People living in Boston have been giving their views about the impact of migration on the town as part of an innovative art project.
The Alchemy Project aims to break down cultural barriers in the borough and bring people from different communities together.
A short film, entitled It Aint What It Used To Be, was shown to launch a photographic exhibition at Boston Borough Council’s Municipal Buildings.
Produced by Lincoln-based Blueprint Film Foundation, it features Boston residents of all ages giving their no-holds barred opinions on the town and how they feel it has changed over the last decade.
Words used to describe Boston included ‘vibrant’, ‘dirty’, ‘over-crowded’, ‘historic’ and ‘multicultural’.
Listing the ‘best’ of the town, some sited the Stump, ‘the people’, the ‘friendly atmosphere’, the shops and Central Park.
For the ‘worst’ of Boston, some listed ‘the foreigners’ and ‘feeling like a foreigner in your own country’ – while others said ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘too much conflict’ were the main issues.
Drugs, litter, lack of jobs and noise from ‘overcrowded houses’ were also spoken of.
David Lambert, managing director of Cultural Solutions UK, which is working with the project, said: “We are artists not politicians or sociologists but it is a very serious project with a lot of responsibility.
“The aim is to demystify the public’s perceptions around some of the myths and misunderstandings of the new arrivals into the town.”
The film is the second of five being made as part of the project, run by JUST Lincolnshire. The first, entitled Views and Voices, offers a brief history of the town and people talking about what it is like living here – including anti-immigration campaigner Dean Everitt.
The exhibition is free and runs at the Municipal Buildings in West Street until January 4.
Fore more information about the Alchemy Project and its future activities and film projects visit www.alchemyproject.eu