* Creative Lives Awards 2022 - Wales Winner *

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Oasis One World Choir welcomes people seeking sanctuary in Cardiff and the wider community. They aim to learn from those who connect with the choir; sharing, growing and forming together. The choir has become a lifeline for many people who are faced with restarting their lives in a new country; often in a language that is completely new to them. The language of music transcends these barriers, and Oasis One World Choir allows people to make new friends and build community together.

The process of seeking asylum can be long and uncertain. Asylum seekers are often placed in temporary accommodation where they may not have any connections. The choir’s aim is to help healing, and strengthen community engagement through the power of music, singing, songwriting movement and drumming. The choir is able to break down linguistic and cultural barriers that add to the culture, community and unity of Wales.

Oasis One World Choir makes a community out of diversity, and despite its transient membership and irregular participation, offers a resilient environment that fosters integration and wellbeing, representing over 30 different nationalities. The choir brings enormous therapeutic and social benefits to its members and provides a powerful model for unity in these divided times. 

“Over the years we have become a 'go to' project for other practitioners to engage creatively with people from around the world," says Tracy Pallant of Oasis One World Choir. "Our energy, richness and power come from the combination of a sense of close family, shared experiences and a huge range of musical cultures.” 

[Pictured: Diane Hebb, Arts Council of Wales; Mujib Yahaya, Oasis One World Choir; Christianah Ugbaja, Oasis One World Choir; Helen Keatley, Creative Lives]

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