During the Covid-19 crisis, These Walls Must Fall is hosting online fundraising events, live-streaming music and performances to raise money for community projects helping at-risk migrants.
So far, over three weekend events, we have raised over £7,000!
Read on for details of upcoming and past events, and don’t forget – you still donate at any time….
This amazing event was scheduled for 5-7 June, but the organisers have postponed, out of respect for the black lives matter movement in the USA and solidarity initiatives in Britain.
More info as soon as it is available.
Hope Works, Sheffield hosting a massive 38-hour non-stop livestream
Hope Works Sheffield have planned a massive 38 hour stream, showcasing Sheffield’s record labels, electronic artists, promoters and party crews.
Everyone is devoting their time and skills for free and the aim is to thoroughly enjoy each others music, to support Sheffield artists, and raise some money for two brilliant charities supporting Sheffield causes. (Sheffield Flourish and These Walls Must Fall )
This week your donations will support…
Open Kitchen, Sheffield
An established weekly community event to provide food, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, those in need in the wider community. Now delivering to people during lockdown.
Sheffield Flourish is a mental health charity rooted in Sheffield and owned by the community, supporting our community to share their stories, get involved in activities, and flourish.
These Walls Must Fall campaigners
Migrant campaigners with direct experience of immigration detention. Funds will help to keep them connected, training, organising and leading the campaign to end detention.
May 15 and 16
A lineup of DJ’s based in Sheffield and Manchester played awesome sets. This was forward thinking, underground electronic music, with dollops of garage, grime, dub and electro. We had Hesska, Trendphazr, Dan G and Thirdspace DJ’s.
With the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, there is a deep hole in many of our hearts. We needed something to fill it, something to help bring us together in a spirit of unity…
A Song for Lockdown competition!
And what a show it was! Words literally cannot describe this event.
Presented live from two different cities simultaneously, our hosts, Terry Wigan and Eureka Bonceon, took us through the dazzling array of entries, before the public voted for the winner of the coveted Golden Bogroll trophy.
Some entries were absolute bangers, some profound works of art, and some were just plain embarrassing for all concerned. Which ones are which? Well, you can view them all on YouTube now:
WE RAISED £2,006!!!
This week donations have gone to support…
Liverpool Migrant Solidarity Network
A collective of people working together to resist the hostile environment that migrants face in our city & beyond. This campaign is raising money to offer some much needed support to those who the current system is failing.
Sheffield City of Sanctuary
Organising the Sheffield Migrant Covid19 Support Group with other local organisations to coordinate information, legal advice, practical support, delivery of food and medicine, and radios and laptops to keep people informed and connected.
These Walls Must Fall spokesperson groups
People who have been directly impacted by detention, coming together to campaign to bring it to an end. Funds will help to keep them connected, training, organising and leading the campaign to end detention.
Friday May 1
Our second fundraiser was on Friday 1st May is May Day, or International Workers Day. To celebrate our solidarity with migrants, we hosted an online gig of political folk song, poetry, and spoken word, and then later DJs with music and performers from around the world.
£3,505 was donated!
Thank you so much, everyone who donated, who volunteered to organise, and of course to al the wonderful artists who performed for free.
The donations went to support…
Migrant Action is providing support and assistance to vulnerable migrants disproportionately affected by the pandemic and the lockdown.
African Rainbow Family
African Rainbow Family supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups.
These Walls Must Fall spokespeople
Based in Yorkshire and NW England, two groups of experts-by-experience campaigning for the end of immigration detention. Funds will help to keep them connected, training, organising and leading the campaign to end detention.
We had great fun, listened to beautiful live music, poetry and then banging tunes from the DJs.
The Sandpipers kicked off the night with beautiful folk songs old and new, delicious harmonies, feminist folk anthems and general silliness.
Next up were some of the herd from Three Acres and a Cow, beaming in from three separate locations. Musicians, poets and storytellers explored land rights and protest in England, Wales and Scotland throughout the ages.
DJ Naf played a mix ranging from experimental to techno, and everything in between.
DJ Kom Kom, of Sheffield’s Barang! Collective, played soca, kuduro, dancehall, and afrobeat.
DJ Nimble Jack brought the night to a banging conclusion with quirky house, a bit of percussive techno and the odd nod to bass music.
Saturday 2 May
Sheffield’s Gut Level hosted a 14 hour Party Live Stream extravaganza, raising money for for Foodhall / Sheffield and the These Walls Must Fall Coronavirus Solidarity Fund.
£770 was donated!
The money raised will be split between FoodHall Sheffield and the These Walls Must Fall solidarity fund.
Friday 24 April
Our first fundraiser online event was a blast!
Massive thanks to Tich and the Off Me Nut Records crew who threw a beach party in our living rooms. Great tunes, great fun, and loads of money raised.
£1,530 was donated!
This will be shared between three groups:
All are providing essential emergency support to at-risk migrants, and that help is particularly needed during the pandemic and lockdown.