By Jonny Dillon
Talented creatives from around the world heading to Leicester for the Journeys Festival International Leicester across August 15-30
Artists, musicians, creative art leaders and performers from around the world are all coming together to celebrate the seventh annual return of Journeys Festival International Leicester, produced by ArtReach, which runs across the city from August 15-30.
From European street theatre to live music from Zambia, USA, Zimbabwe and Mozambique with exhibitions by artists from France, Greece, Italy and Iran. Plus, installations, outdoor galleries and creative arts workshops from a range of UK artists working in asylum-seeking communities.
This year’s festival will bring artists from over 15 different countries to Leicester to explore a diverse range of arts events, exhibitions, concerts and family-friendly workshops for people to enjoy.
The annual event will feature a free outdoor concert by world-class musicians and bands. Festival highlights include the Journeys Live event on August 16, focusing activity around Jubilee Square.
People will also be able to enjoy global cuisine, roaming street theatre performances and an incredible mobile digital art display on Friday, August 16 in the afternoon and evening.
The Portrait of a City exhibition - funded by BID Leicester, The National Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England - can be seen around Leicester already, and has turned the city into an outdoor gallery with large portraits taking over prominent buildings and Openreach (green) cabinets celebrating people who call Leicester home, and all come from different cultural or geographical backgrounds.
I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See is a photographic exhibition ran in partnership with De Montfort University by award-winning photographer Giles Duley, and also features a chance to meet the man himself at a free artist talk.
The Festival team take over New Walk Museum with Journeys through the Museum on August 15, featuring a wide range of family-friendly creative arts activities, exhibitions and performances.
A pop-up old-style phone box-based installation, The Channel, will be available at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts on New Walk from August 17-22. The Channel uses digital communication tools to help break down barriers in our communities.
Another digital project, Enharmonic, will take over All Saints Church from August 19-25 with a sound installation inspired by the ancient building itself and which ends in a live concert featuring a curious instrument called an Ondes Martenot.
Whilst fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Pizza Shop Heroes, a play featuring actors who all have first-hand experience of forced migration, performs as part of the national tour at Curve theatre on August 17.
To make your plans for the festival, download your own copy of the full programme here www.journeysfestival.com/jfileics2019 or grab yourself a printed brochure from LCB Depot.