Tears for Burundi workshops

Help us make a giant figure for a commemorative procession

weeping sisters in huddersfield


These are giant figures, called Weeping Sisters, made by local people for the Holocaust Memorial Day anniversary processions in 2017 and 2018, to remember genocides around the world experienced by people who live in Kirklees.

This year we are going to make a giant figure representing a BURUNDIAN WOMAN, remembering genocide in that country which is next to Rwanda. Burundians living in West Yorkshire will be involved this year.

Would you like to get involved in helping to make this, working with an artist and costume designer? We are interested in working with a variety of people from many cultures.

There will be 8 sessions from 2 December to 27 January to make the puppet, taking place at Empire House, (5th floor – Brigantia) in the centre of Dewsbury.

If you are would like to take part and you would enjoy working with clay, paper, bamboo structures and fabric and getting to know new people, please book a place with Kim Strickson from 6 million+ Charitable Trust kim.strickson@6millionplus.org or tel 07812 782082 to let us know you are coming. Bring a friend.

What will happen?

The subject matter is serious, but the sessions when we make the giant figure will be friendly and welcoming. It is a great way of spending time with friends, learning new skills, as well as meeting people from a variety of backgrounds, working together to create something special. You don’t need to be good at crafts or ‘creative’ to take part. The design of the giant figure is simple, and our experienced ‘artists’ will help make it easy to create them. We will share some food and drink together too.

Dates of Sessions

Sunday 2 December 2 – 4pm
Sunday 9 December 2 – 4pm
Sunday 16 December 2 – 4pm
Sunday 23rd December 2 – 4pm

Sunday 6 January 2 – 4pm
Sunday 13 January 2 – 4pm
Sunday 20 January2 – 4pm

Sunday 27th January (rehearsal and small event in Dewsbury)

Tuesday 29th January: PROCESSION IN HUDDERSFIELD beginning at 6pm
followed by a performance and candle lighting at the University of Huddersfield.