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22 October - 13 November
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Breaking bread - a community performance about asylum, hope, despair and the importance of family recipes

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What’s on offer?

The event is going to take the form of a performance picnic with refugee women taking part in the performance, alongside the lead researcher, Roda Madziva.  Each participant will take about 30 mins to tell a story about their food and about themselves, their lived experiences and will finish by serving the audience the special food or a dish they would have prepared. Food will be provided for participants to sample.

What’s it about?

The event will bring together a group of refugee women and their families to share their stories of resilience, their dreams and their food. The underpinning research is the University of Nottingham's Institute for Policy and Engagement’s civic engagement project entitled “Aromas that nurture: sharing sensory experiences with the refugee community” which I led (between October 2021 and June 2022), working in partnership with Ignite futures and Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum. Alongside playwright Andy Barrett, we worked with refugee families through workshops designed to create narratives based on life journeys, memories and associations from food and aromas. This was a step towards reducing the barriers between the refugee families and their local university community as well as building on the university’s civic engagement vision. 


Who’s leading the event?

Dr Roda Madziva, Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Open to


Of particular interest to

Those interested in asylum

Event booking deadline

Bookings open until the start of the event