Aishá Lourenço of Beating Wing Orchestra on drums

"Fabulous music, joyful atmosphere, culturally diverse, raising positive profile of the contribution of refugees to the UK."

Exodus Live

CAN’s flagship cross-cultural music programme, Exodus Live gives voice to Greater Manchester’s wealth of home grown world music talent.

Since it was launched in 2005, Exodus Live has nurtured a generation of refugee heritage musicians to:

  • Develop and share their music with new audiences
  • Make new links with musicians from diverse heritages resulting in a range of eclectic and exciting musical collaborations
  • Access a wide range of mainstream cultural opportunities including the Manchester International Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival
  • Infuse the region’s already unique musical mix with the vitality of new cultures

The Exodus Live nights have a vibrant, feel-good atmosphere which has proved extremely popular with audiences.  Exodus Live has showcased the music of over 500 performers engaging with over 2,500 audience members through Exodus Live events and over 50,000 people through Exodus Festivals (2004-2010).

Exodus Live has supported a plethora of talented bands to launch and fly, from the infectious Britannia Rhumba, to the soulful African gospel trio, Testimony and from the rolling desert blues of Tuareg musician, Danto Aiya to the haunting sounds of Kurdish ensemble, Lost Melody.

In addition, Exodus Live has provided a catalyst for a range of exciting musical collaborations between refugee and other culturally diverse heritage musicians from Greater Manchester.  The unique, cross-cultural Beating Wing Orchestra for example, has attracted creative collaborations with such world music greats as Malian musicians, Amadou and Mariam gaining international press coverage. This unique ensemble now has a national standing and attracts audiences from across the country.

From 2012 onwards, CAN is planning to develop opportunities for musicians from refugee and locally-based diverse heritages, and create a sustainable model through which to take Exodus Live forward into the future. Partnerships with venues, producers and the independent creative sector will be key to this development, as will the ownership and buy in of the Exodus bands. The programme is currently being developed so watch this space for details!

For further information or to get involved, contact Magdalen.