Sklonište UK Tour 2016
Following on from four dates in October, the Sklonište tour continues from 21st November; combining the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers and the surrealism of war; Sklonište tours to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Manchester, Bradford and Birmingham with accordionist, Dermot Dunne (Ireland), original music/concept Ailís Ní Ríain (England/Ireland), photography by Jim Marshall (Scotland/Sarajevo), stories from Sarajevan citizens plus contributions from Patrick Ketch (Ireland), Elma Serdarevic, Amar Custovic, Amira Medunjanin and Elma Jucovic (Bosnia).

An alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare – 13,952 were killed. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.

21st November – Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
22nd November – IABF, Manchester
23rd November – Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Bradford
24th November – Stan’s Cafe, (theatre) Birmingham

Audience Responses


‘Ni Riain has composed a work which is serious, engaged, authentically post modern – but which still manages to be lyrical, melodic and deeply moving.’


“Thought provoking”

“I had misjudged the accordion! Wow.”

“I loved the black humour”

“Beautifully paced and the music was just right”

“Succinct, balanced”

“Very, very moving and not what I expected at all”

“Thank you so much for telling the story that needs telling.” (Bosnian living in UK)



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