COMMUNITY commissions 2019

Migration Matters Festival is now in its 4th year celebrating Refugee Week and this year will fall over the 14th-22nd June.

 We strongly believe in the way in which theatre, music and dance can be a powerful tool for social change, and therefore want to commission pieces that challenge, inspire and transform the way people perceive issues around migration as part of a multicultural Britain.

 Migration Matters Festival is looking to commission around 2 community events. If you have a workshop, activity, food, performance or other event that ties in with our mission statement, we welcome your application

We are looking for commissions to engage with the Refugee Week 2019 theme:

‘You, me and those who came before’ #Generations

We are asking local groups (or individuals) to submit an application for a performance, workshop or event that does one or more of the following:  

  • Reflects their culture

  • Is representative of multicultural Britain

  • Celebrates the positive impact of migration

  • Is educational or informative in nature

  • Has a participatory element

 Examples of relevant entries may include: talks, creative workshops, performances covering: music, theatre, dance or music; art installations, moving image/ film screenings.

 Winning commissions receive:

  • Up to £500 for the commission

  • Video and photography of your project

  • Technical & venue support

  • Marketing and promotional support

If you are interested in applying please either fill in the google form below or download the file and send it to by 5pm on 29th March 2019

Past Commissions have included:


  • The Bare Project - Story Swap Café (2017) – Where the price of a drink is a story 

  • InComplete Collaboration – Utopia (2017) – A show exploring the facts behind migration.

  • Otoxo Productions – El Peso De La Manta (2017) – On the streets of Barcelona, the most visible yet invisible immigrants struggle to survive through illegal street selling. Victims of relentless racism, they have found a voice and created a union.

  • Romens Kosice (2018) – Combining spirited rhythms with evocative and emotive harmony, local Rotherham Roma band Romens Kosice perform a broad selection of music, infusing Romani/Gypsy folk traditions with contemporary Slovak influence.

  • Art Lingual UK – How to Make a Home (2018) – Through games and storytelling this is a performative workshop that leads its participants through an interactive exploration of how we create homes for ourselves.