Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

The 2017 Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival


The 2017 Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will start on 4 December and run till 10 December.


4 December 2017


Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB

Unaccompanied Children, Britain and the ‘Refugee Crisis’? 

Children and young people looking for places of refuge are making journeys that are unimaginable to many people in Britain and Europe. Some are dying along the way and are being buried unnamed in makeshift graves or their bodies are washing up on Europe’s shores. Those who survive are experiencing avoidable, cruel and extreme hardship.

Panelists Alison Birch, After18 manager; Mita Pujara, Pan Intercultural Arts associate director; Liz Clegg, founder of MEENA and The ‘Unofficial’ Women and Children’s Centre in the Calais ‘Jungle’; and Professor Jo Phoenix, an Open University academic will look at what are individuals and communities up and down the country (and on the continent) doing to support the children and young people who are looking for refuge; what more needs to be done; and, what people in Leicester and beyond can do to support these efforts.

5 December 2017


Upstairs at The Western, The Western Pub, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA

Birds: Broken Chords Can Sing A Little

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Isabel Lima’s film addresses the migration crisis in general and the experience of displacement by Middlesbrough-based asylum seekers and refugees in particular. It explores the feelings, memories, anxieties, and aspirations of these groups against the backdrop of relevant governmental policies, news and public debates.

The work brings Lima’s interviews with asylum seekers and refugees, charity workers and politicians together with found footage such as the television coverage of the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the ‘migration crisis’.

It also includes scenes inspired by Aristophanes’ classical theatrical comedy The Birds, acted by asylum seekers and refugees, who wear bird masks to conceal their identities. The scenes take place in sites as varied as the Transporter Bridge, a Kurdish café and Middlesbrough’s Home Office reporting centre.

Panelists: Isabel Lima, visual artist and filmmaker; Dr Pierre Monforte, Associate Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester; Dr Maria Rovisco, Lecturer, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester; and, Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer, City of Santuary.

Chair: Chino Cabon, Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich Inclusion Project


6 December 2017


The Race Equality Centre (TREC), 5-9 Upper Brown St, Leicester LE1 5TE

Should visibly armed police officers be routinely deployed to festivals and public spaces in Leicester?

Political Parties’ Debate

Political parties that have a presence in Leicester look at whether or not visibly armed police officers should be routinely deployed to festivals and public places in Leicester.

The debate will also give attendees the chance to put questions to political parties on the various positions they are taking on the matter.

All political parties that have a presence in Leicester have been invited to field speakers.

7 December 2017


Westcotes Library, Narborough Rd, Leicester LE3 0BQ

Diversity and The City


Leicester is celebrated for its diversity and multiculturalism but what does this really mean? What are the demographics like in Leicester? How do they compare with national figures? How do they compare with those from Europe? What do the demographics say about poverty, (in)equality, access (or barriers) to services, (un)employment, opportunities (or the lack of opportunities), the criminal justice system and other systems? Do key institutions’ employment patterns reflect the city’s demographics? If not, why is this?

Participants present a number of takes on these and related matters and draft a series of recommendations that will be presented to Leicester City Council at the end of the festival.

Speakers: Arnab Dutt, CEO of Dexo Technologies; Diversity lead, Federation of Small Businesses; Jane Avery, Co-operative and Social Enterprise (CASE); Sarah Seaton, Equalities and Assistant Secretary to Leicester and District Trades Union Council (L&DTUC); Mathew Hulbert, Chair, LGBT Centre; Ahmad Haseeb, Equality and Diversity Lead, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; and, Dr Leah Bassel, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Leicester.

Chair: Dr Chryso Hadjidemetriou FHEA, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Leicester.

8 December 2017

5.30.00pm – 6.30pm

Clock Tower, Leicester LE1 5YA

Leicester for Peace & Human Rights

Since December 2015, people have been gathering at the Clock Tower in Leicester for an hour every Friday evening in the name of peace. Chalked messages have inspired passersby to add their own messages to those on the pavement about our common humanity.

As part of the 2017 Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Leicester for Peace becomes “Leicester for Peace & Human Rights”.

Chalk a message about peace and human rights on the pavement at the Clock Tower. Read messages other people have written. Take a stand for peace and human rights.

8 December 2017


Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB

This is Belonging: Challenging militarism at home and abroad

In Leicester, as in other deprived communities around Britain, the army is targeting children for recruitment. “This is belonging” will look at how and why this is happening and how communities in Leicester and beyond are resisting the militarisation of schools, public spaces and childhood.

Speakers include Leicester City Council; ForcesWatch; Veterans For Peace UK; Jo Phoenix, Open University; City of Leicester NUT / National Education Union; and, Penny Walker and Sue Taylor.

8 December 2017


Pi Bar, cnr 1 Norman St / Narborough Road, Leicester LE3 0BA

Metal without Borders 2017

A metal music festival / metalfest in solidarity with children seeking refuge. 

Featuring My Legacy, Mordrake, Bearpit, and Monachopis.

9 December 2017

4.00pm -10.00pm

Firebug, 1 Millstone Ln, Leicester LE1 5JN

Music without Borders 2017

An event in solidarity with children who are seeking refuge

Featuring  Mellow Baku, Autumn Dawn Leader, Sweetbellechobaby, Paz Alexander, Luke Broughton, KGB Jazz, and more.

Full Lineup TBC

10 December 2017


Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB

100 Years of Tear Gas, Policing with Poison & Its Implications 

On Human Rights Day 2017, Dr Anna Feigenbaum explores how tear gas came about, the uses it has been put to over the past 100 years, the uses it is being being put to now and its implications on human rights.

The talk is hosted by the Leicester Secular Society in association with the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.


[1] This programme is provisional and can change at short notice as more of the invited speakers and participants confirm attendance.

[2] For more information on the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival or to get involved, contact Festival Organiser, Ambrose Musiyiwa or visit our Facebook page.