Lisapo – The Congolese Tales is a direct development of Community Arts North West’s Exodus Refugee Arts Programme and is the company’s first project that aims to create an oral histories record for the region’s archives. It is hoped that we will be able to build on this programme for the future, creating archiving projects with other refugee heritage groups that have settled in Greater Manchester in recent years.
Lisapo will record, preserve and share the untold stories of the Congolese community living in Greater Manchester. A community that has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war. The Congolese community represents one of the largest stakeholder groups involved in the Exodus programme since 2004.
This programme runs from April 2013 to July 2014.