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Music with local communities

Music with local communities

What

We run about 50 workshops a year in communities near Immigration Removal Centres in all sorts of places – schools, community centres, churches – and we work with people of all ages who may themselves have experienced being excluded or otherwise disadvantaged. We are developing partnerships in each locality, which will take time but is already proving fruitful, and we plan to empower local communities to be able to run our workshops in and around their local IRCs.

Why

Communities near detention centres do not necessarily know much – if anything ­– about these institutions and why people are detained. We think that using music to draw together very disparate communities helps to bring a deeper understanding and engagement between them. Music is a pathway to experience that is not exclusive, and Music In Detention considers that the linking of community partnerships with detainees opens up a range of experiences and opportunities for both groups and individuals to think about their shared humanity, and the way they think about people who are perceived to be “different”. 

How

Our workshops with local communities open up a line of communication between these communities and detainees. Our musicians go back and forth between the two, allowing songs, ideas, experiences, lyrics and instrumental tracks to be shared. We enable all who participate to get involved in the creative process and make music that speaks to everyone. These links, whether virtual – through the music being shared electronically – or physical – where community participants can visit IRCs – are a key part of developing understanding and empathy between those who are detained and those who live locally.

 

Songwriting project with Family Groups Bedford

Songwriting project with Family Groups Bedford