Symbolic of export and transference, Journeys Festival International has transformed a shipping container into an innovative project space in the Eldon Courtyard at the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth.
During the 12 day festival The Container will host a variety of projects and exhibitions, including:
The WELL-COME Project – October 10th-15th
10,000 Children – October 13th
Plasticobilism – October 17th-22nd
Our Needful Things – October 19th
Art Walks – October 20th
The project is being organised in partnership with Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery, the British Red Cross and Friends Without Borders, a charity providing support for asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants in the Portsmouth area.
Dean of CCI Professor Catherine Harper said: “Journeys Festival International is an extremely important event for this city, given its multicultural population and the live issue of refugees and asylum-seekers here. University of Portsmouth employs and educates over one in ten of the city’s overall headcount, with staff and students from many places and cultures, flowing in and out of the city with knowledge as their currency, so it was vital for us to engage.
“Situating The Container Project in the courtyard of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries makes a powerful statement about inclusion and humanity, respect of difference, and intellectual and creative curiosity, and this is both affirming and vital at this time and in this place.”
Come along during the festival to witness different stages and varieties of art. This event is open to the public.
The Container Project closes at 4pm on weekends.
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About Journeys Festival International:
Journeys Festival began in 2013. Its core aim is to celebrate and highlight the extraordinary and powerful artwork, music, creativity, culture and experiences that refugee artists bring to the UK. In 2016 we are developing and expanding the scope of the Festival and to reflect this step-change we have renamed the event as Journeys Festival International – though our core aims and ethos remain the same!
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.
Journeys Festival International combines live music, hands-on artist-led workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions and pop-up events to create a vibrant and engaging programme of events.