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Magic for Smiles (MFS) was piloted in early 2016 in Lebanon and set up as a charity in 2019 by the long term humanitarian and magician of 30 years, Jamie Balfour-Paul (stage name Jamie Jibberish due to the extensive use of his magic language). MFS is based in Oxford UK and promotes humanitarian magic – […]

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Manchester-based African-led Arts and Cultural organisation Amani Creatives has received funding to support post-COVID resilience. This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The support will […]

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12th February 2021

Margarita Novikova offers an invitation for collaboration. As a multimedia artist and a former journalist my expertise is to make thematic collections of real human stories interactive, aiming to amplify communities’ voices and create a mechanism for them to be heard. I run an online interactive platform Be Heard Museum to present my projects based on […]


24th November 2020

Editor in Chief Giulia Ciccolella introduces Ekō Magazine Ekō Magazine aims to produce more authentic and ethical journalism by providing a platform for people to speak for themselves and to amplify their voice to challenge mainstream media’s reporting on the so-called migrant crisis. Focussing on storytelling and art, our collaborative project gathers first-hand accounts by […]


By Stephen Burke In February 2020 we began work on an arts/media project with a group of teenage boys, Syrian Refugees, whose families had been resettled in Leeds. The boys met twice weekly at a youth club for 2 hours on a Friday and they played football on a Tuesday evening. The ambition for the […]

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Susan Metwali introduces a 30 minute practice especially for Refugee Week: gently moving your body, breath and voice, to relax, ground, release, energise and alter your emotional response to a present situation. Although I would not call the sequence in my video, ‘Yoga’ in the classical sense, it does have elements that are in line […]

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10th March 2020

By Joy C Martindale Trailblazers (2020) is a new artwork which brings together the creative explorations of a group of 14 to 19-year-olds over the course of seven workshops at Walmer Castle. The teenagers are unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by KRAN in Canterbury. This project has set out to give participants […]

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18th December 2019

Flock Project is an installation of over 200 ceramic birds. It was initiated by artist Julie Nelson as an interpretation of Brighton’s starling murmurations which occur in Winter evenings close to where Julie lives and works. The project has developed the migration theme into a series of clay bird making workshops for members of the […]


By Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer, City Of Sanctuary City of Sanctuary UK is a network contributing to building the movement for welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. We promote understanding, recognition and celebration of the ways in which people seeking sanctuary enrich society and seek positive change. Our goal is to create […]

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18th September 2019

A new podcast series has been designed and developed by the Finnish Institute to open debate and discussion around the practice of working with migrant communities. London-based community artist Arji Manuelpillai meets some of the inspiring people working with migrant communities in London and Helsinki and discusses with the guests about issues and challenges, practical […]

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5th September 2019

By India Rose from Yellow Projects 27 – 29 September 2019 School of Fine Arts, Athens The Yellow Days is a three-day cultural festival, inviting members of Athens’ refugee community to participate equally with Greek and international contributors. As newcomers, visitors and locals share music, dance, art-making, and meals, they bond beyond linguistic and social barriers. […]


25th July 2019

By Amy FW Corcoran and Isobel Roele On 10th June this year, an artist, and academic, and about thirty 12 and 13 year-olds from Mile End in East London pitched up at Tate Modern, all set to make a giant Snakes & Ladders board. This might sound like the beginning of a joke, but its […]

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By Shivaji Das In the context of growing political and social antagonism towards refugees and lower wage economic migrants, the Migrant Poetry Competition was first held in 2014 in Singapore, in 2015 in Malaysia, and in Kenya in 2019. These events have since been held every year and in December 2018, similar platforms in Taiwan, […]

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5th March 2019

By Anrike Piel Peace in Exile is a book consisting of a collection of portraits and personal statements of young women refugees. It debunks myths by stating verified facts while as well explaining and highlighting the hard work of grassroot non-governmental organisations working in some of the most difficult circumstances. In times of circulation of […]


27th September 2018

Mary Chater on ‘Rhymetime’ with East Sussex Libraries at the Links Project, St Leonard’s on Sea, Hastings Five little ducks went swimming from July 2017 to March 2018 in the company of Incy Wincy Spider, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, See The Little bunnies and Humpty Dumpty. Last year East Sussex Libraries set up a weekly ‘Rhymetime’ […]