Stories of Sanctuary

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Stories of Sanctuary Sunderland

Citizen Songwriters: Join the Music Storytelling Project

Citizen Songwriters are writing songs all about Sunderland, its culture, heritage, history and being a ‘city of sanctuary’. We are inviting you to:

  1. Come ot our workshops to help write songs with us
  2. Learn to sing them
  3. Come and join a new choir to perform them!

Calling people of Sunderland to join a community music project!

This summer, the North East social enterprise Citizen Songwriters are creating a performance piece to celebrate the diverse stories of sanctuary in Sunderland. From glass makers to pilgrims, from shipbuilders to recently arrived sanctuary seekers, people have been arriving and shaping the culture of Sunderland for many centuries.

Citizen Songwriters works with communities to co-create songs all about the stories of people, places and the causes that matter to them. We will be hosting a number of workshops in Sunderland in May and June to gather stories about seeking sanctuary and to train people to sing together to share these stories alongside the musicians from Citizen Songwriters.

The first Stories of Sanctuary project took place in Durham in 2018 and brought together local residents including Syrian refugees recently settled in the North East. We are including some of the original songs from this project in the new Sunderland Stories of Sanctuary performance, along with Raghad Haddad a viola player from the National Syrian Orchestra.

We are specifically interested in working with diverse communities living in Sunderland who have unheard stories of migrating to Sunderland. We are keen to include stories of people who have recently arrived as well as those who grew up in Sunderland from migratory backgrounds (for example those whose family moved for the shipbuilding in the 20th century).

We will also be running workshops with refugees and people seeking sanctuary from Friends of the Drop In at Sunderland Minster who will form part of the choir.