FLAGS IN PLACE OF WAR
After the success of last year’s Flags for Malawi campaign, which raised over £6,000 for the amazing charity, Temwa and 2015's Flags for Nepal campaign, which raised over £7,000 for Help Rural Nepal, Shambala Festival is now teaming up with an incredible organisation, In Place Of War, to present Flags In Place Of War to raise money for their quest of developing community, artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict.
How "Flags In Place Of War" works...
We are asking you, the great people and friends of Shambala, to sponsor strings of flags made from beautiful traditional Ugandan cloth, for a minimum sum of £10
If you donate £25 or more, you will also be entered into a PRIZE DRAW to win 2 TICKETS to this year's Shambala Festival (Sold Out!)
Shambala will commission the total amount of flags sponsored to be made on a tiny and remote island in Lake Victoria, Uganda
We will then use them to adorn the Shambala Stage creating a striking and beautiful symbol of our support, hopes and prayers for the people suffering from the impact of conflict everywhere
All of your sponsorship money will go directly to the awesome organisation, In Place Of War
Shambala Festival will cover all the costs of making, transporting and flying the flags and will also donate £1,500 to the campaign
(Shambala Stage 2015- "Flags For Nepal")
About In Place Of War...
For the past thirteen years, In Place of War has worked with creative communities in some of the most conflict-torn communities in the world by supporting artistic, creative and cultural community organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict.
IPOW listen to creative communities and respond by providing innovative, do-it-together solutions for grassroots challenges, sourced from their global community of change-makers. Their community spans over 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60 million people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
In the current times of growing divisions across the world, global instability and the increased movement of people fleeing war, the work by communities on the ground to create peace and positive opportunities is more important than ever and In Place of War’s work to support them is crucial.
(IPOW highlights 2016)
Shambala Festival & In Place Of War
Shambala Festival have been working with In Place Of War since 2013. Every year they have brought over a collection of artists to collaborate and perform in many venues across our festival site as well as providing insightful talks and panels through which artists have shared their experiences.
Over the past three years, In Place Of War has produced a series of really special shows for the Shambala Stage and this year is no different as they present an all new show called "GRRRL"- a bespoke electronic collaboration between fierce women artists from areas of conflict fusing sounds of dark techno, hip hop, dancehall, reggae, soul and electronica. GRRRL is rebellious, independent, underground, revolutionary women who are promoting peace, fighting injustice and creating change through their music.
Where Your Money Will Go...
The money raised from Flags In Place Of War will go directly to In Place of War and will be used in the setting up new of music studios across Uganda. These studios will be established in a Congolese refugee camp, a prison in the war affected region of Uganda in partnership with indigenous hip-hop artists and on a remote island in Lake Victoria which is the base of a community organisation that helps single mothers and vulnerable children and is where the Flags will actually be made!
Where the Flags will be made...
Shambala Festival will pay for all the flags sponsored to be made. Not a penny of the money donated will be used for this- all your money will rectly to In Place Of War.
The flags will be made by Mpenjja Vulnerable Children & Single Mothers Organisation in Uganda …
Mpenjja Vulnerable Children and Single Mothers (MVCSM) was set up by a remarkable young cultural and community leader, Brenda, and is based on the small, rocky Island of Mpenjja in Lake Victoria, Uganda.
It is a community of single mothers in an area of extreme poverty, with many people affected by HIV. Without any funding, MVCSM works with about 5,000 women to train them in creative skills, including textiles and fashion design, basket weaving, permaculture and music helping transform opportunities, give hope and develop capacity and skills.
Here's a video about Brenda and MVCSM:
And here's another little video about another Ugandan project that IPOW supports:
Please dig deep Shambala- together we can have a really positive impact!
You do not need to be coming to Shambala Festival
to contribute to this campaign!