We build bridges across racial and cultural divides through music. Our project creates a welcoming space where asylum seekers and refugees come together with local and international musicians, to collaborate on the development and performance of our music.
Our aims are
- to promote the arts for the benefit of refugees, asylum seekers and the general public. - to encourage the development of our members’ skills and confidence, - to promote members' inclusion in the wider community. - to increase members' capacity to contribute more fully to the local community - to promote racial harmony, equality, diversity and human rights.
Crossings was set up in September 2009 arising from a feasibility study looking into the creative needs of refugees and asylum seekers. It has a Board of Trustees, with strong representation and input from Crossings members, a Volunteer Co-ordinating Team and over 30 volunteers. We have a number of partners offering support services to our members – personal support, IT and legal advice. Our weekly sessions are held at the Holy Biscuit in Newcastle; we welcome members from across the North East and our band performs locally and nationally.
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