Thursday, 13 February 2014


Merseyside’s first official festival exploring the refugee experience, arts & culture.

Bringing together refugees and the wider communities, individuals, grassroots, small and larger organisations for a 31 day experience across the city.

Beginning 20th June, the first day of refugee week, and finishing July 20th this programme will act as a prologue and epilogue to Liverpool One World Festival.

Join us in collaboration, through a wide  range of activity, events and programmes; music, exhibitions, campaigning, discussions, socials, art actions, workshops, education, awareness raising, poetry, drama, storytelling, film shows, meet & greet, living books, food & more.

We are inviting your ideas for celebration, creativity, exploration or awareness raising under the theme ‘journeys to freedom’.

FESTIVAL 31 is open to all different types of radical, less radical, exciting, of the wall, fantastical and simply simple ideas that you, your group, your organisation or school might like to put on, to be a part of the programme. These can be open to the public or for your participants/members only.

Let’s fill the 31 days together!

We have a small fund of £500 to share to make this happen.

How to get involved

SOLA is holding an open meeting for anyone or any group interested in
getting involved on Wednesday 26th February 2014, 4.30-6.30 at our project base, Toxteth Town Hall L* (address below). This meeting will be to find out about the festival and what you would like to do.

If you would like to confirm your attendance email;

NOTE- It is most likely that given the small shared budget, only those attending the meeting will have access to this fund pot.

What if I can’t attend the meeting?

If you would like to take part but can’t come to the meeting, you can submit an event/ project proposal using the form below. Once your proposal is submitted we will get back to you to confirm your listing in the programme or maybe to explore the idea in a bit more detail.

If you cannot make the meeting we may be able to suggest other sources of funding for you to apply for.




In Partnership with



New Dementia and Art Therapy pilot started this week.

Last Tuesday's session with Liverpool African Elders Luncheon Club was a great start to our Dementia and carer support through visual arts and Art Therapy project. In partnership with the group, Granby Toxteth Development Trust. and other services this is the first workshop of many more arts engagement and Art Therapy strands of this project.

We began with making beads using clay. Next week we will begin making macrame plant pot holders where the beads will be attached.

The clay was great for getting hand movement and sensory experience, memory work around repetition and experimenting with the materials and mark making. It was obvious that working with the clay gave a sense of autonomy and confidence in making and being both independent and sharing through the experience. Also relaxation, emotional connection and stress relief for carers.
It is also lovely now that the group meet at Toxteth Town Hall as the workshops are now so much easier to get to- about 5 second walk from our room to the hall! Also nice that the elders, volunteers and carers can see SOLA's project base and have a better insight into who they have been working with for the past 6 years!