UPDATE: A big thank you to all who donated their equipment (and time!) as part of our musical instrument amnesty – we have a medley of equipment and instruments that will be making their way to Medellin, Colombia – from bass guitars, amps, to flutes – all greatly received!
‘If it wasn’t for hip hop I would be dead and for that I will also be grateful’ MC Lupa, Sociedad FB
Help In Place of War, an organisation working with creativity to conquer conflict, collect equipment to set up new music schools in Medellin, Colombia.
The Boileroom will be opening its’ doors in June as a drop-off point for people in the locality of Guildford to take part in this exciting new community studio in Medellin, organized by charity In Place Of War.
Simply pop down to the venue anytime between Thurs 6th and Saturday 8th June with your musical donations (every and any equipment and instruments welcome – as long as it’s working!) and we will do the rest.
If these dates don’t work for you – you are more than welcome to drop-off equipment at The Boileroom anytime before these dates – email Lydia@theboileroom.net to arrange a time and day.
Use your unwanted musical studio equipment and instruments to help build a brighter future for the young people that live there.
‘Our weapons in this war are guitars and drums and these weapons have served us well because we are still alive.’ Monica Morena, drummer with the punk band Ira
The city of Medellin has witnessed decades of complex, cocktail of enmeshed paramilitary, militia and narco violence that has resulted in the deaths, disappearance and displacements of thousands of civilians. Whilst the murder rate has dropped since its peak in the early 90s at the high of the Medellin Cartel, the city continues to witness high levels of narco and paramilitary violence, displacement of civilians and the existence of gang-controlled territories.
It is against this backdrop of everyday violence that music emerged as means of providing young people with an alternative way of life, a tool to resist and prevent violence. Young people, especially, young men and boys are at risk of being recruited by criminal gangs. Hip hop provides young people with a safe non-violent space to express themselves, reimagine their barrio through art as well as develop their artistic talent. By providing an alternative way of life, hip hop can also be regarded as a mechanism to resist and prevent violence by removing young people at risk of being recruited.
About In Place of War
In Place Of War is a non-profit organisation which supports artists and creative communities living in sites of war, revolution and conflict to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and bring the value of the arts to public debate. IPOW is opening new creative spaces and providing a powerful platform that allows voices to be heard and opportunities to be created. Since the organisation was first established in 2004, IPOW has worked with creative communities in some of the most challenging areas of the world. Today, its creative community spans over 100 grassroots organisations with a collective real of over 60 million people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.