As part of International Mother Language Day, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) are working together with artist Semay Wu to create a Mancunian Audio Cookbook exploring the City’s language diversity through the common thread of food culture.

Like a traditional cookery book, each ‘page’ of Sounds Like Scran will showcase a chosen dish. This dish will not be described by the instructions on how to cook it, but by the stories and experiences that surround it.  We are inviting all residents of Greater Manchester to share their food culture in the form of ‘audio postcards’. We’re interested in all kinds of cooking and food: from the things you make for a special occasion to a quick fix when you’re pushed for time, and everything in between.

Alongside an open invite to submit content, we are also facilitating a free-to-attend 1-on-1 Zoom sessions with artist and facilitator Semay Wu. You will be invited to share the story of your chosen dish with Semay, talk through your stories and connection to the food and finally, retell your food story in your mother language*. Part of the audio from these sessions will be recorded for use in this digital artwork.

These Zoom based chats are an informal and welcoming way to share your food story and elements of these discussions will become part of the work, exhibited online from April 2021.

How to book

To book an interview slot, please email with:

– Your Name(s)

– Your mother language (i.e. Urdu, Mandarin)

– The name of your dish

– A photograph / drawing of the dish

– The first half of your postcode (i.e. M19, SK1, etc)

You will then be sent a link to book your preferred time via Eventbrite.

*mother language usually refers to a language spoken since birth. We welcome all submissions from multilingual individuals and families, as well as dialects of English and all languages, and British Sign Language.


Partner: Manchester City of Literature

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