FESTVAL31 is a month long festival providing a platform for organisations and activists from within the Merseyside region to celebrate refugee arts & culture and widen the dialogue around the refugee experience.
The festival has been running since 2014 and it is organised by SOLA ARTS, PARTINERS and other SUPPORTERS. However SOLA ARTS does not prescribed activity during the festival as it happens mainly through the commitment, passion and activities run by the local community. We encourage activities that happen in the community and often in communities where the dialogue around refugee issues is not common place.
Our role is to initiate and bring together activities contributed in the festival annually, gain what ever funding we can to ensure a core delivery of a launch and ending event and when possible commission refugee artists to creative artwork which extends the discourse of the theme of National refugee Week that year. No one year of FESTIVAL 31 is the same. Because the community dictate what they want to deliver and ensure quality of this, the community pretty much dictate the programme.