Pat MAkela on drums with Beating Wing Orchestra

CAN has received a huge boost because we have successfully accessed a large-scale grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund success for Congolese Living Histories!

CAN has received a huge boost because we have successfully accessed a large-scale grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funding will support an oral histories project with the Congolese community who have been migrating to Britain since the late 1980s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war.

In particular, the project will focus on the Congolese people who have settled in Greater Manchester since 1998 as a result of the Home Office Asylum-Seeker dispersal system; either arriving in Greater Manchester seeking asylum and then gaining ‘Leave to Remain’, or through the Government’s Gateway programme as legitimate refugees.

The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Record, preserve and share the stories & memories of the Congolese community in Greater Manchester
  • Provide a permanent public archive of Congolese oral histories
  • Develop accessible interpretations of the oral archives & people’s history that will communicate well with modern audiences through the production of a heritage inspired oratory featuring spoken-word, song & narration that will tell the powerful story of the Congolese historical migration to Britain in recent years that will be shared at a live heritage event

Cilla Baynes, Creative Director at CAN says:

“This investment is fantastic news for the Congolese community in Greater Manchester. The history of the recent migration of Congolese communities to Greater Manchester since 1998 is extremely important to the cultural and social history of the city. We are thrilled that this programme can go ahead which will mean an enormous amount to the Congolese people who have made their homes here.”

The programme will start in April 2013 and run until Summer 2014.

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