CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across the Generations project update

April 15, 2018

 

The CHAGOS (Cultural Heritage Across the Generations) project continued this weekend, with a major exhibition at the Chagos Refugees Group centre in Pointe-aux-Sables, Mauritius.

 

In a well-attended event, traditional artisanal skills were exhibited, Chagossian group Chagos Tambour preformed and poetry was recited by Saradha Soobrayen, amongst other things. More details are available in this Le Express article.

 

To keep up to date with all the latest developments in the CHAGOS project, join the Facebook group to see all the details of and pictures from this weekend's festivities.

 

It is just one of a number of important Chagossian cultural events, in Mauritius and in the UK, over the next few weeks.

 

Members of the team behind the behind the CHAGOS project have kindly shared the following details about those events will involve, copied in below.

 

CHAGOS Project: Upcoming events

 

CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations Exhibition (Mauritius), 14-21 April 2018, Chagos Refugees Group Centre.

 

On Saturday 14th April from 15:00-17:00 we will be launching an exhibition showcasing Chagossian cultural heritage. The exhibition, which will feature photographs, films, and objects, is a celebration of the living heritage, knowledge and artisanal skills of the Chagossian community. At the launch event, Chagos islanders will give demonstrations of artisinal skills, the Chagos Tambour Group led by Mimose Furcy will perform live, and Saradha Soobrayen will recite her poetry reflecting on displacement, exile and the heritage transmission process. The exhibition will run from 14th-21st April at the CRG Centre. All welcome.
 

CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations Exhibition (UK), 5-27 May 2018, Crawley Museum.

 

On Saturday 5th May from 13:00-17:00 we will be launching an exhibition showcasing Chagossian cultural heritage. The exhibition, which will feature photographs, films, and objects, is a celebration of the living heritage, knowledge and artisanal skills of the Chagossian community. Join us for the launch event, where the Tambour Chagos Junior UK will perform live and British Mauritian poet Saradha Soobrayen will recite her poetry reflecting on displacement, exile and the heritage transmission process. The exhibition will be the new Crawley Museum's inaugural temporary exhibition and will be on display from 5th-27th May 2018. All welcome.

 

New Chagos Tambour Group album

 

As part of the project, we are producing a new Chagos Tambour Group album to coincide with the Mauritian Government’s nomination of Chagossian sega for inscription on the UNESCO List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. This album is being produced by Philippe de Magnee, an expert in Indian Ocean music. Recording has taken place outdoors at night this week in Mauritius. Everyone who has attended has been buzzing with excitement from the energetic atmosphere and wonderful sounds of the Chagos Tambour Group.

 

The CHAGOS project aims to protect and share Chagossian cultural heritage, and more details can be found on chagos.online.

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