The UK's largest Refugee Week festival, Migration Matters returns to Sheffield 14 - 22 June with another extensive programme of music, comedy, conversation, art, theatre, film and more.
Now in their 9th year, this vibrant arts festival celebrates the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield, the country’s first City of Sanctuary, and gives unrepresented communities a voice.
Sheffield has a proud record of welcoming new people from the far reaches of the world.
It’s a city which has opened its doors, and most importantly become a place of sanctuary for those people most in need and it’s this spirit that saw Sheffield become established as the first City of Sanctuary.
Migration Matters Festival was launched in 2016 (the year of the Brexit referendum and Syrian refugee crisis) and champions the voices of people who are so often muted, pigeon-holed into labels and rarely genuinely offered a chance to shape in the cultural and artistic landscape of the cities they live in.
From Sheffield to the rest of the world, the festival strives to bring communities together through, music, art, performance, food and celebration.
It is funded by Arts Council England, the University of Sheffield and the Evan Cornish Foundation as well as Sheffield City Council.