Celebrating Émigré Contributions to British Culture

“The extraordinary generation of artists, writers and designers who found sanctuary in Britain from the Nazi regime brought ideas and skills and talent. But they also brought a breadth of possibilities: their practices crossed borders. There could not be a better time to celebrate them and to recognise what wealth we gain from those we welcome here.” Edmund de Waal OBE

 

Insiders/Outsiders is a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating the indelible contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to British culture. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, the festival includes exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and literary events.

A substantial companion volume to the festival is published by Lund Humphries.

“This is an important and timely initiative, one that should help us to better understand the realities of life as a refugee – then and now – and the remarkable contributions to be made by Britain’s more recent arrivals.”
Philippe Sands QC

Insiders/Outsiders

Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture
Edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen

The Clothes on our Backs

How Refugees from Nazism Revitalised the British Fashion Trade
By Anna Nyburg

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer

Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement
By Ursula Prokop

Their Safe Haven

Hungarian artists in Britain from the 1930s
Compiled and edited by Robert Waterhouse

Musical Journeys

Performing Migration in Twentieth-Century Music
By Florian Scheding

Ascher: The Mad Silkman

By Konstantina Hlavácková

The Exiles

Actors, Artists and Writers Who Fled the Nazis for London
By Daria Santini

Moholy-Nagy in Britain

1935-1937
By Valeria Carullo