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ASYLUM in ART: An Impact Project 13th – 15th October 2020

The exhibition of 11 photographs and ‘composite’ audio (narrating women’s experiences as a whole) seeks to take the audience on an experiential tour inside a British Immigration Removal Centre and beyond release into a community in the city of Leeds. Based on women’s testimonies, photo-voice captures the tension between the institutional IRC (tasked with detaining […]

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Connect & Create – a programme of events

From 17 August, City of Sanctuary will be running a series of online activities to celebrate what is important about being part of a community of sanctuary. Connect & Create is run by City of Sanctuary, along with Displace Yourself Theatre and Citizen Songwriters and includes interactive theatre on Mondays, sanctuary songwriting on Tuesdays, filmmaking on […]

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Windrush Compensation Scheme – Home Office engagement event 19th August 2020

Before coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Home Office ran a series of public events around the country to raise awareness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the work of the Windrush Taskforce. Engagement events are now taking place online. These events are open to everyone of any nationality. At all events, information is provided on who […]

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‘What makes you feel free?’- Freedom Project for young refugees and asylum seekers at Leeds Playhouse w/c 17th Feb 2020

We are running free workshops for young refugees and asylum seekers aged 16 – 22 to take part in Freedom Project, exploring ‘What makes you feel free?’ Meet us and help us develop a play that will be performed in Leeds and London in June. Travel expenses can be covered and refreshments will be provided. […]

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Refujazz4 – The Jazz Festival that funds Leeds Hardship Fund is back – 8th Feb 2020, Headingley Heart

What? REFU-JAZZ returns to HEART for a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charities. Some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. Please come along and support this event and enjoy some incredible music. Where? Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, […]

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Introducing Manus Prison Theory: Knowing Border Violence – a conversation between Behrouz Boochani & Omid Tofighian – 20th Feb 2020

What? Introducing Manus Prison Theory: Knowing Border Violence Who? Behrouz Boochani (joining via live stream) & Omid Tofighian Behrouz Boochani writes…”No Friend But the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison is the product of five years living in exile on Manus Island, depicting the raw and unadulterated experience of incarceration in a remote prison. “During these […]

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Impoverishment and Asylum: Social Policy as Slow Violence – Leeds University – 29th January 13:00-14:00

When? 29 January 2020 12.30-13.00 refreshments; 13.00-14.00 presentation Where? Social Sciences 12.21/12.25 University of Leeds Who? Dr Lucy Mayblin from the University of Sheffield. Abstract: In this talk I will argue that a shift has taken place in recent decades from construing asylum as primarily a political and/or humanitarian phenomenon, to construing it as primarily […]

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Nominations invited for the Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards

The Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers Awards, known as “The YAYAs” for short, aim to make a difference in raising the aspirations for some of the county’s most disadvantaged communities. The YAYA awards (, a Yorkshire-wide awards scheme, in partnership with York St. John’s University has been launched! The YAYA awards are supported by local, regional […]

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Supporting people dealing with the immigration system – 26th January 2020

What? Workshops for Asylum Activists 1.30pm For people interested in getting involved in the phone support project 2-3pm For current phone support volunteers (& new volunteers who came to 1.30pm session) 3.15pm For people interested in getting involved in anti raids support Please bring food/snacks to share if you can 🙂 When? Sunday, 26 January […]

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