Members of the refugee and asylum seeker communities may face unique challenges of identity, integration and a lack of social support. The aim of the RISE Music & Arts project is to reduce social isolation within the refugee and asylum seeker communities and help youth re-engage with wider society through various forms of artistic expression. Our music and arts projects also act as a medium for engaging with the wider community through events and festivals and enable us to showcase the various talents and cultural assets that our refugee and asylum seeker communities possess.
The RISE music studio will give opportunities to aspiring young artists to positively express themselves and develop industry skills in a safe and supportive environment. With the assistance of our talented and professional staff, we hope to provide training, educational mentoring, engineering and production facilities for young people to professionally record, market and distribute their songs.
The need for this project arose from RISE’s consultations with asylum seekers and refugee communities. One of the most common needs identified by young people is for their voice to be heard, recognised and acknowledged in addressing the various challenges they face.
As such this program is aimed at empowering participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to positively express their own identities within the context of their environment. The recording space has established a positive relationship between participants and instructors, thereby enabling positive social skills and artistic mentorship to grow.
The Cypher workshop runs every Saturdays for four hours and it currently an ongoing initiative that teaches participants the fundamentals in