Calling musicians, singers, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, digital and visual artists

Calling artists of all genres!

CAN is recruiting participants to create a Congolese heritage-inspired music narrative called Lisapo – The Congolese Tales in 2014.

Lisapo – the Congolese Tales is a unique oral histories project which aims to record, preserve and share the untold stories of people originally from DR Congo, who have been migrating to Britain since the late 1980s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war. These are people who have forged new lives for themselves and their families and have made their homes in Greater Manchester.

  • Phase One of the programme (which is currently taking place), involves recording 25 oral histories and creating a permanent public archive & online resource.
  • Phase Two of the programme involves using the oral history archive as its main inspiration and starting point to create a 60 minute long, Congolese-heritage inspired music narrative to tell the powerful story of this historical migration to Britain; through music, song, spoken word and digital art.

This is a really exciting project and opportunity for the Congolese community to promote their culture and share their artistic heritage with the rest of the world.

We are looking for 30 project participants to work with a team of artists to create the music narrative. The final production will be performed at Band on the Wall in Manchester on 28 June 2014 (to celebrate Congolese Independence Day), and at the same time will be live streamed and screened to audiences in London and Kinshasa.

The 30 project participants will represent Congolese and other communities resident in Greater Manchester. We are particularly looking for: musicians, poets, spoken word artists and people with other creative skills (for example, dance, drama, visual artists).

This project is for people at all levels, from beginners through to the very experienced. All we ask is that you are over 16 years of age and able to demonstrate commitment, have interest in the subject matter and really want to be part of this important and exciting arts project for Greater Manchester.

The workshops will be held in Manchester on Tuesday evenings (6-9.30pm) from February 2014 (including the occasional Saturday in June tbc). Travel expenses can be reimbursed (capped at £10 per session).

If you would like to be part in this project you will need to attend the launch event on 1 February 2014 at Methodist Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester (10am-4pm). You will have a chance to meet the arts team, find out more about the project and take part in a workshop.

If you would like to attend and/or find out more, please contact Peggy Mulongo, Congolese Heritage Project Manager at Community Arts North West on: Email: | Tel: 0161 234 2940 | Mob: 07456 427741

Unfortunately we may not be able to offer places to all applicants due to strong interest and limited availability.

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