Date Released: 03 September 2014
Viva Gaza presents an intimate evening of poetry, prose, music and song on Saturday 6th September 2014 at 7.30pm in The Button Factory, Dublin in support of Gaza and in celebration of the indomitable spirit of its people.
The stunning line-up of artists which includes actor Stephen Rea, violinist Cora Venus Lunny and flute player Harry Bradley, winner of the ‘Gradam Ceoil Musician of the year' Award, is headlined by Palestinian performance poet Rafeef Ziadah in her only Irish performance this year.
Rafeef will fly over from London specially for the event. A regular Guardian contributor and performer, she has dazzled on the cultural scene in recent years with her poems such as 'We Teach Life Sir' and 'Shades of Anger' which went viral within days of their release. She received an Ontario Arts Council Award from the Word of Mouth programme to create her spoken-word album Hadeel and was chosen to represent Palestine at the Southbank Centre Poets Olympiad in 2012.
‘Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional and political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause’ - Ken Loach (www.rafeefziadah.net)
Many charitable events are currently being held nationwide for Gaza, all of them badly needed. Israel’s 51 day ‘Operation Protective Edge’ saw 2,142 Palestinian deaths, the majority of them civilians including more than 490 children. 3,000 children were injured, 1,000 of whom now live with permanent disability.
Emergency medical aid and expert psychological support over a sustained period of time are vital to assist in the repair of shattered lives for the very many traumatised by the violence of war. Homes, schools, hospitals, and basic water and sewage infrastructure must all be rebuilt from scratch. The financial cost is colossal. Our immediate assistance in the form of financial aid is crucial to begin this process.
The charity Human Appeal Ireland is working tirelessly on the ground in Gaza providing humanitarian relief and financial aid and has partnered with Medical Aid for Palestinians to bring help to where it is most needed and fast. You too can be part of this process.
Please join us for this very worthy cause and what promises to be a memorable evening in the company of Rafeef Ziadah, Stephen Rea, Harry Bradley, Róisín Elsafty, Michael Harding, Cora Venus Lunny, Eamonn McCann, Susan McKay, Susan McKeown and Little John Nee.
Tickets: €25 available from www.tickets.ie
'Viva Gaza is a cultural project harnessing the goodwill of artists and their audience for the sole aim of raising humanitarian aid for Gaza'.
All Enquiries: Contact Co-Producers:
Rósa Corcoran firstname.lastname@example.org + 086 1795 053
and Margo Harkin email@example.com + 44 (0) 77642 59182