Migration Matters Festival for Refugee Week

From next Tuesday 23 June the Migration Matters Festival will be taking place over five days across Sheffield. Migration Matters is an annual Sheffield festival that runs during national Refugee Week. Events take place in city centre and community venues, uniting Sheffield’s communities and cultures.

Sheffield was the UK’s first City of Sanctuary and it is a city that is made vibrant by its diversity and interconnecting cultures. Last year’s festival saw thousands of people enjoy events including: theatre, film, music, fashion, installation, talks and food events.

Building on the strong foundations of the 2016 and 2017 festivals this year the festival is even bigger! The 2018 line up features established companies, emerging artists, community arts groups & charitable organisations. It will be a rich and soulful programme that brings the diverse and global mix of Sheffield’s communities together with artists from all over the world in a celebration of food, culture and performance.

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Migration Matters Programme

Here are some of the highlights from the programme involving colleagues from our University.

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Refugees Matter

Video exhibition by Dr Jules Holroyd from the Department of Philosophy.

Opens 11am Tuesday 19 June until 4pm Saturday 23 June at Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street.

Isn’t it common to hear objections to assisting refugees? ‘Other countries should help’; ‘taking many refugees changes the culture of the UK’; ‘We’re full!’ … In a series of videos, members of the Philosophy Department tackle these objections, giving arguments for welcoming people to the UK and to our city. On Saturday 23 June the exhibition will be accompanied by short talks from researchers in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

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Hidden Voices: The Health Experiences of Migrant Children

Photographic exhibition by Abdulazez Dukan working with Dr Jill Thompson from the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Opens 11am Tuesday 19 June until 4pm Saturday 23 June at Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street.

Explore the health experience of migrant children through this photographic exhibition of refugee and asylum seeking children by 19-year old Syrian photographer Abdulazez Dukan. Dukan spent much of his teenage life in refugee camps and started photography to tell stories of the people who were there:

"Photography isn't just a hobby for me, photography is a way to break walls between people."

The photographs will be accompanied by key findings from an academic review of migrant children’s health experiences in Europe. Attendees will be able to engage in reflective and interactive crowd-sourcing activities.

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I'm a stranger here myself - Multilingual families, Migration, and Belonging

Talk by Dr Sabine Little from the School of Education

Wednesday 20 June, 6-7pm at the Carpenter Room, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street.

Dr Sabine Little - daughter of a WW2 refugee and herself a migrant - talks about her work with multilingual families, exploring how different family members experience migration, family languages, and belonging, and how these feed into ways in which we construct our identities.

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Back Where You Came From

Workshop run by Dr Casey Strine from the Department of History

Saturday 23 June, 2-3pm at the Carpenter Room, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street.

Are you interested in how migration, religion and art are related to one another? In this creative workshop, we will explore how the book of Genesis—the first book of the bible—talks about migration and provides resources for thinking, discussing, and responding through art to migration in the United Kingdom.

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Stories of Migration & Belonging

A special programme of film screenings, in partnership with the Migration Research Group at the University of Sheffield.

Wednesday 20, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June at the Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX.

Stories of Migration & Belonging will showcase films made by women that explore different representations of migration, identity and belonging across the world. There will be post-film discussions, performances and workshops, with guest speakers from our University, local NGOs and groups.

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