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Refugee Week

Multiple locations, June 17 - 23 2024

Experience a variety of different events showcasing artists, films, cuisines, workshops, speakers, and more in cities throughout the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Ireland!
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Stories from a Forgotten People: The Western Sahara

Levenshulme Old Library, Manchester, July 19 at 18:00 and July 20 at 18:00

Join for an incredible weekend featuring Saharawi speakers, inspiring films, and more, and hear from Sandblast about some of our biggest projects, including Desert Voicebox and the Sahara Marathon. This event is in collaboration with Olive Branch Arts and the Western Sahara Support Group. 
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Below is a selection of some our fund and awareness-raising events that we have held or participated in since our founding in 2005.
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Film Screening: HAIYU - Rebel Singer Mariem Hassan and the Struggle for a Free Western Sahara

Sheffield DocFest, June 14 - June 17, 2024

"The result of a collaboration between filmmaker collectives RåFILM from Sweden and Saharawi Voice from the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria, HAIYU interweaves Mariem Hassan’s music and her personal quest for her country’s independence with larger historical events dating back to the region’s Spanish colonisation, and subsequent occupation by Morocco."
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Film Screening: Polisario, A People in Arms

British Film Institute, Saturday, June 15, 2024

"The Sahrawi people’s resistance struggle as seen through the eyes of a great anti-colonialist filmmaker, followed by a short about an American woman’s civil rights awakening."
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Sandblast Annual Info Day

Nubian Life Resource Centre, October 1, 2023

The Sandblast community as well as members of the Saharawi diaspora in the UK came together to hear updates on Sandblast's work, gain insight into the ongoing human rights struggle in Western Sahara, and enjoy music and food together!

Film Screening: "Sons of the Clouds" with Q&A

University of Sussex, November 25, 2022

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Stand with Saharawis Conference

UNITE Trade Union, London, October 29, 2022

Four Films to Change the World Fundraiser

July 28, 2022

Stories from Turkey, Sudan, Pakistan, and Western Sahara followed by panel discussion with filmmakers and Sandblast facilitators

Freedom for Western Sahara Demonstration

June 11, 2022

The demonstration in front of the Moroccan consulate in London also marked the inauguration of the first UK-based Saharawi Community Organisation

UK Parliamentary Hearing

June 9, 2022

All-Party Parliamentary Group committee hearing on self-determination and independence for Saharawi people

Films and Fundraising for Saharawi Refugees

June 6, 2022

Screening of "Sandtracks" and "You Can't Get There From Here" at ActOne Cinema in Acton, London
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Endless Exile Photography Exhibition

May 31 - June 9, 2022

Photos by Danielle Smith and Quintina Valero of daily life, culture, and traditions of the Saharawi people in the gallery space at ActOne Cinema
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Film Screening and Q&A: "You Can't Get There from Here"

January 15, 2022

Film by Daniel Petkoff and Peter Shields featuring Danielle Smith and Q&A and the Little Theatre in Bath
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Midsummer Festival

July 2, 2016

Films, photography, talks, music, and poetry at Hundred Years Gallery in collaboration with StaveHouse
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Other Events  

Sandblast Garden Party Fundraiser, July 2021
Run the Sahara 2015 events at The Forge, September and November 2014
Run the Sahara 2014 event at Cairo Cafe, October 2013
Sandblast-ARTifariti encounters at Rich Mix, July 2011
Run the Sahara launch at Riversie Studios, October 2011
EL PROBLEMA screenings throughout the UK, 2010-2011
Concert for the Saharawis at Cargo, November 2009
Poetry & Music: Western Sahara meets Latin America at Canning House, March 2007
Western Sahara photo exhibition at Host Gallery, January 2007
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