How Countries Across the Globe are Welcoming Refugees with Music

Sofar Sounds Los Angeles |©Justin Higuchi/Flickr
Sofar Sounds Los Angeles |©Justin Higuchi/Flickr
Photo of Aliki Seferou
21 August 2017

Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have joined forces to organize a global music experience. The event will be the first of its kind, with hundreds of concerts taking place at people’s homes, aiming to unite people in welcoming refugees.

Ed Sheeran, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, The Naked and Famous, The National, Hozier and Zero 7 are just a few of the 1,000 artists that will take part in the ‘Give A Home’ music event. On September 20, the world will be celebrating music and solidarity with over 300 concerts taking place in more than 200 cities all over the world. What makes this event so special is that these gigs will be held at people’s homes. Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have agreed that it is time to take action and use music and art in order to help the millions of refugees who have fled their homes due to the ongoing war.

“Music and art have always been powerful partners to the cause of justice because they share an ability to stir something deep within us,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “They help us to look beyond borders and see what unites us […] The shows will be an opportunity to reflect on our shared humanity and strengthen our resolve to tackle this unprecedented humanitarian challenge.”

Sofar Sounds Sheffield | ©notauniqueid/Flickr

Even though there isn’t a priced ticket, fans can make a donation if they want to. The profits from the concerts will go to Amnesty International and will be used in documenting violations against refugees and pushing governments to find a sustainable solution to the refugee crisis. Amnesty International is an organization known for its humanitarian actions and over the years has defended the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants through many projects.

At the event, musicians, local communities, music fans and refugees will come together and transfer a message to governments and people all across the world about the ongoing refugee crisis and the 20 millions refugees who have left their homes and are struggling to find a new one in Europe. Some cities have a secret line-up and the gig locations will be kept secret until closer to the date. Those who want to attend a concert can select the city and/or act of their choice and when they book a place they will receive the address details.

So, check out their site and discover which artists will be playing in your city and apply for tickets as soon as possible. The more we gather, the louder the message will be that refugees who need us aren’t alone and we’re here to support them in any way we can. Because as Ed Sheeran said, “We all deserve a home, not just the memory of one.”

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