We are in the process of adapting the Refugee Art Trail yurt into a cafe/performance space, as the art alone does not make going to festivals worthwhile financially. Having had over 10 years experience working at events such as Glastonbury festival, Boom Town and other events, we have joined forces with a touring catering outfit to be able to offer good food, music from our 12 v sound system -all completely powered by our solar generator! An off grid cafe with live music possible in evenings, all to raise funds and awareness of the refugee situation, and funnel funds back to where it is most needed, NGO’s on the ground in places like the Balkans and the Mediterranean. We build bespoke tables and seating from wood we fell and mill ourselves, often with refugees as workshops in green woodworking. So the furniture is stunning, we can provide the truck as extra frontage for the outside seating area, an awning so it is covered, and a cinema projected onto the side of the truck. Our profits will be split between our own projects and those of NGO’s we’ve met along the way which we know are in dire need of funds due to largely being small, un-publisised groups too busy with the task at hand to promote them selves. These will include NO Name Kitchen, The Sea Eye, BelgrAID, and others.
Our yurt and refugee art exhibition in the campaigns area at Shindig festival 2019 (also attended 2018)
We love Shindig, it is always an amazing first festival of the season, and a chance to integrate with other campaign stalls and crews. We met the legend Mark Tomas, and gave him a free t-shirt, and collected funds as well as spreading awareness about the refugee issue.
Boomtown Fair 2019
A blustery Boomtown, and the yurt stood strong, while other tents were forced to be taken down, our yurt was on the highest side of site, in the most windward position and we were pleased to say it was still standing come the end. We also sold clothes made at the Brufruit project, a school in Gambia, and raised over £100 for the project. We meet the amazing Rodney P, see video… And made over £100 for refugee artists Reza Sagahdi and other friends from Iran and Afghanistan.