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Arts opportunities


 Migrant Voice - Arts opportunities

* £1,500 and professional help, including a public performance, awaits the winner of Tara Theatre’s commission for writers of South Asian heritage or connections. You have only to submit a synopsis, pitch or a script extract by 1 August.

* the other side of hope magazine is looking for contributions in any language except English by refugee, asylum seeker, and immigrant poets. It pays £200 for each published poem. Guidelines for submissions (by 15 August) can be found here.

* This year’s Talawa Festival is running development workshops and link-ups for artists exploring story, movement, voice and dramaturgy. You’ll be ablen to meet fellow creatives and Talawa’s New York team.

* Call for photographs: disability and representation. Emerging photographers have a chance to win a £312 fee and an online exhibition. Contact Autograph for details.

* Wanted: dancers of Latinx backgrounds to participate in workshops and perform at Hoxton Hall, east London to tell the story of Latin America's Indigenous communities. Workshop on 8 June, weekly evening workshops from September, Hoxton Hall performances 27 November to 1 December.

* The Arcola Theatre is recruiting participants to join its new community theatre group for adults who have experience of forced migration and being a refugee. No experience needed, just an interest to work with others in a creative way to explore performance, poetry and movement. Weekly free sessions every Monday evening. Facilitators speak in English, Arabic and French.

* London Film Festival is accepting submissions for UK shorts and features for LFF 2024 in October. Contact [email protected]

* Film Africa, 25 October - 3 November, will present film in London venues. Enter your film now.

* Are you a writer, director, producer or theatre-maker with a piece of new writing that you’d like to put in front of an audience? This is the place.

* Papatango has launched a digital playwriting course, with tips and insights from a host of top artists.

* Artists and companies “with bold stories to tell” are invited to contact Theatro Technis, which is accepting applications for the Camden Fringe Festival. Email [email protected] with details of your proposed show, technical requirements and some information about you as an artist/company.

* Riverside Studios is offering a regular drop-in playwriting group: “Whether you’re working on a script and want creative inspiration, you're intrigued by the idea of writing a play, or simply want a creative outlet, these monthly meetups are informal, fun and open to everyone.”

* Artists’ alert: London is to get a memorial to slave trade victims, at West India Quay in Docklands. “It is vital that our public spaces reflect the heritage of our great city - in all its diversity and complexity,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan. City Hall will allocate £500,000 and other contributions will be sought. A public consultation will be followed by a competition for the artist. Unveiling is scheduled for 2026.

* Citizens of the World, a choir that grew out of the Calais “Jungle” and now has 50 members from 30 countries, says it welcomes new members (and bookings!). It rehearses in Blackheath in south-east London on Wednesday evenings. Details on the website


Thanks to volunteer Daniel Nelson (editor of Eventslondon.org) for compiling this list.

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Migrant Voice
VAI, 200a Pentonville Road,
N1 9JP

Phone: +44 (0) 207 832 5824
Email: [email protected]

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Number: 1142963 (England and Wales); SC050970 (Scotland)

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