Our refugee torture survivor collective, Stone Flowers, performed at Manchester Art Gallery on 28th Oct as part of ‘The Big Conversation’.
Our partner charity – Manchester City of Sanctuary – staged the ‘Big Conversation’ to welcome new refugees and asylum seekers. The event gave space for guests to discuss how to make this a real ‘city of sanctuary’. It was fantastic to add to this and perform in such an incredible space with a great crowd.
“It was a truly powerfully moving and uplifting experience. I was so pleased at last to have the opportunity to watch a performance!” Audience Member
Members of Stone Flowers have fled war, torture and armed conflict. Members come from across the world including Iran, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Syria, Afghanistan, Cameroon and the DRCongo. Drawing on their different languages, traditions and cultures makes their performances powerful and unique.
We were fascinated to discover that Stone Flowers performed in front of the painting, ‘Captive Andromache’ by Lord Leighton, painted in 1888.
After the death of her husband at war, the painting shows Andromanche forced to become a refugee and live in a foreign land, a story which resonates with all of Stone Flowers members today.
Since 2011 we have worked with over 200 torture survivors and recorded two studio albums available to buy or download .
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