An exhibition of Zoroastrian migration


An exhibition of Zoroastrian migration

By Andrew Collins – 10th January 2013


Like Sugar For Milk launched at Brighton Jubilee library today. The exhibition, put on by local arts charity Bandbazi, showcases through photographs and audio recordings the history of Zoroastrian and Parsee elders who now reside in the South East of England.

Internationally recognised arts group Bandbazi (Farsi for Trapeze) was formed in 2001 by Iranian Phillipa Vafadari and has won several awards for its community outreach work and for giving a voice to disenfranchised groups through theatre productions, creative writing and circus act performances.

Like Sugar For Milk is their latest project and is part of their ‘community stream’ comprising professional, community and youth involvement. The project took place over 18 months and involved 20 volunteers from the South East. They collated the stories and memories of 12 Zoroastrian and Parsee people in the community who came here from Iran, India and East Africa.

Speaking at the launch event today was the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Bill Randall, Cuthbert Williams MBE and Nina Emett, Chair of Trustees,BandBazi. Cuthbert Williams has lived in Brighton since 1967 and was honoured for his volunteer work with Black and Minority Ethnic people in Brighton and hove.

It is a fascinating collection of living histories, wonderful photographs and testimonies from a group of people who have a relatively strong presence in this part of England, and whose tales certainly make for fascinating listening. For anyone interested in local history and minority group issues, it is certainly well worth a visit and provides a great insight into the wonderful multicultural makeup of this city.

The exhibition runs until Thursday January 31st at Brighton Jubilee Library during normal opening hours, and admission is free.

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