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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.
October 27, 2022
Midsummer Festival

Films, photography, talks, music and poetry at Hundred Years Gallery On July 2, 2016, we joined forces with acclaimed UK music academy StaveHouse for a multi-arts mid-summer Western Sahara Festival. The event, held at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton,highlighted the ongoing plight of the Saharawi refugees in the Algeria Sahara and presented our efforts to […]

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October 27, 2022
Sahara Nights

Sahara Nights brought the house down with an array of film, photography, shortstory presentations and wonderful music to provide rich glimpses of the Saharawi world, culture and plight. The Roundhouse in Camden provided in-kind support to Sandblast offering its Studio-Theatre to host themulti-arts Sahara Nights extravaganza on June 6th 2012. Filled to the brim with […]

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October 27, 2022
Sahara Live Week

Creating a wider appreciation of Saharawi culture and promoting Studio-Live in London through concerts, films, discussions and workshops. The London crowd enjoyed a fantastic week of live music and educational activities with sensationalSaharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim. The event was supported by a grant from Arts Council England and involved collaborations with the MA […]

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October 27, 2022
"The Art of Struggle: Addressing Human Rights Through Music"

Evaluating the role of music in addressing and/or contesting issues of human rights. The day-long conference was held at SOAS, University of London and consisted of talks, film-screenings and debate as part of a conversation about cultural rights and the potential of using music to demand the respect of human rights. Contributors to the day […]

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October 27, 2022
Africa's Last Colony

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Moroccan invasion of Western Saharain October-November 1975 and the foundation of the Saharawi republic in exile inFebruary 2016, we organised a series of events in London over 4 months with funding from the Arts Council. Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton. From Oct 15 - Nov 1, 2015, we held […]

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October 27, 2022
Films & Fundraising for Saharawi Refugees

A double film screening of 'Sandtracks' and 'You Can't Get There From Here' to raise money for Desert Voicebox Together with the sold out film screenings of 'Sandtracks' and 'You Can't Get There From Here', art and photography salesfrom our 'Endless Exile' exhibiiton, handicrafts sales and other donations, we were delighted to have surpassed our […]

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October 27, 2022
Endless Exile Photography Exhibition

Documenting the life, culture and traditions of the Saharawi people. Endless Exile is but a fragmented glimpse of moments andscenes in the lives of the Saharawi refugees. They weredisplaced to harsh desert camps, in SW Algeria, nearly fivedecades ago due to the war that broke out in their homelandof Western Sahara.The photos represent the work […]

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Other events held since 2005 include:

  • Sandblast Garden Party Fundraiser, July 2021
  • Run the Sahara 2015 events at The Forge, Sept & Nov 2014
  • Run the Sahara 2014 event at Cairo Cafe, Oct 2013
  • Sandblast-ARTifariti encounters at Rich Mix, July 2011
  • Run the Sahara launch at Riverside 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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