In response to the Nationality and Borders Bill – known as the Anti-Refugee Bill – which is being presented in October to parliament, music collective Pollination have launched a cross-arts campaign to help provide support to UK-based refugees and asylum seekers.
By bringing members of the UK's music and arts community together, Pollination have curated a genre-spanning compilation and an event in London.
The compilation features music from the likes of Tamlin (aka Agora/ Movement), Sofia El-Harifi (aka Sofie K), Dexta and West Norwood Cassette Library, and the event, which will take place at Tola on 24th October, will host DJ sets from Ifeoluwa,Local Group, Al Wooton and many more.
Pollination's message is loud and clear: "As members of the UK’s creative community, we come together to stand against this cruel and inhumane bill, which must be stopped. We believe that the UK, our home, is a place that welcomes all people. Electronic dance music culture is rich because of the people who make it up. Diversity is built into the UK’s roots: it is what enables our music scene to thrive.
"At Pollination, we want to celebrate the blend of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that form the fabric of our scene. We say no to narratives that separate and dehumanise people. Instead, we embrace the deep human values of unity, care and connection. We believe that these are a natural part of the world we all live in – and that by embracing this, we can collaborate mutually and flourish as a collective."
Priti Patel will present the final reading of the Nationality and Borders Bill this month. If it goes through, the Bill will allow the UK to reject an estimated 9,000 asylum seekers who are currently eligible to claim settlement every year.
All profits from the project will be donated to Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), a charity working with young people to rebuild their lives after arriving unaccompanied in the UK to seek asylum.
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