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25 August 2015  -  24 September 2015

Coffee Shop Conversations


Various venues across Leicester

The Coffee Shop Conversations project from ArtReach is a programme of informal ‘in-conversation with’ talks in a number of independent coffee shops across Leicester City centre on the theme of ‘Unity through Creativity’.

The events will take place from late August 2015 – to coincide with Leicester City Festival and Journeys Festival (30th to 31st August in Orton Square) and run through to November 2015 – to coincide with the national Platforma Festival (delivered by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with Artreach).

The project focuses on bringing people from different backgrounds, ages and communities in Leicester to share in the experiences of refugees to the city – taking that directly to the wider community and encouraging interaction and discussion. Each session will host a specialist arts practitioner and be chaired by an appropriate advocate for the refugee and creative community.

The talks are open to everyone – especially people wanting to learn more about refugee communities. The aim is to recount experiences and invite questions within a shared and relaxed community environment. We want to encourage greater understanding, tolerance and ultimately greater community cohesion through these events and take a small step toward tackling the problem of isolation felt and experienced by many refugees.

Come along to listen, share and enjoy delicious complimentary tea/coffee and snacks in one of the wonderful independent cafes in Leicester.

Tuesday 25th August

Unity through Creativity: Visual Art

How does moving to a new city affect and influence artwork? Kurdish-British artist Behjat Omer Abdulla will discuss the inspiration behind his thought provoking artwork, featured in the ‘Look Up’ gallery project, as part of Journeys Festival.
Chaired by Dan Lamoon (Seed Creativity)
A special artist-led tour of the exhibition will happen immediately after the session.
Venue: Gray’s @ LCB Depot 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE 0116 261 6800
Time: 10:30am-12:00noon

Monday 31st August

Unity through Creativity: Music

How can music act as a vehicle for sharing experiences? Ethiopian singer Haymanot Tesfa will give a short performance of her enchanting vocal melodies before discussing how her music has developed through traditional forms through to creating a contemporary music fusion. Chaired by Carol Leeming FRSA.
Venue: The Exchange 50 Cultural Quarter, Leicester LE1 1RD 0116 251 3434
Time: 10:30am-12:00noon

Tuesday 8th September

Unity through Creativity: Women’s Craft

Objects tell stories, especially those crafted by hand. Join women from different cultures and backgrounds coming together to share their creations…and the stories they tell. Please feel free to bring along something you have made that tells a story!
Chaired by Colleen Molloy (Leicester City of Sanctuary)
Venue: St Martin’s Tea & Coffee 2-6 St Martin’s Walk, Leicester LE1 5DG 0116 251 2879
Time: 10:30am-12:00noon

Thursday 24 September

Unity through Creativity – Young Refugees

An opportunity to hear about the fantastic projects young refugees are involved with in Leicester – a chance to share experiences and ideas.
Chaired by Alison Birch (After18) and supported by Charnwood Arts.
Venue: Phoenix Cafe 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG 0116 242 2800
Time: 4.00-5.30pm