Lisapo: The Congolese Tales is a one-off performance celebrating migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of Manchester’s Congolese community will tell their powerful personal stories with contributors including Jean Blanchard Azip, who arrived in the UK unaccompanied as a teenager, having lost everything in the country’s political troubles. Christina Fonthes, meanwhile, will describe the challenges of being openly gay in the Congolese community. The event aims to bring to life a people’s history of DR Congo using spoken word, songs and images. It will be followed by food, music and of course a party. This event marks the launch of a public archive of Congolese oral histories, which is available at Manchester Central Library as part of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive and at the North West Sound Archive.

Sat 28 Jun, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ, 7pm, £5,

Sat 28 Jun
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Tue 24 Jun 2014