Sonics, stories and scenes of the Diaspora

1 Jul 2023

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1 Jul 2023
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

Our friends at SEEN Magazine and Manchester Museum shone a spotlight on the sounds of the South Asian diaspora.

From Metz ‘n’ Trix to Manara, Asian Dub Foundation to UK Apache, M.I.A to Joy Crookes, South Asian diaspora impacts on the UK music scene and wider culture are immeasurable.

For this day-long takeover of Manchester Museum's South Asia Gallery, SEEN Magazine shone a light on this heritage and celebrated the sounds of global majority and South Asian diaspora artists making waves today. 

Building on themes featured in the Manchester Museum’s ground-breaking new South Asia Gallery, the event featured live performances, DJ sets, screenings and panel discussions.

SEEN is a Manchester-based music magazine and platform, created by global majority and marginalised people. Founded by Tunde Adekoya, Kamila Rymajdo and Balraj Samrai, it celebrates unheard voices and enables communities to narrate their own stories, while connecting with scenes linked to Britain’s colonial history.

Image: Yushy


Presented by SEEN and Manchester Museum.

In association with Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Access Information

The full address of the venue is Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

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There is a ramped entrance from the pavement outside the museum to the front door. There are lifts to all floors and level access to all public spaces, including galleries, the shop, café, toilets and other facilities.

Wheelchairs and a walking frame with wheels are available on site for visitors to use. Speak to a member of the Visitor Team at the reception desk if you would like to use one during your visit.

There are accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility on the ground floor next to the Main Hall.

Guide Dogs and assistance animals – including assistance dogs in training – are welcome at the museum. We ask that they are identified by wearing a jacket, a harness, or a brightly coloured collar and lead during your visit.

The Museum has a hearing loop fitted at the reception desk.

A quiet room is available on floor 1 next to the Egypt and Sudan gallery.

Further information about accessibility can be found on the Manchester Museum website.

Travel Information

The closest stations to Manchester Museum are:

Oxford Road train station: 0.7 miles

St Peter’s Square Metrolink: 0.9 miles

Manchester Piccadilly: 1.0 miles

From the stations you can take a bus or a short taxi ride to the Museum.

There are frequent bus services, travelling towards, away from and across the city centre, including: 15, 18, 41, 42, 42A, 42B, 43, 53, 111, 142, 143, 147, 191, 197, V1, V2.

There are bike parking stands provided across the University of Manchester campus.

If you require assistance getting to the Manchester Museum entrance on Oxford Road from their accessible parking or nearest car park, please call the museum on 0161 275 2648. To help you plan your visit and understand how far it is between the car parks and the museum, Manchester Museum has created this video.

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