SOAS University of London

The Art of Struggle: Addressing Human Rights Through Music

Aziza Brahim
Arts and human rights charity Sandblast as part of Sahara Live Week

Date: 20 April 2013Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 20 April 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

Type of Event: Conference

London based arts and human rights charity Sandblast works to raise awareness of the plight of the indigenous Saharawis from Western Sahara through the arts. It aims to galvanise international attention and empower the Saharawis to tell their story by peaceful means. The majority are refugees in the harsh Algerian Sahara where they have been displaced since Morocco occupied their country in 1975. Through music, the Saharawis express the message of their struggle to the right of self-determination and also the right to freely express their culture  and have a dignified life.

The conference "The Art of Struggle: addressing human rights through music" intends to evaluate the role that music can play when addressing and/or contesting issues of human rights in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organisations working on similar projects around the globe. We are thrilled to invite you to join us for a day of talks, film-screenings and debate and be part of a conversation about cultural rights and the potential of using music to demand the respect of human rights. Contributors to the day will include Ben Mandleson a world musician, manager and producer.

This event is free though booking is needed, but if you wish to make a donation, all funds raised go directly to our music empowerment project Studio-Live, which is being implemented in the Saharawi refugee camps in South West Algeria and working closely with local artists and cultural figures, aims to provide the necessary resources, skills and knowledge to build a Saharawi music industry that can contribute to raise awareness about their situation and help provide livelihoods.

For more information please visit Studio-Live Sandblast Arts and Robin Denselow's BBC Radio 4 show Studio in the Sand.

To book tickets please visit the link: The Art of Struggle

Organiser: Sandblast in partnership with SOAS MA Music and Development

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Contact Tel: 07838463310