Check out this fantastic video of the evening,courtesy of our in-house photographer Mr. See Li
To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Moroccan invasion of Western Sahara in October-November 1975 and the foundation of the Saharawi republic in exile in February 2016, Sandblast organised a series of events in London over a period of 4 months (Oct 15, 2015 - Feb 6, 2016).
@ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton.
- Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2015: 40-year retrospective photographic exhibition that highlighted the role of UK-based photographers in documenting the struggle in Western Sahara. This included daily activities such as artistic performances, film screenings, talks, and much more from different people based in the UK who have been involved with the Saharawis in various ways thorughout the years. See full program of activities here.
INVITATION to PRIVATE VIEW
We are delighted to invite you to the launch of Sandblast's
"Africa's Last Colony" events @ Hundred Years Gallery
Thurs, 15th Oct, 7.30-9.30pm (doors open 7pm).
Please RSVP by Oct 12th.
*For full details of upcoming events, check Press Release
We are excited to announce a series of events we're organising this autumn to commemorate the 40 years of the Saharawi struggle for self-determination in collaboration with various collectives and two vibrant London venues, Bolivar Hall (Venezuelan embassy) and Hundred Years Gallery.
Through photography, film, music and much more, Africa's Last Colony - 40 Years Not Forgotten aims to remember the most important events that have shaped the history of the conflict inWestern Sahara, as well as to showcase the valuable role of UK-based artists in raising awareness about this underreported issue.
In July 2015, UK-based charity Sandblast Arts launched Run The Sahara 2016, taking place at the end of February, next year, in the Algerian Sahara. This international solidarity race, known as the SaharaMarathon, supports the indigenous Saharawis of Western Sahara, the majority of whom are refugees based in desert camps near Tindouf in SW Algeria. Funds raised for the charity go to its Studio-Live music project in the camps.
Next year's race coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR,) self-proclaimed on February 27 in 1976. Recognised by over 80 countries world-wide, the government in exile, based in the camps, represents the collective aspirations of the Saharawis for independence in Western Sahara. The territory was colonised by Spain for a century, but upon its withdrawal was then occupied and forcefully annexed by Morocco in 1975. This sparked a mass civilian exodus and a 16 year long war with the Polisario, the Saharawi liberation movement.
Run The Sahara is Sandblast's annual awareness and fundraising event. It promotes the Sahara Marathon, the world's most prestigious solidarity race organized in a refugee camp. This unique and inspiring international race takes place in the Algerian desert in aid of the Saharawi refugees and raises funds for our Studio-Live music project.
Sandblast's friend Carolina Graterol is hosting a fantastic party in support of our work on Friday evening. Are you as excited as we are? Come along to celebrate!!
We hope to see you there!
The Sandblast Team
Sounds and Souls for Run the Sahara 2015
@ The Forge in Camden
3-7 Delancey Street
London NW1 7NL
November 11, 2014, 6.30pm
An evening of music, photography and short film presentations to promote Run the Sahara nextFebruary 24th. The international solidarity run helps raise funds for Sandblast’s Studio-Live music project in the Saharawi refugee camps (SW Algeria), where close to 200,000 Saharawis live. Music programme will feature performances by singer song-writers Renny Jackson, Pia de Keyser and Luzmira Zerpa of Family Atlantica. All three have visited the refugee camps and felt inspired by the situation. Renny will premier his Free Western Sahara song, recently lauded by Guardian columnist George Monbiot. Pia is currently crowd-funding to record her first EP in the camps. Striking images by photographer Olivia Mann - a former Run the Sahara participant - will be projected and exhibited.
Tickets will be £5 at the door (or book tickets in advance on www.forgevenue.org) - all money raised goes straight to the Studio-Live project!
More info about Run the Sahara here.
Sahara Nights video is finally ready! Did you miss Sahara Nights? Were you there and want to relive some of its best moments? Click here, have a look and share with your friends! And if you want to learn more about Studio-Live, check our website!
Sahara Nights was the Studio-Live project launch that took place on June 6, 2012 at London’s beloved Roundhouse. Featuring wonderful artists such as Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim, Sahara Nights was a brilliant multi-arts events that showcased some of the most recent film and photography being done on Western Sahara together with outstanding performances and short stories by Mustapha Abdel Dayem, Saharawi ex-political prisoner.
The Roundhouse Studio-Theatre was filled to the brim last week for Sahara Nights on June 6. The multi-arts launch for the Studio-Live music empowerment project brought the house down with an array of film, photography, short story presentations and wonderful music to provide rich glimpses of the Saharawi world, culture and plight.
The launch was interlaced with fantastic first-class performances from a wide range of international artists…
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