A month-long Festival of Migration opens in Margate

Kobani / Kobane (Arabic: Ayn al Arab). 06 August 2015. A family stands on what is left of their home. Credit Lorenzo Meloni/Magnum Photos

A month-long Festival of Migration kicks off in Margate tonight (October 26).

It opens with exhibition Welcome, at The Shop Front, 161 Northdown Road. The display explores the experiences of those uprooted by conflict and persecution over 70 years since the Second World War. From 1940s Greece to Syria today, the 30 striking pictures from Magnum photographers show the reasons why people are forced to flee, the challenges they face on their journeys to safety and what happens when they make it.

Other displays and events on offer include poetry at Landing Place on October 29, being held at Turner Contemporary, the tale of the Hartlepool Monkey being performed at the Theatre Royal on November 10 and 11 and Shipwrecks and Smugglers guided walk with artist Dan Thompson, connecting maritime history and migration in Margate. Meet outside Margate train station at 5pm on November 10.

The programme

Welcome Photography Exhibition

October 26-November 26

Opening night Thursday, October 26, 7pm-9pm,

The Shop Front, 161 Northdown Road

Hooked On Books

October 27-November 13

Festival window display , Margate High Street

Landing Place

October 29

10 poets 1pm-4pm, poets from 2pm-4pm, Turner Contemporary

First Friday

November 3, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Marine Studios

Shipwrecks and Smugglers

November 10,  A guided walk with artist Dan Thompson, connecting maritime history and migration in Margate. Meet outside Margate Station at 5pm

The Hartlepool Monkey

November 10, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal, followed by post-show Theatre Club discussion at The London Tavern

Make a monkey puppet

November 11, 2pm-3.30pm, Turner Contemporary. Family workshop for up to 10 people, ages 10 and over.

The Hartlepool Monkey

November 11, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal

Pin Badge making workshop

November 18, The Shop Front, 161 Northdown Road (time TBC)

Write for Rights (Amnesty Letter writing campaign)

November 25, The Shop Front, 161 Northdown Road (time TBC)

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