ArtReach gets Euro refugee festival funding

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The 2017 Journeys Festival International, devised to celebrate the idea of sanctuary by the cultural development ArtReach which was featured in AI 333, can go ahead thanks to European funding that has just been granted.

ArtReach, based in Leicester, is one of only three UK arts organisations corm 274 applicants across Europe to receive funding from the Creative Europe Fund, receiving €200,000. The others are Acta Community Theatre that specialises in refugee engagement in theatre, and European Alternatives that works with European partners to advance cultural hybridisation. 

The ArtReach grant means the Journeys Festival International can go ahead next year in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, delivering strands in Hamburg, Rome, Palermo and Budapest.

“2016 has seen the Festival develop substantially to reach new audiences and create outstanding new work delivered by a range of refugee artists working in performing, visual and digital arts” said ArtReach’s director David Hill. “We can now look forward, with the continuing commitment of Arts Council England, to developing exciting, challenging and wide reaching Festivals in 2017."

Christoph Jankowski of Creative Europe said: “The number of applications received - over three times as many as expected - indicate that refugee integration is an area about which the creative sector feels particularly passionate. It’s heartening to see such a desire to promote understanding between cultures and to see international creative partnerships stepping up to engage with big international issues.”


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