A major new nationwide arts festival

Celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture

March 2019-March 2020

The festival (initiated by Monica Bohm-Duchen) highlights the indelible contribution of the artists, photographers, writers, architects, designers, actors, filmmakers, dancers and musicians as well as publishers, art historians, dealers and collectors who, in fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, greatly enriched this country’s culture. Programmed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Insiders/Outsiders also highlights the contemporary relevance of these émigrés and their ongoing influence on Britain’s cultural landscape.

We are working with partners including Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, London Transport Museum, Pallant House Gallery and Glyndebourne to put together a vibrant and ambitious programme of exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, lectures and literary events taking place throughout 2019 and beyond.

The companion volume to the Festival will be published in early March. To pre-order, click here.


We will announce the full programme in the New Year

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Support us

We are already working with over 60 nationwide partners and our festival continues to grow. We would like as many people as possible to remember the achievements of the émigrés we’re celebrating, so we now turn to you to support our ambition for Insiders/Outsiders. Support us with a donation (via Burgh House CIO) quoting INSIDERS/OUTSIDERS.


Festival programme enquiries: Marilyn Greene

Press enquiries: Iliana Taliotis




This project is supported by The Association of Jewish Refugees