BBC Radio Leicester are building an audio archive of 100 stories from people who came to live in Leicester or Leicestershire from another country. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and the archive contains a diverse range of tales from people who have contributed to the area in various ways. To contribute visit the BBC website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, protects and assists people fleeing conflict or persecution. Established in 1951, it now has a staff of more than 8,000 working in 126 countries. At UNHRC Tracks, they are running photography workshops entitled ‘Do You See What I See?’ with Syrian refugees. Equipped with digital cameras and neverending energy, the children and young people have been producing images that reveal the fears and hopes, loss and longing of their lives in exile. 3.2 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and North Africa and 795,000 people have benefited from shelter assistance in camp and non‐camp settings in 2014. All their stories are featured online on the UNHRC Tracks website.
Watch the project’s trailer below.
- Do you have a story you would like to tell through photography, radio, music or comic strips?
- Would you like to run a media or arts project in your own community or organisation?
Yes? On 28 November at Paddington Arts, participate in a free day of talks and practical workshops exploring how to use multimedia and the arts to tell migrant stories.
Our Journey: Exploring migrant stories through multimedia and the arts, is a conference by My Journey and BEAMS and hosted by the participatory photography organisation PhotoVoice.
The day is free and travel costs inside London can be refunded. There will also be a complimentary lunch by the migrant women’s catering group Chickpea Sisters, and drinks/ finger food in the evening.
Spaces are limited so if you would like to come, book now on Eventbrite.
Please note the morning talks are aimed at people who would like to run their own workshops or project, while the afternoon workshops are for everyone.
The conference will be followed by a free exhibition 29-30 November. Visit www.my-journey.org.uk for more information.
They make up 40% of the population of London, and everyone seems to be talking about them. But what do the capital’s migrants say about themselves?
My Journey showcases the work of London migrants from all over the world, who use a range of media to tell their personal stories, including experiences of immigration detention and homelessness, the triumph of settling in, and candid observations about London life.
Visitors are invited to browse comic strips, listen to audio stories, watch short films and view medium format, tintype and digital photographs produced by the group.
The exhibition coincides with the London premier of Stowaway by the critically acclaimed Analogue Theatre on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October, which tells the story of a man from India who finds himself far from home and adrift from everything he knows.
Follow them on Twitter @migrantsmrc #myjourney for updates.
Originally blogged here: Detention Inquiry, by The Detention Forum.