SOUNDSTRIKE – European Launch in Berlin
New political culture concept launched in Berlin!
Strike Sound Berlin is an initiative by international artists against xenophobia, racism and war.
In the U.S., the “Soundstrike Alliance” is supported by 600 bands and musicians, many artists, writers, civil rights organizations and many others.
The movement is backed by 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston.
In addition, numerous international personalities, including Noam Chomsky and Salman Rushdie support the alliance.
The filmmaker Michael Moore put his voice behind the alliance in a recent CNN interview.
Since April this year, in the U.S. and Canada, many concerts, readings and other events have taken place in support of Soundstrike.
Now, artists in Europe and Japan have joined to show solidarity against xenophobia, racism and wars all over the world. They organise own events and concerts.
At the Kunsthaus Tacheles and the Cafe Zapata on October, 16 the first European Soundstrike Event took place.
The following artists participated: Vernon D. German (Slum Village, Dwele), TuneUp, Vahimiti Cenci, Angela Marchetti, Electric Betcave Daniel Colletti, AMT, Lorge Martinez Sanchez, Matt Gray and DJ Pachazonica Intiche.
Several art galleries at the Tacheles arthouse joined in.
The concert at the Cafe Zapata was broadcasted live on the Internet.
Participating musicians, artists, galleries and cafe Zapata organized the non-profit event.
The artbar Arcanoa in Kreuzberg presented another Soundstrike event on the same night, featuring Willi Wombat Band and the artist Ms. Horn.
The Soundstrike Alliance calls for action against new discriminatory and xenophobic laws to be introduced in several US-states.
Europe is facing similar threatening developments. The deportation of the Roma in France, the semi-racist remarks of german Bundesbanker Sarrazin, Geert Wilders, activities of the EU’s border agency Frontex and the electoral success of right-parties are only some of the problems.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, extending into surrounding countries are the main trigger for growing xenophobia and racism.
On 16 October, Tokyo had its own Soundstrike StartUp for Japan.
You can support the alliance with your name on the website or with own activities or events headlining and promoting public awareness about Soundstrike.
Events in Berlin will continue. In December, the YAAM, the main Reggae place in Berlin will organize its own Soundstrike event, which will be broadcasted live on the web.
Support comes the “Unruhe Stiften” alliance, representing 1300 artists who are mobilizing “Against the Right” and the Berlin-No-Berlusconi Group.
MEGASPREE a anti gentrification network supports the “Berlin Soundstrike as well.
The movement is growing.