After 46 days of events between August and October, 180 cans of spray paint, 110 metres of gaffer tape, 15 pop-up performances, a theatre world premiere of Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors, a UK moving image premiere of Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys in the ethereal setting of Portsmouth Cathedral and an epic #JourneysFest Manchester Museum Take Over, Journeys Festival International showcased the work of more than 150 artists, both international and UK based, supported by 30 fantastic partner organisations, across 3 cities.
Across the host cities of Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth four core strands of activity took place – Look Up, Coffee Shop Conversations, The Container Project and the presentation of Burning Doors by Belarus Free Theatre – amongst a huge variety of other events that were enhanced by the landscape of each city. With each programming decision, relevant to each city, a different audience was engaged with the work and the issues raised by Journeys Festival International.
As the last week drew to a close in Portsmouth the ArtReach team received the news that the JOURNEYS project had been selected to receive Creative Europe support, through a unique call for projects that support the integration of refugees through arts. The funding will support Festival development in the UK host cities in 2017, and involve collaborative partnership working and delivery of events in Hamburg, Rome, Palermo and Budapest.
For more information and a full report of the 2016 Journeys Festival visit: www.journeysfestival.com