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“A moving and truthful journey with expressions of protest, peace, love and hope. An original song-cycle in English, Lingala, Farsi, Kurdish, French and Kikongo, influenced by folk, jazz, classical, spoken word and hip-hop music.”


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Following a campaign by the Musicians' Union highlighting the use of music as torture, musician Aidan Jolly approached the Freedom from Torture North-West with the idea to create music with torture survivors. His idea was to begin a series of workshops that use music in a positive way to support survivors of torture in their re-integration into society.

FFT recognised the value of the Stone Flowers project in supporting their core counselling work. Together with Aidan, they approached Musicians without Borders to co-ordinate, deliver and develop this inspired idea into a three year project.

'Stone Flowers' is the English translation of the song ‘Gole Sangam’ (pronounced ‘Goll-ay Sang-gyam) a popular Iranian song sung in Farsi. The song, chosen by one of the participants of the project seemed to connect to everyone involved. The name symbolises the symbiotic nature of two apparent opposites, resonating with the balance of beauty and strength, resilience and fragility and the brilliance of nature to be both everlasting and renewable.

Stone Flowers wowed audiences in the Imperial War Museum North on September 25 2011 with their debut performance as part of Peace without Borders Festival.

We had an incredible team with support from Sound Thread, Ear to the Ground, Sacred Trinity Church, Audile, Handball Crew to make the event truly memorable.


The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Lebanese and Kurdish women and men. The diverse group members bring their own words and musical inspiration into the creative sessions where the ideas are being developed into a song-cycle.


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