Upcoming Events

Weekly creative workshops with Journeys Festival International - 5 May to August 2019

'In preparation for Journeys Festival International, Artreach will be running free weekly workshops from now until August, during which the group will learn new performance skills including storytelling, music, singing, dancing, puppetry, circus, craft; then create a promenade street theatre performance in Leicester City Centre in August as part of Journeys Festival International. We would love to have a really mixed and inter-generation group so we are encouraging people to bring their children, grandchildren and friends, so please share this far and wide.'

British Red Cross Refugee week event - 15 June 2019

Refugee Week - 17 to 23 June 2019

'Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.'

Birds of Hope - 20 June 2019

'Kites and smaller handheld birds will be decorated by year 4 students at Rowlatts Hill Primary School and will carry messages of hope to children in the Vial camp on the island of Chios, Greece. A storybook will also be produced, which will be sent over along with blank cards for the children in Vial to decorate and send back to Rowlatts Hill. It is hoped that this will be the start of a ‘dialogue’ between those stuck in camps and children in Leicester.'

Journeys of Destiny - Attenborough Arts Centre - 21 June 2019

'We mark National Refugee week with the inspiring true story of a young Syrian refugee, Saad AlKassab, who fled to Australia in 2014.

Young performers from Bridge Primary School will appear alongside the professional actors, using original music, song, verbatim accounts and their own stories about going from the known to the unknown. This exciting theatre piece explores migration and immigration, and the emotional resilience needed for transition and change.'

Welcome to the Museum - New Walk Museum and Art Gallery - 23 June 2019

Celebrate Refugee Week with free arts, crafts and performance from our many communities, new and old, local and from all over the world!

Enjoy the launch of a display of artwork created by the Roots Group exploring the question - What is ‘Home’?

Where did our Ancient Egyptian mummies come from? Find out, and map your or your family’s journey to Leicester on a world map using coloured threads to pin the key places where you or your family have made their home. The result will show a colourful weaving of our great city of Leicester – home to people from every corner of the world!

Help to create a giant collage to explore what we mean by ‘home’, both our places of origin or where our families first came from, and our home here in Leicester.

The famous portrait of King Richard III has ‘come home’ to Leicester for the summer – lent by the National Portrait Gallery to New Walk Museum in a project to explore home and identity. Meet the Focus Youth group who will be using a wireless printer to print off your selfies which you can alter and change to express your own identity and feelings about the issues that are important to you, then add them to our display.

Decorate a giant hand to attach to our railings to welcome all our visitors into the museum.

Investigate traditional Indian ‘Torans’ – welcome hangings to place above the door of your home to welcome visitors. Create a felt hanging to add a welcome to your own home.

Journeys Festival International - August 2019

University of Sanctuary Conference - York St. John University - Wednesday 4 September

City of Sanctuary Midlands Regional Gathering - University of Leicester - Saturday 5 October



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