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Koestler Awards Commendation for song recorded in Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre

Koestler Awards Commendation for song recorded in Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre

16th October 2019

A song composed and recorded by detainees at Tinsley House detention centre near Gatwick airport titled I Want To Run Away has received a 'Commended Award' from the Koestler Awards 2019. 

This is Music In Detention's fourth consecutive year of successful submissions on behalf of people we've worked with to the prestigious awards for arts in criminal justice, immigration detention and secure hospitals, marking an acknowledegment of the mass of talent and potential of people detained in the UK's immigration removal centres.

We are proud of the work we do to amplify the voices of those largely unheard to reach a wider audience, and we'd encourage you to have a listen to the thought-provoking lyrics in this reggae-inspired song on our music player here: https://www.musicindetention.org.uk/player/?keyword=I+want+to+run+away&location=&artist=&created=&view=tracks#track=861

The song starts as a lament about the status quo, talking about what has happened to humanity, and ends up as a call to action. You can hear a guitar solo as well as the Cajon and brilliant voices singing "dua të ik shpeit" - Albanian for "I want to run away".

With thanks to Music for Change artists Anna de Mutiis and Alexander D Great who produced this recording as part of a one day workshop in February 2019.

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The 2019 UK exhibition of Another Me, produced by Koestler Arts and curated by award-winning musician & MC Soweto Kinch, is on at Southbank Centre until 3 November. 

Another Me is the 12th exhibition produced by Koestler Arts in partnership with Southbank Centre.