Highlights from the Lisapo event celebrating Congolese culture in Manchester

Community Arts North West has recently delivered a new and unique Congolese Heritage project called Lisapo – The Congolese Tales (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund).

Lisapo focused on the narrative oral histories and cultural traditions of the Congolese community which has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980’s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war.

The project also includes the Lisapo oral histories archive which is available for the public to access at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive at Manchester Central Library, and the North West Sound Archive.


Extracts from the oral history recordings are available on-line through the Community Arts North West and Lisapo websites at: http://lisapotales.wordpress.com/oral-histories/ and http://can.uk.com/archive/lisapo-oral-histories/ 

The films of the Lisapo performance provide a fantastic educational tool for sharing the heritage of this new and vibrant community and are available to view on the CAN website  at:

http://bit.ly/lisapo-performance And on the Lisapo website at: https://lisapotales.wordpress.com

 We hope you watch and enjoy the multiple resources that are now available through this project.

CAYP Team.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to London

Omar V Diop
Omar Victor Diop El Moro, 2014 Magnin A

Returning to London for its second edition, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair brings the African art world to an international stage. Notable participating galleries include October Gallery, Taymour Grahne Gallery, and ArtLab Africa, among others, and          mediums range from sculptures and installations, to paintings and multimedia works. As a forum for showcasing African artists and projects related to Africa, 1:54 highlights the latest offerings and insights into the growing market for African art.

1. When? Where? How?

1:54 takes place October 16th–19th at Somerset House, London, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the fair.

2. Why visit?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

In its second edition, 1:54 is unique in that it is designed for promoting African art and African-related projects. Showcasing work from 27 galleries, 1:54 offers an inside look at the innovations and contemporary movements emerging from Africa. In addition, it will include an extensive educational and artistic program curated by Koyo Kouoh, curator and founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art in Dakar. The programming will include lectures, film screenings, and discussions between leading curators, artists, and art advisors.

Wanna  find out more why not take a glimpse at this years exhibition by clicking on this   Gallery

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