The team behind the Young People Together film outside the Spiegeltent after their performance at Festival of the Mind 2022.
Video, 30 mins

Young People Together

Young sanctuary seekers in Sheffield working creatively to build belonging.

Collaborating with an incredible group of young people seeking sanctuary and living in Sheffield, UK, this film explores the world they want for their futures and how creativity can bring people together and build communities.

The film focuses on the process underpinning the formation of the Young People Together group in 2022, and their journey whilst working towards and delivering their first public performance. It highlights the power of young people as artists sharing their experiences of building their lives and how creative practice can support more inclusive spaces for young people and young migrants working together for change.

This work was initiated through partnerships supported by the MIMY project at the University of Sheffield.

Find out more about the Young People Together group’s September performance ‘We Need Change’ which took place at the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind here:

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Find out more about the MIMY research project here:

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The Film

  • Sean Lovell, Director
  • Asma Kabadeh, Producer
  • Dr Thea Shahrokh, University of Sheffield, Producer
  • Interviewees: Alina Aleva, Kandali Uushona, Anosh Malik, Diyo Bopengo Jr, Chudier, Khaled Aljawad, Abigail Ward, Kadhim, Omid



  • Festival of the Mind and ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant, University of Sheffield
  • MIMY project, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870700

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