We moved from London to Siracusa in Spring 2017 because it felt important to engage with the unaccompanied young people arriving on the coast of Europe. We gave our skills – as volunteer musicians, educators and even legal guardians – moving against the commercialisation of contemporary life, and with an eye to the global inequalities produced by capitalism.
The young people we befriended have allowed us chilling insight into their ongoing hardships, but have also given us huge pleasure in creative collaboration.
In Summer 2018, experiencing an increasingly xenophobic climate in Europe, it seems more important than ever to foster these encounters and collaborations, and to work out how they might be a force of resistance. Arts against Slavery is just beginning.
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