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Sandblast Benefit Concert, February 6

Posted on February 1st, 2016 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Grupo Lokito © Gavin Durrant

In October last year, Algeria’s arid south-west Tindouf region, which currently provides shelter some 90,000 vulnerable Saharawi refugees, was devastated by heavy rains and flooding. A fortnight of continuous torrential rain damaged or destroyed more than 50% of the five refugee camps in the area, leaving up to 25,000 people homeless. Other vital infrastructure including dispensaries, hospitals and schools were also affected.

Following an appeal by the Saharawi Red Crescent and UNHCR, UK-based charity Sandblast will host a benefit concert at London’s Bolivar Hall on February 6. Drawn together by their close ties with the Saharawi struggle for self determination, artists including Grupo Lokito and Ramon Goose will gather together for a night of live music and poetry, all in aid of the appeal.

Sandblast’s founding director Danielle Smith spoke to Songlines about plans for the coming year. “We plan to launch the first-ever seed money fund – Saharawi Artivism Fund – to support grassroots activism in the camps and pilot Stave House, a pioneering early learning music system that aims to provide music education to all the primary schools.”

The concert will be held on February 6, and tickets are available here.

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Africa’s Last Colony Exhibition, Bolivar Hall, October 30-November 7

Posted on October 30th, 2015 in Live, Recent posts by .


Attend Sandblast’s two final events of its Africa’s Last Colony exhibition

For nearly two weeks the charity Sandblast has been holding a series of events to mark 40 years of conflict in the Western Sahara. The Africa’s Last Colony exhibition has aimed to highlight the anniversary through film and photography, and its last two events are due to take place at Bolivar Hall on October 30 and November 7.

The first is a premiere of the film Life Is Watching: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara and a following panel discussion featuring a line up of guests including the Saharawi grassroots youth group Saharawi Voice and the Venezuelan ambassador to France, Hector Mujica. The exhibition then ends with the grand finale; a benefit concert of music and spoken word performances by  held to show solidarity with the Sahawari people of Western Sahara.

Both events start at 7:30pm on their respective dates and funds raised from tickets will go towards Sandblast’s ‘Studio-Live’ music-project. For tickets and more information, visit Sandblast’s website or email

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