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14Nov 2018

Bedford Music in Detention at Yarl’s Wood closes after five years

Music In Detention and Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) announce the end of the music programme ‘Bedford Music In Detention’ at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) due to an end in financial funding from public service provider Serco.

This brings to an end ten years of helping women and children cope with the ordeal of detention at Yarl’s Wood...

30Oct 2018

Guest blog: Sara Hunter from Sing For A Change!

In this guest blog, Sara Hunter, Director at Sing For A Change! tells us about her passion for music, and how it gives a voice to a marginalised group who otherwise wouldn’t have their voices heard...

29Oct 2018

Music In Detention Long Table Discussion

Please join us for our upcoming Long Table Discussion @ Camden People's Theatre from 7:30pm on Thursday 1st November, as part of No Direction Home season.

Tickets available here (pay what you can)...

31Jul 2018

Blog: Brighton Street Choirs Festival 2018

By Sally Jaquet

On June 30th, a gorgeously sunny day, 30 choirs from all over England descended on Brighton for the Annual Street Choirs Festival. Music in Detention joined as the festival’s charity partner, and as a result of their Refugee Week “sing a song” project, 900 choir participants would sing Human - a song written in a detention centre...

23May 2018

Visit the Who Are We? exhibition featuring MID's music at Tate Exchange

We're very pleased to announce that MID's tracks have been included in an installation as part of the free Who Are We? exhibition which launched at Tate Exchange this week.

Visitors to this new part of the Tate Modern are able to listen to songs created in our workshops in detention via iPads, as seen below...

30Apr 2018

Simple Acts: Sing A Song - Resources for Choirs

Music In Detention is delighted to be involved in one of the ‘20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week' by re-launching our callout to choirs project, inviting choirs from far and wide to cover one of our songs recorded in immigration detention! Read our previous news item for more info on the idea...

19Apr 2018

Blog: A night to remember, as Cowley young people perform music created with detainees

By Gini Simpson

On Friday 23 March, songs co-written by detainees held at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and musicians from the My Normal music project, were performed in public for the first time.

Campsfield House IRC is based on the outskirts of Oxford, near the airport. It holds a maximum of 276 male detainees and is run by...

28Feb 2018

Blog: Residency at Harmondsworth lifts and inspires on a cold, grey day

By Gini Simpson, Arts Development Manager

It was a cold and very grey February day when I first visited Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. Based on the edge of the sprawling complex that is Heathrow Airport, the centre is tucked away on the side of a number of A roads. The Visitor’s Centre and first entrance point is a small prefab, which...

15Feb 2018

20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week - Sing A Song Recorded in Immigration Detention

Music In Detention is delighted to be involved in one of the ‘20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week' by re-launching our callout to choirs project to cover one of our songs recorded in immigration detention!


14Dec 2017

Tabla, Beat-box, Klezmer & Flamenco: an eclectic bunch of new volunteers

By Sally Jaquet

In November, a group of us newly recruited volunteer workshop assistants got to meet each other at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in East London for an induction day. Some of us had already been along to one or two of MID’s music workshops in detention centres, but we're all relatively new to workshop assisting so it was a lovely...

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