The dying embers of protest

Aug 14, 01:51 PM

Protests in Manchester reimagined by Cities and Memory.

The two protests, if you stand between them, are in the left and right of your field of hearing, so in this piece they've been placed hard left and right to simulate their real-world position.

The musical backdrop, however, is very different - a representation of our feelings towards the recent Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed in the UK, which gives the police the right to close down protests it deems too noisy, effectively clamping down on basic freedoms to protest that we have taken for granted for so long. 

The piece considers what this means for protest in the UK, and which freedoms might be under threat next - and the protests are both faded down to nothing in the second half to symbolise the effect of the incoming legislation.