PUBLISHED: 08:32 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:39 08 June 2019 Norfolk World Music Festival 2019 organiser Anna Mudeka. Picture: Supplied by Breckland Council. Archant African beats, Cuban rhythms and Irish harmonies will all be part of a weekend festival which aims to bring the world to the heart of Norfolk. Part of the action at a previous Southburgh Festival, which has been renamed the Norfolk World Music Festival for 2019. Picture: GIDEON GRAYLYONS.The Southburgh Festival has been renamed the Norfolk World Music Festival for its 11th year, and will run from July 26 to 28, coinciding with Norfolk Day celebrations on July 27.The festival promises a heady mix of music from Zimbabwe, Cuba, Eastern Europe, Ireland and Portugal, and visitors will be able to sample cuisines from around the globe.Anna Mudeka, festival organiser, said: "Our aim is to bring a slice of the world to the heart of Norfolk. "It's a wonderful space where people of all ages and nationalities can come and share … [Read more...] about Music festival aims to welcome the world to rural Norfolk
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We often hear the expression “a celebration of Democracy” speaking about elections, but in the Nordic Countries, for a decade or so, they have been celebrating democracy and politics at so-called Democracy Festivals, welcoming thousands of aspiring voters. Activists, citizens and top politicians of all hues get together to debate and discuss how to improve democracy but also eat, drink and listen to music. Now pro-European lobby European Movement has tried to move the concept south to the island of Texel in the Netherlands, with the first pan-European Democracy Alive festival. Finnish pioneer Alexis Pekkalin, vice-president of European Movement Finland, explains that one of the first Democracy Festivals in Finland had its roots in a Jazz Festival in the Sixties but in 2005 added a political gathering. “My wish is that it could spread all over Europe, I think it would be a good idea that the Presidency of the European Union, when it changes, could be organizing … [Read more...] about A European democracy festival, how does that work?
0 Have your say Organisers of Scotland’s biggest music festival have revealed they have pegged back ticket prices to protect the event in the “tough” economic climate - describing Brexit as a “massive clusterf***.” Promoters DF Concerts have chopped the cost of thousands of early bird tickets for TRNSMT - as they revealed that grime favourite Stormy, rising Glaswegian star Gerry Cinnamon and indie-rock icons Snow Patrol will be appearing in July.Other confirmed acts in the launch line-up include singing sensations George Ezra and Jess Glyne, as well as Richard Ashcroft, former singer with The Verve and Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen.However this year’s event, which will be staged from 12-14 July, has been scaled back from five to three days, despite attracting more than 200,000 music fans to Glasgow Green across two weekends last summer.However the capacity of the festival, which has replaced T in the Park in the … [Read more...] about Ticket prices for TRNSMT cut as festival boss brands Brexit ‘massive cluster****’
A feminist music event has fallen foul of Sweden’s equality laws for banning “cis men” at a women-only concert, organised after a spate of sex attacks by migrant men plagued other festivals. Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman ruled on Monday that because the website of summer 2018’s Statement Festival advertised it as “male-free” and that all “cis” (biologically male) men would be excluded, it represented an “infringement of the prohibition of discrimination in a manner related to gender”.The ruling notes that according to the European Court of Justice, public statements that discourage some people from taking part in an activity form a basis of discrimination. Following reports of four rapes and 23 sexual assaults at 2017’s Bråvalla Festival, Swedish comedienne Emma Knyckare founded the Statement Festival, which advertised the two-day event in late August 2018 as “the world’s first major music … [Read more...] about Swedish Anti-Rape ‘Man-Free’ Music Festival Ruled Discriminatory
World Immigration Around the world, Greece's notorious Moria refugee camp has made headlines over its widely condemned living conditions, with more than 6,000 refugees and migrants struggling with overcrowding, poor sanitation, limited medical care and few safety measures. Despite housing thousands of men, women and children fleeing war-torn countries and political and economic instability, Moria has been repeatedly denounced as a place unsuitable for humans to live. That is why just three miles away, organizers at Kara Tepe, a smaller refugee camp housing roughly 1,250 of the most vulnerable refugee families to arrive on Greece's Lesbos island, are determined to do things differently—and they are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: European music festivals. Movement on the Ground has tried to bring its festival-inspired 'camp-to-campus' approach to Kara Tepe, a smaller refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, just roughly 3 miles away from the notorious … [Read more...] about A Festival In ‘Hell’: What Happens When You Try To Run A Refugee Camp Like A Music Show