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On Thursday 9th March, people of all ages and backgrounds are being invited to Sew Off!

Organised by creative social enterprise Lightseekers, the Leicester-based event is being held as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day 2017. Participants will be able to meet new people and enjoy a day filled with sewing, art and crafts, as well as making a contribution to a collaborative tapestry.

Photo Credit: Kajal Nisha Patel

The event will also be accompanied by a spectacular exhibition called Moksha, which means liberation. The work forms part of the award winning visual artist, Kajal Nisha Patel’s Leverhulme Artist Residency at The University of Leicester.

More than 100 individuals from eight different community groups participated in the creation of this work. This is the third time the work has been displayed, each time taking on a new meaning.

Photo Credit: Kajal Nisha Patel

Artist and Lightseekers founder and Director, Kajal Nisha Patel says: “Sew Off! is a culmination of a year-long project in which we worked with more than 100 people from settled and newly arrived communities. At its core, the project aims to use art and craft as a way of bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together,” said Kajal.

“With the exhibition and workshop we are holding as part of this year’s International Women’s Day, we will also be celebrating Leicester’s diversity and the spirit of caring, sharing and solidarity that pervades many aspects of life in this city. The event is free and everyone is welcome.”

Sew Off! will be held at The Peepul Centre on Orchardson Avenue and will run from 11am until 4pm.

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