Global Migrant Festival 2020 Events


Click on the dates below to view the different interesting events happening.

All events will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

  • 9pm - 10pm | The Visuals of Migration: Expressing the migrant experience through Art and Photography
    21 Nov 2020, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    In this panel discussion, three acclaimed refugee photographers and artists share their work and discuss visual arts in the context of migration, and in the process illustrate their lived refugee experiences through their art.
  • 8pm - 9pm | Acta Bristol: Telling migrant stories through community theatre
    21 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    Hear from acta community theatre in Bristol, England, an internationally renowned theatre company that works with disadvantaged people to give them the confidence to tell their stories through theatre. In this talk they’ll explain why storytelling is so important for refugee and migrant communities.
  • 6pm - 7pm | Conversation with Daria Bogdanska: Author of Wage Slaves
    21 Nov 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SGT
    Daria Bogdanska, author of Wage Slaves (2017), presents her autobiographical novel in which she illustrates difficulties of building a life in Sweden from a working-class immigrant perspective. She highlights the inequity & exploitative nature of the underground job market.
  • 5pm - 6pm | Rapper Dule Rocker: The music of India's domestic migrant workers
    21 Nov 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    Rapper Dule Rocker is a migrant worker from India who is also a rapper. His talent has led to him becoming a Youtube sensation, and he uses his voice to bring to light issues such as corruption, violence in society as well as the plight of migrant workers in India during the pandemic.
  • 4pm - 5pm | Notes from the Gulf: Migrant Worker Artists of Abu Dhabi
    21 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm SGT
    This session will feature five very talented contracted colleagues from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) presenting the migrant worker experience in the UAE.
  • 3pm - 4pm | Writers of Change: the archipelago writers collective and emerging writers in Indonesia's refugee community
    21 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    Online Event
    Join these talented refugee writers as they use Literature to imagine new horizons beyond the disenfranchisement, marginalisation and displacement that is very much a part of the life of a refugee.
  • 2pm - 3pm | Letters from Taiwan: Literary activities by Migrant Worker Writers in Taiwan
    21 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    Taiwan is a country with migrant workers from many different countries. Letters of Taiwan aims to amplify these diverse voices via the literary works of some of the winners from the annual Taiwan Migrant Literature Competition. Thereafter, participants will be involved in a panel for discussion.
  • 11am | The Festival Opens
    21 Nov 2020, 11:00 am SGT
    Join us for the launch of the Migrant Workers Festival 2020, where an overview of the festival will be provided. Featuring speeches by organisers, supporters, sponsors, and migrants.
  • 9pm - 10pm | As a woman migrant: A response through literature
    22 Nov 2020, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    While the gender characteristics of migration are now being finally studied, this session will feature award winning women writers of migrant background to understand how they consider their literary activities as a response to the context of migration.
  • 8pm - 9pm | Golden Waves: An artistic response to a hardline migrant policy
    22 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    This session will showcase the work of the Golden Waves project in Italy. In response to the hardline migrant policy adopted by Italy, the 'Golden Waves' art project promotes solidarity for migrants. The session will feature a panel discussion with the founder of the project and key participants.
  • 6pm - 7pm | I am Fan Yusu: The Domestic Migrant Worker Experience in China
    22 Nov 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SGT
    In late April of 2017, Fan Yusu, then a domestic migrant worker in China, became an overnight literary sensation in China when her essay “I Am Fan Yusu” was published on online platform and soon went viral. This session features a discussion with Fan Yusu about her latest works.
  • 4pm - 6pm | Finals of the Migrant Worker & Refugee Poetry Competition Malaysia
    22 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    First held in 2015, the Migrant Worker & Refugee Poetry Competition, Malaysia, has quickly established itself as one of the key events in the cultural calendar in Malaysia. This session will feature the finals of the 2020 competition with readings by shortlisted contestants and winners announcement.
  • 3pm - 4pm | Zebra Crossing: A poetic play by Migrant Worker Poets of Singapore
    22 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    This poetic play -- which consists 6 poems written by poets from 3 different countries -- aims to explore what we’ve missed, amidst our fast-paced lives. Through exploring diverse stories, Zebra Crossing explores life as a crossroad of unheard human stories, and poetry as the rhythm to unify them.
  • 2pm - 3pm | "Obra" After Work: Migrant Worker Artists in Hong Kong
    22 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    This session showcases the diverse, artistic talent of Migrant Workers from Hong Kong. This includes painting, tattooing, culinary fruit art as well as fashion design. Following which, a panel discussion will allow for the artists to showcase the relevance of the arts in the migrant context.
  • 11am - 12pm | The sounds of migration: The Tacoma Refugee Choir
    22 Nov 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm SGT
    This session will feature a musical performance by Tacoma Refugee Choir, a non-auditioned choral ensemble. The choir is a welcoming community of refugees, immigrants, & second-generation Americans who use the power of music to share their stories, unite their community & demonstrate their diversity.
  • 8pm - 10pm | At the Border: Effects of state policy
    25 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    As they move between territories, jurisdictions, and cultures, how do state actors influence the barriers migrants face and the conditions they endure? | Prof Deepak Mishra |Priscilla Lugo & Emma Israel |Hema Kalamogan |Moderator: Theophilus Kwek
  • 8pm - 10pm | In Their Words: Migrant Narratives and Voices
    26 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    How do we ensure that migrants’ perspectives, concerns, and histories have their rightful place in our collective understanding – and how do we remake our maps and archives to represent their knowledge?