Musicultural Conversations


Fun and interactive English, music and drama sessions for refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities.


  Upcoming events

About us


With Musicultural Conversations, we aim to bring people together to experience the shared joy of drama and music, while harnessing their power to introduce, explore and practice conversational English in a fun and engaging way.

After running a series of in-person and online sessions in 2020, we are returning to run weekly sessions on Saturday mornings (10:00-12:00) from 25 June to 6 August 2022, at The Holbeck in Leeds. Refreshments and bus tickets will be provided at the sessions.

In February and March 2020 we ran our first sessions, at The Holbeck. We had a vibrant group of participants and volunteers, representing sixteen different countries and a multitude of languages.

Each session focused on a different theme and culminated in an original song written specifically for the theme and purpose. The sessions and songs also involved participants in the creative process by incorporating their voices, ideas and experiences.

Sadly we had to cancel the final sessions due to the COVID-19 crisis, but thanks to support from our partners and funders we ran a series of sessions on Zoom in July 2020, following an initial online session as part of the Refugee Week celebrations. We strongly believe in the capacity of music, drama and creative self-expression to uplift, nurture and empower, and this was particularly true during a time of increased uncertainty, challenge, isolation and powerlessness, when opportunities to connect and create with others became even more valuable.

Our aims


Music

Using music and interactive activities

Language

Practising conversational English

Social

Bringing people together

Fun

Creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere

Meet the team

(click on the photo for bio)


Photo of Sarah Stead
Sarah Stead is an experienced choir leader, musician and drama teacher, with proven skills in providing interactive and engaging sessions using rhythm, melody and vocal capacity. Recent examples of Sarah's work include her roles as 'The Local Vocals' community choir leader for Moortown West Residents' Association, ‘Wired’ project tutor for Yorkshire Sound Women Network (engaging young women in the exploration of music technology) and Music Director for the Armley People’s Theatre's 2019 production of 'An Armley Christmas Carol'. The objective within this work is to build a sense of identity and belonging through engaging with community arts.
Photo of Nicky Bray
Nicky Bray is a community music worker, musician and singer-songwriter who organises free music events which aim to encourage confidence, creativity and collaboration, and to bring people together to share the joy of music in a welcoming and inclusive environment. She has provided music/wellbeing sessions and resources for organisations including Chapel FM, Conversation Club Leeds, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Leeds Music Trust, Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network, Made with Music, Music:Leeds, Neighbourhood Action and Playful Anywhere. As lead volunteer for the Committee for Foreign Language Assistants in Yorkshire, she also runs a programme of social and academic support for non-native speakers of English who spend a year in Yorkshire working in local schools.

Photos


Photo of group taking part in musicultural conversations event

Photo of group taking part in musicultural conversations event
Photo of whiteboard from musicultural conversations event

Events

We are running weekly sessions on Saturday mornings (10:00-12:00) from 25 June to 6 August, at The Holbeck in Leeds.

These events are for refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities. Refreshments and bus tickets will be provided at the sessions.

Please email leedsmusicultural@gmail.com if you would like to attend any of the sessions (you don't have to attend them all).

Sat 25 June

10:00-12:00

Sat 2 July

10:00-12:00

Sat 9 July

10:00-12:00

Sat 16 July

10:00-12:00

Sat 23 July

10:00-12:00

Sat 30 July

10:00-12:00

Sat 6 August

10:00-12:00

Partners and funders


We are very grateful for the support of our partners and funders, Leeds Church Institute, and to Leeds City Council for funding our initial in-person sessions in 2020 (via Language Hub funding) and the online sessions we delivered in response to the COVID-19 crisis (via a Leeds Inspired Small Grant). We would also like to thank Open Source Arts for contributing to the cost of equipment to facilitate our online sessions, Slung Low for kindly accommodating our sessions at The Holbeck, and LASSN and Conversation Club Leeds for all their support, guidance and encouragement.

Contact us


If you need to get in touch, send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!