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refugee festival in manchester hosted by Sheba Arts

Refugee celebrations

It has been a busy month for most refugee communities and the art sector across the country as the refugee week was celebrated by festivals and venues from the 18th  to 21st of June.

There were two great events in Manchester. The main refugee festival was held at HOME,  in collaboration with Community Arts North West and charity organisations such as Rainbow Haven, WAST and other charities working with refugees.  I was honoured to be part of this festival with my one-woman show.

I performed One More Push at the New Adelphi Theatre in Salford on the 8th of June. I graduated from Salford University last year and that’s why I chose to collaborate with them. It has been a great experience I would love to work with them again.

My second performance was at HOME, on the 18th of June.

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I had a lovely audience at both events and enjoy performing for them.

One More Push is an autobiographical piece, reflecting on my life journey from Iran to the UK and from a journalist and political activist to an artist. That was my first solo show and it received positive feedback from the audience and also a 3-star review by Manchester theatre awards.

Another festival held by Journey’s festival in collaboration with WIthworth gallery. I was involved in that one too. In the last couple of months, I have been busy setting up and a company called Sheba Arts. I managed to find a few strong women as our board of trustees and things are getting into shape slowly.

Sheba Arts is a self-advocacy group that aims to support people and artists from marginalised migrant communities across Greater Manchester.

We managed to have our first public presentation at the refugee day in Whitworth gallery. I ran 18 drama workshops for a group of refugee and asylum seekers who called themselves Women of Courage, and they showcased their work at the event which received great feedback. We are invited to be part of the next Journey’s festival in October 2018 too.

Sheba Arts has managed to secure its first funding from PANDA Arts to produce a website for the group. PANDA Arts is a great organisation and it has been supporting thousands of artists but sadly they are closing down due to funding cuts.

You can follow Sheba Arts Facebook page to stay in touch with what we are doing:


Looking forward to the more great news!

Empowering Women: A Unique Exhibition of Refugee Women

Go and see this amazing exhibition by non-professional women who came together to express themselves through painting.

No automatic alt text available.Empowering the women” is a collection of artwork from women who are members of Migrants Supporting Migrants, an organisation working to advance the well-being and rights of migrants. The women of MSM, students, volunteers, teachers, and staff have come together to create artwork in workshops for the last month, which will be on show in Room 22, Methodist Hall, Manchester City Centre. 

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This collection embodies Ruba Mourad’s statement that there is a ‘hope to overcome the cycle of abuse, to emerge free and strong from the darkness’.

OPENING EVENT is at 12pm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.
The exhibition is open on Thursday and Friday, 10am till 5pm.

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Journey Festival International Open Day


Another festival for refugees in Manchester.

Journeys Festival International celebrates the extraordinary creativity, culture and experiences that refugees bring to the UK. Managed by ArtReach and established in Leicester in 2013, the festival will be developing strands of work in Manchester this October, with a view to hosting full festivals in 2017 and beyond. Working across a wide range of creative media and disciplines, Journeys Festival International aims to bring the exceptional talent of local, national and international refugee artists into the public eye. 

Strands of work that will be brought to Manchester in 2016 (and beyond) include:

·         Look Up – a visual exhibition uniting the public realm with art in iconic cityscape locations. If you are an artist, there is scope to develop work for the 2017 exhibition or beyond.

·         The Container Project – presenting installations, visual arts and pop-up performances based in and around a shipping container, symbolic of export and transference of place. There will be opportunities to display work, perform and engage with the activities going on in this space.

·         Coffee Shop Conversations – an opportunity for the public to discuss and exchange views with refugees and refugee artists over the domestic ritual of coffee and cake. There will be opportunities to participate in these sessions as speakers and chair persons to lead the discussions.

·         Manchester Museum – Journeys Festival International Take Over – on Saturday 8 October Manchester Museum will be taken over by a host of Journeys Festival International activity. There will be exhibitions, performance, activities and storytelling curated by Manchester Museum/Portsmouth University department of Psychological Sciences. There will also be a Coffee Shop Conversation, pop up theatre performances and interactive, digital kite flying.
The open day is your chance to find out more and make links with the festival organisers. Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place, please email katherine@can.uk.com or text 07533 568 672.                                

Refugee Engagement Event/ Conversation in Moss Side

Greater Manchester is taking control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social from April 2016.

This will involve making decisions about some of the most important things in our lives – such as health and social care. It will also mean that transfer of certain powers and responsibilities from national government to all 37 NHS Trusts and Local Authorities in Greater Manchester.

Manchester Refugee Support Network is working across Greater Manchester to ensure that refugee voices are heard. They want to help build a collective understanding of what hinders or helps refugees and people seeking asylum from taking charge of their health and well being and making healthy choices, so they need your thoughts and experiences.

This event happening tomorrow Saturday 19th March, 11 am – 3 pm At: St James Church, Princess Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M14 4TH

Refreshments and travel expenses will be provided.

People from all parts of Gtr Manchester are strongly encouraged to attend this event.

For further details contact Belay Kahsay on 01618680777

Email: belay”mrsn.or.uk

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