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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.

21 November
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
22 November
25 Nov
  • 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
  • 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?
26 Nov
27 Nov
28 Nov
  • 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.
  • 28 Nov 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 28 Nov 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    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!
  • 28 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 28 Nov 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT
    This session will feature poetry and music of Syrian refugees in Malaysia followed by a panel discussion.
  • 28 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 28 Nov 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 29 Nov 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 29 Nov 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm SGT
    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.
  • 29 Nov 2020, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm SGT
    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.