Today (June 20), Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have announced their Give A Home event - a series of live performances marking World Refugee Day. Jessie Ware, The National, and Oh Wonder have been confirmed to appear among a thousand musicians set to perform in people’s homes in more than 200 cities globally. The first-of-its-kind day of concerts is aiming to unite people in welcoming refugees.
Give A Home, will take place on 20 September, 2017 and will bring established and emerging artists together with refugees and local communities at over 300 shows in more than 60 countries around the world. Partners VICE and Facebook Live will promote and live-stream the concerts globally.
Speaking about the event, Salil Shetty, secretary general, Amnesty International, said: “With more than 21 million people forced to flee their home country, the world refugee crisis is one of the defining issues of our era, How we respond to it now will shape who we are for generations to come. This is our moment to defend the things that unite us and refuse to let fear and prejudice win. Music and art have always been powerful partners to the cause of justice because they share an ability to stir something deep within us. They help us to look beyond borders and see what unites us. That is why this World Refugee Day we are announcing the Give a Home concerts. The shows will be an opportunity to reflect on our shared humanity and strengthen our resolve to tackle this unprecedented humanitarian challenge.”
Rafe Offer, co-CEO of Sofar Sounds, said: “Give A Home aligns Amnesty International and Sofar’s vision of a global community united by the things that really matter, in the same way that Sofar unites thousands of people all around the world every day through a shared love of music. On 20 September, the global music community will come together like never before to celebrate a more hopeful narrative, one that champions and celebrates the fundamental equality and dignity of all human beings.”
Among the artists confirmed so far are: Above & Beyond, Bad Suns, Band of Skulls, Billy Bragg, BØRNS, Broods, Cosmo Sheldrake, David Arnold and Michael Price, Deaf Havana, Fenech Soler, Frank Turner, Gorgon City, James Morrison, Jessie Ware, The National, Jezabels, JP Cooper, Julia Holter, Julien Baker, Kevin Ross, KT Tunstall, Local Natives, Nothing but Thieves, Oh Wonder, Paper Route, POLIÇA, Public Service Broadcasting, Rudimental, SK Shlomo, The Fratellis, The Naked and Famous, The Staves, Toothless and Wild Beasts .
Fans will be able to apply for tickets from today - June 20, World Refugee Day - via: sofarsounds.com/giveahome.
The funds raised by the project will support Amnesty International’s work in documenting human rights abuses and violations against refugees and pushing governments to find a sustainable solution to the refugee crisis.