The Bedford Music In Detention partnership is underway! Working in partnership with Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford MID aims to expand the existing programme of music activities with detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre and encourage more connections between detainees and local community groups in Bedford.
Music In Detention is a national charity that has worked with immigration detainees since 2005, 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 MID seeks to embed this work in the local community and one of our first priorities is to recruit local musicians to be involved in the delivery of participatory music workshops. If you’re a Bedford-based musician and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you! We also hope to develop our work with schools and community groups in Bedford, building connections and understanding between detainees and local community members.
In the pipeline for January is a Community Exchange project, which will bring together detainees with visually impaired people (VIPs) at Sight Concern Bedford. This project will culminate in a performance by VIPs at the Bedford MID launch event, which will showcase our work and celebrate the arrival of Bedford MID!
For more information please contact the Bedford Music In Detention Programme Co-ordinator, Roger Illingworth: