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Skloniste @ Wainsgate Chapel
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A new work by acclaimed Todmorden-based composer Ailis Ni Riain for classical accordion and video which commemorates the Siege of Sarajevo.


Sarajevo, 1994. The city is under siege. Sniper fire kills civilians every day. The citizens of Sarajevo run to avoid being shot. They all run for one thing: shelter. Sklonište (shelter) was spray-painted throughout Sarajevo to guide its citizens to underground shelters. The siege lasted 1,425 days – a long time to have to run for your life. Ailís Ní Ríain (music), Dermot Dunne (accordion), Sarajevo-based Jim Marshall (images) and the citizens of Sarajevo combine to present an alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.