Join People’s History Museum for a live-streamed evening of discussion and live music on Thursday 10 June exploring the perils and personal stories of migration featured in the venue’s new British Museum Spotlight Loan exhibition, Crossings: Community and Refuge.

Currently on display until Sunday 5 September, this free-to-view exhibition features the Lampedusa Cross – a wooden crucifix created with wood salvaged from a migrant boat carrying Eritrean and Somali refugees that was lost off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa in late 2013.  The piece is one of 300 made by Italian carpenter Francesco Tuccio to remember the refugees who sadly lost their lives during the tragedy.

The exhibition also includes Dark Water, Burning World – a new installation by Syrian-born artist Issam Kourbaj which aims to shed new light on the incredibly dangerous journeys undertaken by refugees fleeing areas of crisis. To illustrate this very pertinent issue, Kourbaj has created twelve small boats, each packed with burnt matchsticks to evoke images of people tightly-packed into small spaces, with their scorched heads representing the scars carried by individuals forced to flee their war-torn homelands.

During this free Radical Late showcase, People’s History Museum invites Kourbaj to discuss the themes and impact of his work, before guitarist and songwriter Ewan McLennan rounds out the evening with a collection of songs – including a rendition of Lampedusa, which was inspired by the eponymous island which has become the entry point for many refugees escaping to Europe. To secure your free tickets to this event, follow the booking button below.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Thu 10 Jun, 6.30pm - 8pm, Online
Simon Bland
Published on:
Tue 8 Jun 2021