MASI is an independent platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose.
Sounds of Change Fundraiser for MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland is hosting a night of international music, dance and poetry on Friday 5th October in Dolan’s, Limerick. The night will feature performers from all around the world while also raising awareness of the difficulties facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Ireland and raising much-needed funds for MASI to continue their vital work.
MASI is the national organisation for people who are or have been in the asylum and direct provision system in Ireland. MASI works and advocates for justice, freedom and dignity for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. MASI’s focus is on the Right to Education and the Right to Work for all people seeking asylum, on the complete abolition of Direct Provision, and an end to deportations.
The artists performing on the night will include David Idioh, who many will recognise from Team Bressie on the Voice of Ireland; Yovanna Torres, dancer and choreographer of Irish, Flamenco and Mexican dance; popular Limerick band Celtic Whisper; Irish artist and singer-songwriter Julianne Hennelly; performance poets Denise Chaila and Sarah Clancy, and performers Kimanah and Leslie Goldfinder. The award-winning fusion group Citadel will be coming from Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre in Cork, bringing their unique fusion of sounds from Burundi, Ukraine, Russia, Bangladesh, India and South Africa to Limerick for the night. The night will be DJ’d by Fabu D and speakers from MASI will share their experiences of the direct provision and asylum system in Ireland
Speaking about the event, Donnah Vuma of MASI said: “Direct Provision keeps people segregated from the rest of the community. The Sounds of Change fundraiser will be an opportunity for a great night out with our friends and supporters while also raising awareness of the need to end Direct Provision, end deportations, and give people a meaningful, accessible right to work – quite simply to let people live normal, independent, fulfilling lives. As people in Direct Provision have to get by on just 21 euro a week, we are also asking those who can afford it to donate a ticket for people in Direct Provision so that everyone in our communities can enjoy this evening of intercultural celebration, integration and solidarity.”
Tickets are €10 for general admission and €5 for residents of direct provision and can be purchased on the door or in advance at the link below. Tickets can also be donated through this site: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/movementofasylumseekersinireland/197161
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