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Rockin For West Papua Global Concert at Howler Melbourne

  • Howler 7-11 Dawson Street Brunswick, VIC, 3056 Australia (map)

Join us at Howler Melbourne on Sunday October 21st for a day of celebration raising funds and awareness for the #FreeWestPapuacampaign in these global concerts. 

Join The Black SistazBlack Orchid Stringband Sol Nation and Mitch Tambo for an afternoon of music, dancing, community, freedom and blessings! 

For the last two years, bands, promoters, venues, and human rights advocates have all joined forces to collectively use music as a weapon by Rockin For West Papua. Over the course of the same weekend more than 75 bands, in 33 cities, on 4 different continents have stood in solidarity with the people of West Papua to shine a light on the ongoing genocide and human rights abuses.

Australian coordinator for the Free West Papuan campaign Ash Brennan said: “Music has always been an inspiration to me as it has to people around the world, rich or poor. West Papuans use music to tell their stories, but it is illegal to play these songs in West Papua. The penalty is 15 years prison. I’m excited that musicians and artists from around the world are coming together for the third year running to stand with West Papua, to show music, art and human spirit can defeat tyranny.”

Rockin for West Papua has raised vital funds for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, creating real hope for the oppressed peoples of West Papua. Including the funding of a ULMWP delegation trip to the United Nations in New York to deliver a petition for freedom signed by 1.8 million West Papuans.

“Indonesia has tanks and guns. We West Papuans only have guitars. Music is our weapon for Freedom.” – Benny Wenda, Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua

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Media Contacts:
Free West Papua Campaign
Australia – Ash Brennan
U.K. – Kate Izlanti
USA – Jewell Faamaligi