Migration Matters

Multiple locations
- , 2017

Tickets cost £ pay-what-you-decide

Celebrating culture, creativity and diversity.

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In 2007 Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary – a place that welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees, that offers a hand to people in need of safety. This Refugee Week, join in a celebration of diversity in the city with the Migration Matters arts festival.

The five-day festival brings Sheffield's communities together with artists from all over the world for a celebration of food, culture and performance.

The Migration Matters 2017 programme includes poet-playwright-performer Inua Ellams, workshops in everything from sewing to dance, as well as fashion shows, storytelling, talks and dinners. 

Theatre Delicatessen will host the opening and closing parties, bringing together Indian dance, Congolese Afrobeat and much more. Meanwhile Saturday 24 June is a big day for shows at the theatre, with Third Angel and SBC Theatre presenting The Journeys – a seven-hour, drop-in durational map-making performance – plus interactive performance We Are Not Birds, Indian dance-drama musical Bahukon, satirical theatre set in the Calais Jungle with Borderline, and more.

On top of all that, the Showroom will screen a programme of films on themes of migration, followed by talks and discussions. The Art House will be home to an exhibition of photos of refugee crises throughout the festival, as part of Amnesty's I Welcome campaign. And DINA will present work by Yasmina Hamaidia exploring female confidence and identity in the exhibition Momak.

Other programme highlights include a looping performance outside the railway station giving participants chance to say goodbye to anything/anyone they want, a series of music nights at DINA – including one dedicated to live coding and electronic music from Chile, and a chance to trade tales for cups of tea at the Story Swap Cafe.

See the full (very packed!) programme.