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Radio Free Brghton were very happy to be joined in the studio by Dan from the rYico recently, who spoke to us about the upcoming multimedia exhibition of audio, text, photographs and paintings commemorating the Rwandan past and celebrating the future.
“The exhibition is part of a Heritage Lottery funded project led by local community group Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico). Over several months, trained volunteers conducted life story interviews with members of the Rwandan community. The interviews were then developed into an exhibition creatively drawing upon a range of media to best convey the unique perspective of each story.
According to rYico Director Vivenie Mugunga, the exhibition is a rare opportunity for Rwandans to tell their stories in their own way: “Members of the Rwandan community in the U.K often feel that there is a great amount of misinformation and misrepresentation about Rwanda and Rwandans out there”. For Mugunga the exhibition is a source of empowerment for the community: “the Rwandan diaspora are given a role to play in telling and keeping their own history as well as representing themselves in the way they would like. Who could tell your story better than yourself?”
In telling their stories, participants aim to promote a better understanding of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and preserve the memories of the Rwandan diaspora. The exhibition also explores broader themes of prejudice, ignorance, forgiveness and reconciliation ─ encouraging visitors to think deeply about the past as it relates to the present.
Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the U.K is showing at the Jubilee Library, Brighton from 6 June – 8 July 2012 followed by other U.K locations. Admission is free. ”
Brighton & Hove Eco Energy is hosting an Eco Energy Fair on 15 October at the Brighthelm Centre. The event will help the people of Brighton & Hove to be better informed about how they can manage their energy requirements more efficiently. The exhibition will be open from 10am – 4pm and there is a programme of short talks and information sessions, which are free to visitors. Entry fee is £3, £2 concessions. We have four speakers confirmed on the programme. They will be talking about renewable energy and giving people some hints and tips to live a more energy efficient lifestyle. At least twenty exhibitors will be exhibiting their products and services which are all designed to educate visitors or help them to make informed energy choices.
Exhibitors include energy companies, environmental charities and Brighton-based businesses. This year, we are short of volunteers to run the event. If you would like to help, please come to our next meeting this Tuesday 20th September, at 7:30PM, in the foyer of the Old Ship Hotel.