Leeds Refugee Week – 14th – 21st June

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Anyone can get involved by organising, attending or taking part in activities. In Leeds events are co-ordinated by Leeds Refugee Forum and a full programme of 17 main …

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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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Bringing the World to Leeds

Three highly skilled photographers have captured inspiring images of Leeds with award their winning pictures as part of the One World Leeds photography competition. First prize goes to Paul Dishman for his photograph taken during Leeds Light Night. Paul’s colourful performer contrasted against the stark silhouette of Leeds Town Hall at sunset wowed the judges. You can find out more …

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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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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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Review of ‘Suitcase’: 75th Anniversary of Kindertransport

75 years ago, following urgent appeals from Quaker groups, Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, the British government agreed to take part in the emergency evacuation of Jewish children up to the age of seventeen from those countries under immediate threat from the rising Nazi Party. Set in train stations around the country, ‘Suitcase’ invites the audience to witness the experiences of …

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Refugee Week Exhibition

In celebration of Refugee Week this year, Invisible Curators will be holding an exhibition entitled “Home” from the 19th to the 24th of June in Kirkgate Market. We will be bringing together artworks from professional artists as well as from refugees themselves to explore how this notion of “Home” can help us relate to the experiences of refugees in the …

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