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22 January 2021  -  05 January 2021

I Speak Music London launch events

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Friday 22, 29 January and 5 February 2021

2:00pm – 4:00pm (followed by social time from 4pm)

Online via Zoom

What is I Speak Music?

I Speak Music is a programme using music to promote learning, empathy and cultural tolerance between people newly arrived in the UK and local communities. I Speak Music is run by Surrey Arts and combines three core strands:

  1. A youth songwriting project exclusively for unaccompanied minors
  2. An inclusive community orchestra for adults of refugee and non-refugee backgrounds
  3. Training and networking opportunities

What are the London launch events all about? 

I Speak Music has had a huge impact in Surrey, so we’d like to share ideas and learning with friends and partners in London. Sound Connections is hosting the London launch event series to bring together people working with, or interested in working with, refugees, asylum seekers and people displaced from their countries of birth. 

The sessions will create an open and empathetic space in which to learn, reflect and connect. 

The series will feature:

– A keynote from the inspirational Laura Hassler, Founder and Director of Musicians Without Borders

– Films and performances from I Speak Music musicians

– Provocations and discussions

– Presentations and workshops from people working with refugees and asylum seekers in a broad range of contexts from police and teachers to London-based music projects

The events aim to:

– increase knowledge of how music and the arts can support the personal and social needs of groups who have been displaced from their country of birth and help them settle into life in the UK;

– increase knowledge of how music and the arts can promote cultural tolerance between people;

– broker new contacts and partnership opportunities;

– identify needs and gaps in provision;

– build greater understanding of how a multi agency approach can better support people newly arrived in the UK.

Full details on the three sessions: