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“In these continuing challenging times, our radio broadcasts share hope, resilience, humour and humanness that celebrate the amazing inspiration we can get from each other’s positive actions, especially in times of hardship."
 

Claire Webster Saaremets, Artistic Director of Skimstone Arts

Skimstone Radio is Skimstone Arts very own internet radio station. Easy and free to access we've been using radio to share specially created music and spoken word, engaging stories and interviews for a number of projects including We Cannot Walk Alone, The Open Page, Whispers & Shouts, UNITY Festival 2021, Who Holds the Torch? and Imagine Your Seat.

Find out more about these projects and listen again via our podcasts:

 

 


We Cannot Walk Alone
Presented as part of Refugee Week 2021


Following the success of UNITY Festival 2021 in March 2021 Claire Webster Saaremets and Kema Sikazwe welcomed audiences live via Zoom to take part in a free interactive journey of discovery to explore songs, stories, spoken word and soundscapes created by diverse communities in response to We Cannot Walk Alone the theme for Refugee Week 2021.

Audiences were guided along an animated map and met artists and communities as they shared the work they’d created and what it means to them. We Cannot Walk Alone included uplifting and thoughtful songs, films and stories and a chance to come together to understand refugee and lived experiences from across the globe that recognise the importance of humanity.

This was an opportunity to enjoy work created by Skimstone Arts’ Young Artist Collective and ECHO Artists, the Bosnian community in the North East of England, Friends of the Drop-In for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Sunderland, communities in Byker, the INSPIRE group in the West End of Newcastle, young people at The Bostey Community Centre in Walker as well as partners working with refugee communities from Libya, now in Accra, Ghana who have all worked with Skimstone Arts’ Associate Artists to co-create and devise new work which was shared as part of this special event.

We Cannot Walk Alone, which was broadcast simultaneously via Skimstone Radio, was presented as part of Refugee Week which took place from 14-20 June. This event was made possible with support from Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Newcastle City Council.

 

The Open Page

On Tuesday 7 June at 12.30pm The Open Page shared songs, stories, spoken word pieces and poems inspired by narratives about the importance of learning and higher education opportunities for the diversity of communities including Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) communities.

This exciting arts project explored the complexity of how equality, belonging and identity affects access to higher education settings, and how places of learning can be respectfully and passionately developed for members of GTRSB.

The Open Page aimed to break the radio silence on GTRBS access and inclusion that has, for too long, existed in higher education, by celebrating the diverse voices and contributions of GTRSB communities and broadcasting Northumbria University, Newcastle's commitment to promoting a welcoming culture and environment for GTRSB members of our communities.

The Open Page is a partnership project between Skimstone Arts and Northumbria University Newcastle and was shared as part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in June.

Whispers & Shouts

Whispers & Shouts was a collaborative project between Durham University and Skimstone Arts celebrating and exploring stories about equality and diversity with staff and students which took place on Tuesday 30 March. It was a chance to hear stories, poems, songs and spoken word inspired by staff and students at Durham University who have shared their experiences of working or studying at the University.

Whispers & Shouts was a commitment to ensuring and demonstrating a positive culture that shouts about inclusion, acceptance and value whilst also addressing whispers of uncertainty and disempowerment. The broadcast explored a diverse range of experiences from staff and students across Colleges, Academic Departments and Professional Services, and gave voice to the whispers and dreams that eventually reality will shout out as diversity thrives and is celebrated across the University community.

UNITY Festival 2021

On Friday 5 March 2021 at 5pm we launched the intergenerational and international UNITY Festival 2021 a music and story festival celebrating community, nature and social action with a Festival Launch Party on Skimstone Radio
 

Listeners were invited to tune in and join presenters Claire Webster Saarements and Kema Sikazwe to find out everything they needed to know about the Festival and how to get involved.

Who Holds the Torch?

On Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 12.30pm listeners were invited to tune in to Who Holds the Torch? three days of live 30 minute radio broadcasts shared via Skimstone Radio to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

This was a chance for people to join presenters Kema Sikazwe and Claire Webster Saaremets and hear specially created songs and stories made with Skimstone musicians, Newcastle residents, refugee families, young people and artists from around the world which celebrated being a light in the darkness, the theme for this year’s memorial day as chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Imagine Your Seat

Imagine Your Seat was an international and intergenerational radio show broadcast over three days in November 2020 to celebrate our imagined seats, where our hearts skip a beat wherever we are in the world. Imagine Your Seat was created after the success of Here’s Your Seat, a 42 minute film of songs, poems and photographs, created during lockdown with communities in Byker, Walker, East Durham and across the world, projected from St Michael’s Cafe, Byker and online in summer 2020.

 

Podcasts of these broadcasts can be accessed by clicking on the 'Listen Here' link above.