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The Migrant Institute

This curatorial project looked at performances of (non)belonging and post-Brexit imaginaries working closely with UK-based migrant theatre & performance makers.

In June 2020 we were thrilled to curate and host a collaborative and experimental performance & research event focusing on UK-based migrant theatre and performance-makers and the activist aesthetics emerging from their artistic practice.


The conversations centred on artistic and scholarly approaches of belongingness amidst multiple crises: Brexit, environmental crisis and the current Covid-19 health emergency. 

Our discussions were guided by four inspiring position papers by Bridget Anderson (Migration Mobilities Bristol), Vicky Angelaki (Mid Sweden University), Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics), Alison Jeffers and Ambrose Musiyiwa (University of Manchester). We were delighted to have the authors with us at this online event!

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Watch the group discussions #1, #2, #3, and the wrap-up discussion

Connecting theatre-makers, academics and cultural workers, the participants shared their experiences of migration and creative practices on crossings, belongings and interruptions. 

The reflective dialogue and practice-led workshop also resulted in a short collaborative poem authored by multiple participants via online chat.

We are grateful for the Brigstow Institute (Bristol) for funding this ideas exchange! 

We hope to take The Migrant Institute project further and opening up new creative spaces for recognition: mapping, debating and sharing new perspectives in various regional and national settings across Europe in the coming years. 


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