CARGO is a new immersive multi-media experience that offers an alternative narrative to the story of the transatlantic slave trade. It will open in mid-2020 and go on tour after Bristol. Through the stories depicted in images and in poetry by Lawrence Hoo, CARGO provides an accurate historical account of the fight for the freedom of the enslaved, and their subsequent human and civil rights. CARGO will also highlight the strength and resilience of key pivotal characters who blazed a trail battling adversity, laying the foundations for the futures we all share as a result.
The exhibition will profile the lives of many individuals from the African Diaspora, including Nanny of The Maroons, Paul Bogle and Mary Seacole, all people who worked within unimaginable confines but continued to inspire and empower others through their actions. The chains were ever present but the refusal to be shackled is a thread that runs throughout the exhibition. The desire and ability of these figureheads to work within the severe restrictions that surrounded them – not just surviving but going on to change the course of history – is at CARGO’s heart.
Combining physical experience with the latest moving image and audio technology, CARGO will transport and transform perspectives and perceptions on a journey through history and into the present day. This special advance event gives you the opportunity to see the outlines of the exhibition through an immersive 360 degree video projection space, hear some of the poetry, and view a VR walkthrough of the exhibition (on request).
CARGO will run ten times throughout the day, with each session lasting fifteen minutes: 10:00-10:15, 10:30-10:45, 11:00-11:15, 11:30-11:45, 12:00-12:15, 13:30-13:45, 14:00-14:15, 14:30-14:45, 15:00-15:15 and 15:30-15:45. At the time of booking, please select the session you wish to attend.
Booking opens Monday 2 September 2019.
Book online or in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.
Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers. As this is a free event – and in the interest of fairness – only one ticket can be reserved per transaction. If you would like additional tickets please book for the event again.
We endeavour to hold events in venues that are accessible to all. Watershed’s cinemas and event spaces are all located on the first floor which is accessible via the lift located in the main entrance foyer at Box Office. Once on the first floor there is level access to all areas. The venue has a hearing loop system. If you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct.
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