Until Sun 20 Jun 2021

Coventry Welcomes Festival - Films & Audio

Mon 14 Jun 2021 to Sun 20 Jun 2021

Film and audio activity as part of Coventry Welcomes Festival, please be aware, where events are listed with ‘availability from’ links will be provided closer to the live date.

If you do have any access enquiries please contact [email protected] 


In Solidarity - The Migration Blanket 

ARTconnects and Salma Zulfiqar 

A ten-minute film featuring 100+ artworks from refugee and migrant girls and women from more than 25 nations, and international award-winning artist and human rights activist Salma Zulfiqar. Building on the original Migration Blanket artwork, created with women in Birmingham and recognising the West Midlands as the heart of sanctuary in the UK for women and girls fleeing violence in search of safety, the film is a call for solidarity, compassion, tolerance, peace and protection of women and girls on the move - particularly those making dangerous journeys to Europe.  

Supported by the Arts Council UK, The United Nations, and the Midlands Arts Centre.  

On display at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Located on the balcony above the box office - The Gallery Space from 15 June.

Watch the trailer here

Positive Images Festival Poetry Workshop  

Just as people travel, stories travel too… This YouTube tutorial with Emilie Lauren Jones will introduce you to poets and poems from across the globe, encouraging you to explore new voices and stories, and give you the opportunity to have a go at some fun writing challenges. For more information or accessibility queries please email [email protected] 

View the video now.

Sanctuary of Our City 

A film from an ensemble of refugee and asylum-seeking women living in Coventry explore their emotions and memories through creative pursuits.

Supported by Theo Ioannou, Victoria Sesi, and Amal Parr of Foleshill Women’s Training; filmed by Sherrie Edgar. Funded by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and National Lottery Community Fund, and supported by 64 Million Artists. 

The film is Theo’s project as a Community Connector on the Community Connectors Programme. 

We Cannot Walk Alone 

St Francis Employability 

A film from staff, volunteers, and clients reflecting on things that they find difficult, want to be better, and want to change as well as recognising those people that have helped that change to happen. 

Change the Word: Poems of the City  

Good Chance Change the Word collective 

Films from two Coventry poets, Landry Affton and Tanisha Chopra, presenting poems written in response to this year’s National Refugee Week theme, We Cannot Walk Alone.

Drawing on their heritages, from Ivory Coast and Afghanistan respectively, they explore what it means to be part of a community and what it means to find a new community - or shape your own - in these changed times.

Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Send Me to Coventry

Chief Inspector Khizra Dhindsa (nee Bano) of West Midlands Police fled an arranged marriage in Pakistan aged 18 and with only £40 in her pocket. Hear her reflections, in poetry, on life in Coventry.

In Conversation with Sara Shamma 

Now collected the world over, painter Sara Shamma’s first UK exhibition was held in Coventry at the Hebert Art Gallery & Museum in 2001 - 20 years ago to the year.

She was born in Damascus to a Syrian father and Lebanese mother and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus. In 2016 she moved to London under the auspices of an Exceptional Talent Visa.

Hear her discussing her work and her relationship with and connection to the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation.  


Lullabies from Coventry to Beirut 

Chrysalis Craft CIC and Carriers of Hope  

Sanctuary seekers in Coventry and Beirut record lullabies together to showcase the connection we have with our children and the right to a cherished childhood. 

We Walk Together 

Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre’s Sharing Cultures group 

A film reflecting on the group’s regular Tuesday ‘walk’ together when they gather communally to share their thoughts, their creativity, their cultures and walks with others as they explore their city. Watch their film. Funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).