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Flying Carpets was an exciting family-friendly performance created and performed by refugee creatives at Manchester Museum.

Flying Carpets

Flying Carpets was a site specific performance, leading audiences on a journey into the hidden stories behind some of Manchester Museum’s unique collections. Audiences were transported across centuries, civilisations and continents through music, dance and storytelling.

From a Saturday night out in a Congolese village, to the ramblings of Ishtar, Mesopotamian Goddess of love, beauty, war, and political power, audiences were invited to explore historical links to Manchester’s refugee communities and experience the museum in a whole new light.

Flying Carpets was extremely popular with audiences and attracted around 500 people to experience the piece which was family-friendly and was created and performed by artists new to the region as part of a day-long programme of free activities at Manchester Museum for Journeys Festival International.

Created by Community Arts North West with Abas El Janabi, Amani Creatives, Arian Sadr, Fereshteh Mozaffari and Mahboobeh Rajabi.

Directed by Cheryl Martin

In collaboration with Journeys Festival International, Manchester Museum and Rethink Rebuild Society

Flying Carpets is a new Journeys Festival International commission that took place at the JFI Manchester Museum Takeover on Saturday 7 October. This event was part of the wider Journeys Festival International programme, which took place in various locations across the city between 2-15 October 2017.

To download the full JFI programme please click here:
JFI Manchester 2017
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Manchester Museum Take Over


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