“In this cruel marketplace, life is cheaper than bread. These are the words of a song that is often heard in Kurdistan about the hard fate of a stateless nation. Kurds make singing their way of life as their language has always been forbidden. To silence us, borders have been put across our homeland. To me, the borders demonstrate how easy it is for dictators to divide and kill”. Kurdish social activist, artist and refugee Vafa Bodaghi shares his experience using music and words.
The human microphone is a method to “amplify” demonstrations, as popularised by Occupy Wall Street. One person speaks, and those around them repeat the words. The voice is carried in waves into the crowd. During the Festival, and without becoming undemocratic, we will reverse the course of this process. An individual will recount collective experiences: stories of walls and borders from different parts of the world. Personal stories will be made public. Idea: Zofia Nierodzińska, Joanna Pańczak, Agnieszka Różyńska.