CREATIVE ARTS

We are very excited to announce the launch of NMM Creative Arts, a multi-disciplinary platform designed to help people engage with migration matters through the arts. We believe that issues surrounding migration need not be limited to being discussed in a purely academic setting. Therefore, we wanted to use creative projects to provide a voice for migrants as well as raise awareness of some of the difficult issues and circumstances experienced by these individuals. We’ve got lots of exciting projects in the pipeline including comedy and clowning workshops, drama classes, as well as poetry and art competitions. We will be announcing the rest of our forthcoming projects very soon so make sure to keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news!

 

The NMM Creative Arts programme is curated by actress and writer Sophie Fox.

 

If you would like to get involved, or know of someone who would benefit from this programme, then please get in touch with us at: contact@networkformigrationmatters.com 

Food for Thought

Recipes from migrants

The meaning of food is an exploration of culture through food. What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is, it has a rich cultural base. Beyond merely nourishing the body, what we eat and with whom we eat can inspire and strengthen the bonds between individuals, communities, and even countries.

Vatika Sibal 

Associate Professor at St. Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce

Welcome to Food for Thought, an online collection of recipes and food memories where we explore the relationship between food and culture.

Food has always been a great unifier of people, it can forge bonds between people and communities that transcend language barriers and cultural differences, as eating and enjoying food is something we can all understand equally. In several religious and cultural traditions the act of taking a meal together is an act of trust that fosters an immediate sense of community. For many refugees and migrants, food manifests not just as a way of expressing one’s cultural identity, but also as a means of retaining it. Sharing recipes past down through generations is one of the most tangible ways we can connect to our personal and cultural history, and one of the best ways to keep traditions alive whether in our homeland or in a foreign country. 

If you wish to cook along with us contact us then please post a picture of your finished meal

and tag us on instagram @nmm_uk

Check out the stories and recipes we have collected from migrants by clicking on the images below.