Posted on 22 September 2022
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Now in its third year of operation, Cultural Conversations is a community-based arts hub, providing opportunities for people from Nelson’s former refugee and migrant communities to share music, art and storytelling through creative programmes, workshops, and events.
When NBS learnt of the great work that the Cultural Conversation team were doing, they were keen to get behind the group and to support their work by providing financial sponsorship.
Nic Foster, NBS’ Community Engagement Manager commented that:
The work that Cultural Conversations is doing makes a real difference to the lives of new members of the Nelson Community and we are delighted to be able to support this important work.”
Cultural Conversations will use the money received from NBS to make a podcast series of conversations between migrants, present live art concerts with migrant musicians, run “global stitch up” craft sessions and to buy a projector and screen to host live art and more.
Tanya Nock of Cultural Conversations thanks NBS for supporting their kaupapa and says: “Our mahi is focused on providing a safe space that encourages others to lead the way by teaching, sharing, learning and talking.”
Tanya adds that many things can enrich life and give it meaning and that people are less likely to become isolated if they regularly take part in activities, they find interesting or fulfilling.
“We believe that everyone deserves to be welcomed and included, and that nobody should be isolated or lonely. We recognise that people coming together around the arts can be transformational for our communities.”, she says.