Bedford Music in Detention has a new coordinator. Taking over from Roger Illingworth, Jih-Wen will manage music projects with detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, making and embedding the connection between detainees and the local community.
Jih-Wen has worked for more than 20 years as an independent producer of contemporary dance and cultural programmes locally, nationally and internationally. She is artistic director of Step Out Arts, a company that supports and develops the work of British East Asian dance artists. In a typical year Jih-Wen’s rich and diverse work has taken her from presenting new dance works at the Edinburgh Festival, delivering cultural programmes in schools to producing ambitious Chinese New Year celebrations.
Music in Detention
is a national charity that works with immigration detainees, bringing them together with professional musicians and local communities to share, create and enjoy music, enabling often-ignored voices to be heard in new ways.
Bedford Music in Detention is a partnership of local voluntary, community and arts organisations facilitated by Bedford Creative Arts.