One thousand musicians. Two hundred cities. Sixty countries. Three hundred shows. One day. One purpose.
This September 20th, music fans across the world will be opening up their homes to host your favourite artists in the new concert series, Give A Home.
The announcement comes today, to mark World Refugee Day. A collaboration between Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation, and Sofar Sounds, who specialise in throwing secret concerts in homes, setting out to unite through education and a shared love of music. It is also in partnerships with VICE and Facebook Live.
Give a Home demonstrates that we all deserve a home and aims to tackle the global refugee crisis, which affects the lives of more than 21 million people worldwide.
A record 65.6 million people were displaced in 2016, that’s more than the population of Britain. One person was forced to leave their home every three seconds in 2016, and half of all refugees were children.
Each gig will feature a mixture of emerging and established artists performing alongside talks from activists to highlight the solutions that people are working on to address the refugee crisis.
The artists confirmed so far include; Jack Garratt, Daughter, Oh Wonder, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and KT Tunstall.
“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,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“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.”
Locations and line ups will be announced closer to the time, but you can sign up for tickets in your local area today at sofarsounds.com/giveahome. You are also given the option to make a voluntary donation when applying.
— Sofar Sounds (@sofarsounds) June 19, 2017
Words by Tanyel Gumushan