Culture, Struggles, United Kingdom, Visual Arts

Craftivists: the art of protest

The collective of craftworker activists will fill UK railway stations with strings of bunting to protest against exorbitant rises in rail fares.

A few days ago, students and workers were raising their voices against the harsh austerity measures imposed by the UK government, now it’s the Craftworkers Collective’s turn.

They are fighting for a more just society through art, handicrafts and creativity. Indeed, over the next four years Cameron and his allies are planning to raise train fares by 31%, the highest ever increase recorded in a whole generation.

This is why the artists have not delayed in bringing their talent and ingenuity to the Climate Rush Project ‘Railway Adventure’ given that making train fares more expensive would further isolate and marginalise the less well off people in the country. The national event against this ‘unjust’ measure will take place next Sunday, 10th April from 14.00 to 17.00.

All UK railway stations will be filled with craftivists helping those who want to make their own fabric bunting with messages, quotes or demands concerning the negative impact the price rise will have. Their intention is to create the longest possible fabric bunting train for an adventure organised by Climate Rush on the 16th April.

For more information, consult the website for the event:

 http://craftivist-collective.com/2011/03/11/crafting-a-train-of-bunting-to-campaign-for-fair-fares/

(Translated by Rebecca Beswick – Email: rebecca_beswick@yahoo.co.uk)

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