A project that aims to create opportunities to express, share and explore of feelings of displacement
Meaning of the word 'Hiraeth'
Hiraeth is a Welsh word that conveys the longing for a home that you cannot return to, or that never was.
About the Project
The Hiraeth project aims to provide a platform of expression and a network of support for anyone who is experiencing feelings of displacement, for groups who may feel that their voices are not heard. Through creative workshops, we hope to provide an opportunity for participants to explore and express their experiences, thoughts and questions around migration and feelings of homelessness. Hiraeth hopes to counter stereotypical perceptions of Cambridge and who ‘belongs’ to it, by reflecting the rich diversity of the people who live here.
This year we will be working mainly with a group of unaccompanied asylum seeking teenagers living in Cambridge and people staying in Jimmy's Homeless Shelter.
The two main facets of Hiraeth this year will be:
  • Regular creative workshops - creative writing, music, photography, collage, film, arts... Workshops will happen on an ad hoc base according to volunteer availability and linked to the Hiraeth themes of 'home' and 'belonging'. If you've got an idea for a workshop, please send us a pitch - we welcome all skills and ideas! If you would just like to help the running of the workshops, please also apply! In previous years we have produced a small publication to share the work from Hiraeth sessions and hope to do so again this year.
  • 8 one-hour long episodes of a radio programme or podcast. We need a small team of enthusiastic volunteers to help facilitate and plan the programme. Each member of the team would be responsible for one 'content block', arranging interviews and planning content. We will be planning the programme in Michaelmas 2018 and producing it in Lent 2019.
Get Involved!
If you're interested in participating in or leading a Hiraeth workshop it would be great to hear from you! Submit a pitch via our online form, or if you find it easier, email one to eleanor.chapman@cambridgehub.org
It would also be great to hear from you if you think you could contribute to a Hiraeth radio programme or podcast. Apply online to let us know of any relevant skills and get in touch if you have any questions.
Please contact Ellie, eleanor.chapman@cambridgehub.org, with any questions or ideas!
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