for 2017. Celebrate Big Lottery fund are supporting two all singing, all dancing festival events for all, and the Hemby Trust are supporting volunteers and event activity. We’ll be sending out more info about small scale commissions for makers, musicians and artists from the refugee communities in the next couple of weeks!…

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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.