Esperanzah! festival: Music for a fairer world
Description: “Esperanzah!” is a world music festival whose aim is to encourage open-mindedness, exchange and cultural meeting. Each year the event brings together for 3 days musicians from all over the world and many associations working for a fairer and better world. Through music and party, the whole event promotes human, environmental and pacifist values. It is therefore not only a question of participating in a festive event, but above all, of integrating a project which aims for societal change through music and Artists. The team of Esperanzah team also wishes to demonstrate that it is possible to organize a large-scale event while respecting the environment (dry toilets, reusable cups, etc.), bypassing large multinationals and working with small local producers.
Type of Work: The team of Esperanzah’! is composed of 10 people. Together with local volunteers, international volunteers will help to set up and take down the festival facilities (tents, fences, scenery, stages…). They might make some of the decoration elements (painting, drawing…) but this is not systematic. . During the festival, volunteers will be free to attend the concerts. We ask the whole group to take time, at the beginning of the festival, to pass by the different associations working on the festival to learn about the different alternatives proposed.
Study Theme: Right to food, sustainable living, gender equality. There is a village in the festival where all the association are gathered. All those 35 a real reflection in order to define the common message which they wish to carry during the festival. They work beyond their respective objectives, to a convergence of the struggles for a change of society. As this topic is decided collectively, it’s not known until a few months before the festival. Last year The SACHA Plan (Safe Attitude Against Harassment and Aggression) was born as part of the campaign during the Festival.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in groups in one of the premises of the Abbey. Bring your mattress and your sleeping bag.
Requirements: Have already at least one volunteering experience. Join this project not only for its festive aspect but also for the values it defends. Being able to get involved in work, independently and despite the fatigue linked to the festive aspect of the project. A motivation letter is required. Show initiative, enjoy meeting others. The work can be physical and heavy.
Approximate Location: The festival will take place in the beautiful Abbey of Floreffe, close to Namur (in the South of Belgium)
Notes: In connection with the respect of their values and in order to remain consistent Esperanzah! takes the side of the “degrowth” by inviting fewer big headliners, by proposing more discoveries and by honoring less known artists. SACHA is a Plan to fight against harassment and sexist and sexual assault, specially designed for festive environments. https://www.esperanzah.be/engagement/plan-sacha/ Not accessible to wheelchairs.