Music in Detention

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

There are two strands to the Asian Music Circuit's outreach programme: Music in Hospitals and Music in Detention.

Since 2008, the AMC has been working in partnership with Music in Detention to deliver workshops in all ten Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) across the UK.

A pilot programme in 2005 took participatory music activities into four of the UK's IRCs. The results proved the life-affirming experience of group music-making crossed cultural and language barriers and had a massive impact in relieving the stress suffered by detainees. Following this pilot, Music in Detention was formed by a group of organisations and individuals. Today, it is a registered charity which works to give immigration detainees a voice through music, and to create channels of communication between them, immigration detention staff, local communities and the wider public.

The Asian Music Circuit works with dedicated UK-based musicians to deliver workshops in two IRCs (Harmondsworth and Yarl's Wood) on a monthly basis, and to several others around the country on a less regular basis throughout the year.