On 31st January, we held the launch event for Bedford Music In Detention in the beautiful Bunyan Meeting House.
The aim of the event was to showcase the amazing work we do in Yarl’s Wood to an audience of local musicians, politicians and community group leaders, with a view to getting them involved from the outset in our future programme. Among the audience were the Mayor of Bedford and High Sherriff of Bedfordshire, who heard voices from detainees, an introduction to the programme from MID’s director John Speyer and a performance of work co-written by detainees and members of Sight Concern.
Sadly, our participants from Sight Concern were unable to be there to perform alongside our regular workshop leaders Shammi and Michael. In the event, the row of empty microphones onstage served as a very visual reminder of how important our role is in giving voice to the most isolated areas of society.