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
    9pm - 10pm | The Visuals of Migration: Expressing the migrant experience through Art and Photography
    21 Nov 2020, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    8pm - 9pm | Acta Bristol: Telling migrant stories through community theatre
    21 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    6pm - 7pm | Conversation with Daria Bogdanska: Author of Wage Slaves
    21 Nov 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    5pm - 6pm | Rapper Dule Rocker: The music of India's domestic migrant workers
    21 Nov 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    4pm - 5pm | Notes from the Gulf: Migrant Worker Artists of Abu Dhabi
    21 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    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
    2pm - 3pm | Letters from Taiwan: Literary activities by Migrant Worker Writers in Taiwan
    21 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    11am | The Festival Opens
    21 Nov 2020, 11:00 am SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    9pm - 10pm | As a woman migrant: A response through literature
    22 Nov 2020, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    8pm - 9pm | Golden Waves: An artistic response to a hardline migrant policy
    22 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    6pm - 7pm | I am Fan Yusu: The Domestic Migrant Worker Experience in China
    22 Nov 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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 Noonstory.com 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
    4pm - 6pm | Finals of the Migrant Worker & Refugee Poetry Competition Malaysia
    22 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    3pm - 4pm | Zebra Crossing: A poetic play by Migrant Worker Poets of Singapore
    22 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    2pm - 3pm | "Obra" After Work: Migrant Worker Artists in Hong Kong
    22 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    11am - 12pm | The sounds of migration: The Tacoma Refugee Choir
    22 Nov 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    8pm - 10pm | At the Border: Effects of state policy
    25 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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
    8pm - 10pm | In Their Words: Migrant Narratives and Voices
    26 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    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?
 
 
  • 8pm - 10pm | Round-up: Where do we go from here?
    8pm - 10pm | Round-up: Where do we go from here?
    27 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm SGT
    Online Event
    This session discusses lessons from the panelists's own experiences of research and advocacy in the Singapore context, and suggests some new directions or ways forward for those who may be keen to practice research/advocacy on issues facing Singapore's migrant communities.
  • 7pm - 8pm| Intertwining research & arts in migration studies: experiences from the field (part 2)
    7pm - 8pm| Intertwining research & arts in migration studies: experiences from the field (part 2)
    27 Nov 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    (organized by CEDEM, Liège University, Belgium) Through research and performance art, Shannon Damery and Elsa Mescoli provide a window into the migrant experiences, based upon their research as well as experiences on the ground. Moderated by Marco Martiniello
  • 6pm - 7pm| Intertwining research & arts in migration studies: experiences from the field (Part 1)
    6pm - 7pm| Intertwining research & arts in migration studies: experiences from the field (Part 1)
    27 Nov 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    (organized by CEDEM, Liège University, Belgium) Through research and performance art, Basel Adoum, Laila Dib, Amanda da Silva and Anthony Lefebvre provide a window into the migrant experience, based upon their research as well as experiences on the ground. Moderated by Wiebke Sievers
 
  • 8pm - 9pm | Katthu Pattu: Songs of Migrant Love and Separation
    8pm - 9pm | Katthu Pattu: Songs of Migrant Love and Separation
    28 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Online Event
    Kathu Pattu (“letter songs”) are songs based on letters exchanged by migrants from the southern Indian state of Kerala to the Gulf and and their wives left behind. This session will showcase a father-daughter duo singing Kathu Pattu songs and an interview with them.
  • 7pm - 8pm | Film Screening: Spartacus
    7pm - 8pm | Film Screening: Spartacus
    28 Nov 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    In his film, 'I Am Spartacus,' Haim Sokol reconstructs a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960). From Ancient Rome, action moves to today’s Moscow where the roles are played by labor migrants from Kyrghyzstan.
  • 5pm - 6pm | We Migrate, We Labor, We Write
    5pm - 6pm | We Migrate, We Labor, We Write
    28 Nov 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    This session will have three prolific migrant worker-writers from China sharing their exciting works. Xiao Hai and Wan Huashan are based in Picun, Beijing and Wu Ji in Fujian province. They often write about migrant workers’ life in China. Let’s listen to their poetic and powerful voices!
  • 4pm - 5pm | Make Art not Walls: Making art as a form of therapy for migrants
    4pm - 5pm | Make Art not Walls: Making art as a form of therapy for migrants
    28 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    The Make Art Not Walls project is the brainchild of a longtime Trevi resident, Australian artist Virginia Ryan. This session will showcase the work of the project that aims to bring out the human potential and restore dignity to people stranded in limbo.
  • 3pm - 4pm | Voices of Syria: The art of Syrian refugees
    3pm - 4pm | Voices of Syria: The art of Syrian refugees
    28 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    This session will feature poetry and music of Syrian refugees in Malaysia followed by a panel discussion.
  • 2pm - 3pm | Iron, rock, factory and men
    2pm - 3pm | Iron, rock, factory and men
    28 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    In Migrant worker poetry, home sickness is often a very important theme. But what is their relationship with the factory, their new "home" away from home? In this panel discussion, 4 poets & researchers of various backgrounds from mainland China and Taiwan will share their work & discuss.
  • 11am - 12pm | Borders and Brutality: Music, Story, Power
    11am - 12pm | Borders and Brutality: Music, Story, Power
    28 Nov 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    Through performances followed by a panel discussion, this session will showcase how Common Ground Voices / La Frontera brings together a diverse group of artists in community music and peace-building projects situated at the border of Mexico and the United States.
  • 8pm - 9pm | Humor as the only weapon: Newspaper by migrants and artists from Russia
    8pm - 9pm | Humor as the only weapon: Newspaper by migrants and artists from Russia
    29 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    Nasreddin is a multi-language publication in Russia covering events about migrants who go to Russia looking for work. The paper raises important issues,including real experiences of labor migrants.This session will feature some artwork from the publications & a discussion with involved artists.
  • 7pm - 9pm | Film Discussion: The Helper
    7pm - 9pm | Film Discussion: The Helper
    29 Nov 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    In her film, The Helper, Joanna Bowers chronicles diverse stories from Hong Kong's migrant workers, exploring their immense contribution to society in the face of heartbreaking separation from their loved ones.
  • 4pm - 6pm | Finals of the Migrant Workers Poetry Competition, Singapore
    4pm - 6pm | Finals of the Migrant Workers Poetry Competition, Singapore
    29 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    Finals of the annual Finals of the Migrant Workers Poetry Competition, Singapore. First held in 2014, the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition has quickly established itself as one of the key events in the cultural calendar in Singapore.
  • 3pm - 4pm | New Workers Troupe 新工人乐团: The sound of migrant workers in China
    3pm - 4pm | New Workers Troupe 新工人乐团: The sound of migrant workers in China
    29 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    This sessions will feature a musical performance by the New Workers Troupe followed by a panel discussion with the members.
  • 2pm - 3pm | Look Ma! “I’m British!” - A Play by the Bird's Migrant Theatre
    2pm - 3pm | Look Ma! “I’m British!” - A Play by the Bird's Migrant Theatre
    29 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    https://tinyurl.com/gmfevent2020
    The Birds Migrant Theatre is a group of migrant workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, and The Philippines who are based in Singapore. This session will feature a brand new play by The Birds Migrant Theatre followed by a panel discussion with the members.
  • 11am - 12pm | Interview with Golriz Ghahraman
    11am - 12pm | Interview with Golriz Ghahraman
    29 Nov 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm SGT
    Online Event
    Golriz Ghahraman MP (Persian: گلریز قهرمان‎; born 1981) is an Iranian-born New Zealand politician, member of Parliament, and author. The former United Nations lawyer was a child asylum seeker, and became the first refugee elected to New Zealand's Parliament.
 

Our session schedule may change all the way up to the festival. We aim to make our final changes a couple of weeks before the festival; however, sometimes unforeseen circumstances can necessitate a last-minute time change or cancellation.