Journeys Festival International celebrates the creative talent of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists and shares the refugee experience through great art and culture. The festival works across a wide range of creative media and disciplines including live music, hands-on artist-led workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions and pop-up events.  Journeys Festival International aims to bring the talent of local, national and international refugee artists to the general public - creating a positive interface with the community.

On Wednesday 23rd August The Exchange will pay host to Coffee Shop Conversation: Global Graffiti. From the city streets to refugee camps, what role does graffiti play in society today Internationally acclaimed street art duo Nomad Clan talk about their experiences in the Calais ‘Jungle’ and are joined by Sean Carroll from Inspirate, producers of Bring The PaintLeicester’s International Street Art Festival, plus Izzy Hoskins from Graff Headquarters . They will discuss the value of graffiti as a means of expression and documentation.

Coffee Shop Conversations

The conversations will be hosted in the best independent coffee shops in Leicester and supported by British Red Cross, Coffee Shop Conversations are an opportunity to discuss and exchange views over free tea, coffee and cake. Coffee Shop Conversations this year will focus on Documenting Refugee & Asylum through a series of sessions:


  • Wed 16 August, 10.30am – 12 Noon at Phoenix - Ethics Through a Lens with photographer
  • Farhad Berahman and CEO of PhotoVoice Tom Elkins
  • Wed 23 August, 5.30pm – 7pm at The Exchange – Global Graffiti featuring Nomad Clan, representatives from Inspirate, producers of Leicester’s international street art festival, Bring the Paint.
  • Wed 30 August, 10.30am – 12noon at 200 Degrees – Women & Words, featuring Vietnamese artists Hong Dam and singer song writer Carol Leeming
  • Sun 3 September, 11am – 12noon at New Walk Museum Café – Leicester, A City of Sanctuary will discuss the city’s history of being a place of refuge. Inspired by Britannia with Belgium Refugees, an oil painting by Andre Cluysennar given to the city in 1917 as a thank you for the refuge of Belgian people.


Will you be joining us on 23rd August 5.30pm in our cosy sung? 

To download the programme please see HERE.

Journeys Festival International events are FREE and everyone is welcome!