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Bedford Music In Detention launch, 31st January 2014

Bedford Music In Detention launch, 31st January 2014

22nd January 2014

To celebrate the launch of Bedford Music In Detention a special event will take place in Bedford on Friday 31st January, which will showcase songs co-written by detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and visually impaired people from Sight Concern Bedfordshire. Remarkably, these two groups have never met, but have collaborated through song-writing to explore their shared feelings of isolation and notions of home.

Based at Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford MID is a newly established partnership between Music In Detention and local voluntary, community and arts organisations in Bedford.  Bedford MID will take forward MID’s work in the local area and expand the programme of activities, bringing immigration detainees together with professional musicians and local communities to share, create and enjoy music, enabling often-ignored voices to be heard in new ways. 

By sharing their words and songs with local communities, detainees feel empowered because their voices are being heard.  Furthermore, Bedford MID’s workshops enable members of the local community to creatively express their personal stories, thoughts and emotions through music, often for the first time.  Working creatively with music and lyrics written by detainees leads to rich, human connections, helping to overcome prejudice and stigma around immigration.

The Bedford MID launch will feature a drinks reception, a taster workshop led by Bedford MID’s expert musicians, and will culminate in the performance by members of Sight Concern.

Event details:

Date: Friday 31st January 2014

Time: 16.30 – 18.00

Venue: Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

Spaces are limited so please book in advance: www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk/index.php/events/

For further information contact Bedford MID Programme Co-ordinator, Roger Illingworth: roger@musicindetention.org.uk / 01234 818670 / 07746 636075