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Migration Matters: UK’s Largest Refugee Week Festival Returns To Sheffield

Migration Matters Festival Motif
Migration Matters Festival Motif

The Migration Matters Festival takes place in two parts this year during June and July.

Migration Matters Festival Returns To Sheffield

The UK’s largest Refugee Week festival makes its return to Sheffield this June, with an online programme of events.

Additionally, a range of physical in-person follow-up events will take place in July.

Refugee Week takes place 14-20 June, when the virtual festival will take place. The physical festival will take place across Sheffield between 9-17 July.

“We are proud that through the challenges presented by COVID-19, Migration Matters Festival expanded to reach new audiences and have varied artists from all over the world joining us. In gratitude to everyone who has supported us and also to our traditional Sheffield audiences who could not access us digitally, we have put together a programme that is inspirational, entertaining and truly reflective of global solidarity at such a crucial time.”Sam Holland, Migration Matters Festival Director

Migration Matters Festival
Migration Matters Festival

Varied Programme Of Events for Migration Matters Festival

The festival line-up will feature rich and varied talent from across Sheffield and the UK. Venues include Abbeydale Picture House, Portland Works and Theatre Deli.

Talks, workshops, cookalongs and more will take place across the festival. Starting virtual festival proceedings will be ‘Ungrateful Refugee’ author Dina Nayeri reading excerpts from Refugee Tales VI.

Migration Matters Festival
Anqa Portrait Image (Isobelle Ford). Photo: Migration Matters Festival

Other events include comedian Daliso Chapanda (of Britain’s Got Talent fame), Kenyan singer Nyaurauch, 9-piece female fronted Afro-Latin Jazz band, Colectiva, spoken word artist Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan, Hip-Hop dance troupe Wayward Thread, award-winning comedian Ken Cheng and much more!

We’re grateful for all the support that the people of Sheffield have shown over the years. 2020 was very difficult for us, and we are glad that in rising to the challenge, we found a new community of supporters in 99 countries. We hope that the two-part festival will define a path of inspiration going forward.”Tchiyiwe Chihana, Migration Matters Festival Trustee

Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield
Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield

Tickets And How To Watch Migration Matters Events

The online programme of events are free to view with an option to donate.

Tickets for physical events will be on a pay-what-you-decide basis via the Tickets for Good platform to ensure everyone can engage with the festival programme.

For more information and for any updates to the event programme, check the Migration Matters Festival website.

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