Garden of Babylon is a preliminary study into the heritage of Iranian and Kurdish communities across Greater Manchester. We interview individuals from these communities in order to gather information about their lived experience in their home country and in the UK. Of particular value are the stories, anecdotes, family traditions, songs, lullabies, and information associated with pictures, and documents. We share those melodies, songs and poems with the second generation of Iranian, Kurdish descendants through music and poetry workshops.
The name of the project refers to a past civilisation in Mesopotamia which traces back to the Babylonian Empire of 1894 BC.