An Oral History of the Sudanese Coptic Christian Community

Presented by the Sudanese and Arabic Speaking Elderly Association

With Support from BandBazi

Music; poetry; exhibition; talks; theatre;

In Arabic with English translation

Tea, coffee and cakes

The event took place on Monday 24th July 2006 at 11 am. The morning was a great success with a large number of guests from the local community.  The ladies from the Sudanese Elderly group made traditional food such as stuffed vines leaves, rolled, boned chicken stuffed with carrot and cheese and an incredible traditional wedding cake.  Sohar co-ordinated the cooking and spoke about the different occasions where specific traditional food would be eaten.

Leila and a young relative dressed in traditional bridal costume, danced  together, re-creating a wedding party.

Michael Mansi, the Chair, gave a short speech on the history of the Coptic Christian community and other speeches were made about the economy of the Sudan and the development of its infrastructure by Asaad and Alfons.

Madeleine and Mukrum performed two short, humorous scenes about the differences between buying mangoes in the Khartoum and Brighton, and there was a wonderful joke to end the event, translated with great gusto by Mr Habib, the interpreter provided by SIS.

Mr Mansi and Mr Habib led a lively question and answer session and it was a hard job winding things up at 1pm as everyone had so much to say and share with each other.

Thank you to Celebrating Age for supporting the event and to all who took part and came along for making it such a success.

Supported by:

Brighton and Hove City Council 
Celebrating Age





Company number: 4271844 

Charity number: 1091276