IKON PRESENTS THE FOURTH ANNUAL MIGRANT FESTIVAL (14-17 JULY 2022).

A FOUR DAY PROGRAMME MIXING VISUAL ART, MUSIC, FILM AND PERFORMANCE. THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS TO BIRMINGHAM AND THE UK, AND HIGHLIGHTS THE MIGRANT STORIES OF ARTISTS IN IKON’S PROGRAMME.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

TALKS

Off-site/Talk14.07.2022 / 6.00pm7.00pm
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Hew Locke and Dr Gus Casely-Hayford
Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke discusses his new public artwork, Foreign Exchange (2022), with Dr Gus Casely-Hayford. Together they consider Locke’s reimagining of Birmingham’s city-centre sculpture of Queen Victoria.
Event/Talk15.07.2022 / 6.00pm7.00pm
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Abdulrazaq Awofeso and Dr Jareh Das
Abdulrazaq Awofeso discusses his Ikon exhibition, OUT OF FRAME, with researcher, writer and curator Dr Jareh Das.
Off-site/Talk16.07.2022 / 7.00pm8.30pm
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Osman Yousefzada and Ian Francis
Osman Yousefzada discusses the films that have influenced his interdisciplinary art practice with Ian Francis, Director of Flatpack Projects
Off-site/Talk15.07.2022 / 12.00pm2.00pm
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A Gift to Birmingham
Photographer Vanley Burke is in conversation with Selbin Kabote, a member and ambassador of Migrant Voice, to launch A Gift to Birmingham.
Event/Performance17.07.2022 / 3.00pm5.00pm
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Soapboxes
Salman Mirza chairs ten quick-fire soapbox presentations and a Q&A from individuals and groups supporting migrants in the Midlands.

MUSIC

Off-site/Music14.07.2022 / 7.15pm7.45pm
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Germa Adan
Germa Adan is a Haitian musician, composer and singer songwriter, who creates a tapestry of vocal and string harmonies in her performances.
Event/Music15.07.2022 / 7.00pm9.00pm
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Lola So DJ Set
London-based DJ Lola So’s set mixes Kwaito and Ampiano music. Dance!
Off-site/Music16.07.2022 / 7.30pm9.15pm
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Tymoteusz Jozwiak Quartet with Marek Pospieszalski
Tymoteusz Jozwiak is a drummer who studied jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire, performing here in a quartet with musicians from the UK and Poland.
Event/Music17.07.2022 / 5.30pm6.30pm
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Lekan Babalola Trio
To close The Migrant Festival 2022, Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham (CSB) present a performance by some of Birmingham’s finest musicians.
Off-site/Talk16.07.2022 / 4.30pm6.00pm
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A Joyful Noise with Faisal Hussain
For this conversation event Faisal Hussain reflects on music and faith, and Balsall Heath in Birmingham as a cultural hot spot.

FILM & PERFORMANCE

Event/Film15.07.2022 / 4.00pm5.00pm
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Welcome to Woomera
Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce has selected the documentary film Welcome to Woomera to feature in The Migrant Festival. 
Off-site/Talk16.07.2022 / 4.30pm6.00pm
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A Joyful Noise with Faisal Hussain
For this conversation event Faisal Hussain reflects on music and faith, and Balsall Heath in Birmingham as a cultural hot spot.
Off-site/Talk16.07.2022 / 7.00pm8.30pm
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Osman Yousefzada and Ian Francis
Osman Yousefzada discusses the films that have influenced his interdisciplinary art practice with Ian Francis, Director of Flatpack Projects

WORKSHOPS

Off-site/Event14.07.2022 / 1.00pm3.00pm
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MA Arts and Education Practices - Takeaways
Join students and staff from the MA Arts and Education Practices (MAAEP) course for a workshop involving a walking tour and collective play.
Off-site/Talk14.07.2022 / 4.00pm7.45pm
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Teacher Twilight CPD
Teachers and art educators are invited to join artist teacher Laura Reid to discuss Foreign Exchange by artist Hew Locke.
Event/Workshop16.07.2022 / 11.00am3.00pm
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Family Saturday with Haseebah Ali
Join local artist Haseebah Ali in a printmaking workshop including soft lino print and foam.
Off-site/Workshop16.07.2022 / 11.00am3.00pm
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Drawing & painting with Rafal Zar
Join artist Rafal Zar for a drawing and painting workshop on Slow Boat, taking inspiration from Birmingham’s landscape.
Off-site/Event17.07.2022 / 11.00am1.00pm
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The Mosaic Road photo studio
Visit The Old Print Works and have a professional portrait taken by local photographer Dan Burwood.
Family/Workshop17.07.2022 / 11.00am3.00pm
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Family flag making
Join artist Jane Thakoordin to create artworks in response to Foreign Exchange by artist Hew Locke.

VISUAL ART

Exhibition10.06.202229.08.2022
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OUT OF FRAME
Abdulrazaq Awofeso
Commissioned by Ikon, this solo exhibition by Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso features all new work.
Off-site/Talk15.07.2022 / 12.00pm2.00pm
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A Gift to Birmingham
Photographer Vanley Burke is in conversation with Selbin Kabote, a member and ambassador of Migrant Voice, to launch A Gift to Birmingham.
Exhibition14.06.202215.08.2022
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Foreign Exchange
Hew Locke
Birmingham’s city-centre sculpture of Queen Victoria is reimagined by acclaimed Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke, presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival.

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HISTORY OF THE MIGRANT FESTIVAL

Ikon’s first Migrant Festival took place in 2018 and was co-curated by artist and designer Osman Yousefzada, to coincide with his first solo exhibition.

In 2019 the festival took place during Hew Locke’s exhibition and included a key note talk between the artist and Rt Hon David Lammy MP.

The 2020 festival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however Ikon and Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham presented Soapbox videos as part of World Refugee Day and Midsummer Festival.

The 2021 festival comprised digital and live events. It was closely linked with Osman Yousefzada’s major public art installation Infinity Pattern 1 at Selfridges Birmingham.

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