ROSEVILLE – One road, a thousand stories

Tea, dim sum and a pint of ‘Roscoe’ – Leeds based theatre company A Quiet Word create a walking performance on Roseville Road with local residents.   With support from Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England, theatre company A Quiet Word is working with the residents and businesses of Roseville Road this autumn to tell untold stories of the people …

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Syria Speaks! in Bradford

The critic and novelist Robin Yassin-Kassab said that, in a way, it is less depressing being in Syria or just across the boarder, than over here because individual lives are being revolutionized; every single man, woman and child has an horrifying story to tell but still, people have stayed on, working under very dangerous circumstances giving hope to the future. …

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Taking refugees to the opera

Part of what makes Leeds such a great city is its vibrant music scene. There is no lack of venues for all genres: rock, jazz, indie, classical, world, opera. But is it not always enjoyed by all members of the community. Alone and away from home, struggling in poverty against a bureaucratic system that might bring deportation with little warning, …

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ReachOUT Leeds

ReachOUT is a Leeds-based support and advocacy charity for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. As February saw the country celebrate LGBT History Month, we talked with Jess MacIntyre, who founded the group in 2012,  about the work that ReachOUT does in Leeds. What made you found ReachOUT Leeds? I had worked in refugee services for about 5 …

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Immigration // Représentation Festival

Immigration //Représentation is a new initiative by French, Cultural and Communication students at the University of Leeds exploring and challenging representations of immigration in francophone cinema. Throughout March they will host a series of free film screening on the Leeds University campus as well as research workshops exploring contemporary representations of immigration. The festival will culminate with an free event …

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Leeds No Borders Celebrates International Migrant Day

The United Nations adopted the ‘International Convention onthe Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of TheirFamilies’ on the 18th December 1990. To celebrate the 10th anniversary in 2000 the General Assembly declared the 18th December International Migrant Day. This year’s message from Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, was to: “…make migration work for the benefit …

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