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Three Migrant Stories

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Three migrant stories at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

As British As A Watermelon | The Studio | 23-26 Aug (pictured)
Themes of migration, immigration and refugee stories have – with good reason – been a consistent theme at the Festival, and in the arts world generally, in recent times. With that in mind, we’ve picked three events focusing specifically on migrant tales. And, with this first one, we make our first foray into the International Festival programme, which is fit to burst with high quality, compelling stuff once again this year. It’s a theatrical piece by Zimbabwean writer and performer mandla rae that weaves together poetry and storytelling, and explores the artist’s fragmented LGBTQ asylum and childhood migration memories, and asks powerful questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness. Click here for info and tickets.

Fatima Daas & Shumona Sinha: Immigrants In Paris | Edinburgh Art College | 26 Aug
And hurrah, another first foray, this time into the Edinburgh International Book Festival, an event long beloved of our book-ish team members. It’s got a huge programme, of course, and a really diverse selection of events, but here’s one choice from it, which focuses specifically on the experience of migrants in Paris – where they make up twenty percent of the population – and two prizewinning autobiographical novels set in France. Appearing are Fatima Daas, whose book ‘The Last One’ deals with the experience of being French-Algerian, Muslim and gay; and Shumona Sinha, author of ‘Down With The Poor!’, which details her experiences with French immigration authorities. Click here for info and tickets.

Tickbox | Summerhall | 16-28 Aug
Back to the Fringe now for ‘Tickbox’, a solo show written and performed by Lubna Kerr, which returns to the Festival following a successful run last year. If you didn’t see it last time, you’re in for a treat, as Kerr takes on a broad range of characters in this piece focusing on a life growing up as an Asian in Glasgow, which exposes the sort of casually racist perceptions and expectations that newcomers are routinely subjected to. “How did a Pakistani family cope when arriving in cold and wet Scotland? Like many migrants they used food to make friends. But when no one had heard of a samosa, how could the barriers be broken down?” Expect something warm and funny, whilst dealing with the serious points. Click here for info and tickets.