Human Rights, Politiks, Struggles, Workers

A festival of activism

Two years ago, the 6 Billion Ways event took place to educate and entertain the public about progressive change. This year, the event is back in full force to focus on local and global justice issues, in order to build a broad movement for progressive change.

Education, organising and the arts blended seamlessly during the last 6 Billion Ways in February 2009, and the same fun and enlightenment can be expected at this year’s as well. On 5th of March from 9:30 a.m. to midnight at Rich Mix, 6 Billion Ways will feature speakers, carnival time and exhibitions.

The speakers include director of the Third World Forum in Dakar and economist, Samir Amin, executive director of 38 Degrees David Babbs, member of the South London Anti-Fascists Group Justin Baidoo, Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti, founder of Anthony Barnett, as well as many, many others.

Two exhibitions will be open at the event, the first of which is the Celebrate Peoples’ History exhibition, a project by US based artist collective Just Seeds. The 12-year exhibition is a collection of posters made by the different artists to help remember and celebrate ordinary people who fought against injustice.

The next exhibition featured is Liberate Tate, a collection of photographs from performances performed by activists in 2010 as a response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Examples include photographs of oil gushing from floral skirts and spilling from giant white eggs, or shooting from paint tubes across the Tate Turbine Hall.

The day of ideas and debate will come to a close with an evening of Carnival rhythms and Latin beats from the musical artist Movimientos, which is a combination of two of the most conscious global music acts in the UK: Peyoti for President, with Latin and Brazilian inspired rhythms and Eri Okan with with Samba-Reggae sounds, as well as DJ Cal Jader.

Movimientos has been together for more than five years, mixing Latin music, DJs and documentary film about struggles for social justice in Latin America.

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