Project Description


Performers from Lingua Franca World Music Agency attracted large audiences at three free events held in Manchester city centre as part of the 2012 Cultural Collage World Music Festival.

The first event took place on Friday, 11 May when Arabic band, Rubaiyat, was booked to play at Special FX at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre  At least 200 hundred people filled the theatre foyer to listen and dance to covers of Arabic popular music.

The final event of the festival was also held as part of the theatre’s Special FX programme on Sunday, 20 May when Kathak dancer, Kanchan Maradan from Mumbai and traditional Uzbek dancer San’at Mahmudova, demonstrated their art.

Two days earlier, UK based flamenco group Calaita attracted so many people to their lunchtime concert at the Bridgewater Hall, that the foyer concert area actually ran out of chairs!