Season of Migration
November 21st - 23rd, 2019
Al Safya Family Club - Bahri, Sudan
This is a FREE community event organized to promote peace, arts, and culture in Sudan. Everyone is welcome to attend and experience the great talent that the Sudanese community has to offer. This three-day festival will provide a curated experience that blends musical performances, an art exhibition and a mural that will showcase some of the best talent that Sudan has to offer – with creative collaboration as a central and cross-cutting theme. The festival is a strictly a nonpolitical and nonpartisan event, our only aspiration is to support a vibrant Sudan for all.
In parallel to the art and music performances, we will be hosting a number of workshops which will be led by topic experts covering a wide variety of topics from visual arts to nutrition, and women's empowerment to intellectual property rights, as well as master-classes for creatives on music, branding, YouTube content, and more. There will also be a number of other equally impactful social initiatives, such as a blood collection drive to support the Sudanese National Blood Bank in building up reserves as well as an open invitation to donate used books to support an up-and-coming public library.
Furthermore, to ensure sustained long term impact we will be undertaking a renovation and beautification of the venue to give back to the community and are grateful to the more than one hundred volunteers that have already signed up to support. This will be coupled with the planting of several hundred small trees as a tribute to each of our fallen martyrs and rape victims, to support the environment and to raise awareness about desertification.
~ There will be children-friendly activities, including the chance to paint alongside the artists! ~
This is the second-ever Sudanese Peace Music Festival and the first to be held inside Sudan. The inaugural event was held in Offenbach, Germany, in July 2019 and was a huge success. More information can be found at Sudanesepeacemusicfestival.com. Future events will be held bi-annually in locations all around Sudan and abroad.
What Can You Expect During the Festival:
· Musical Performances: by some of the best talent in Sudan including Aslaf Band “اسلاف الموسيقية”, Aswat Almadina “أصوات المدينة”, Fadul Ayub “فضل ايوب”, Igd El Djilad “عقد الجلاد” , Mahdia “مهدية”, Nancy Ajaj “نانسي عجاج”, Reggae Everywhere “الريغي افريوير”, Salute Yal Bannot “سالوت يا البنوت”, Sudan Drums "سودان درمس", Sudan Roots “سودان روتس”, WD Alzain and Sanrise “ود الزين وسنرايز”
· Art Exhibition & Collaborative Mural: led by some artists on the razor’s edge of innovation including Galal Yousef, Alaa Satir, and Mohamed Dardiri as well as more than 30 rising visual artists
· Workshops & Master Classes: for the general public and creatives covering a wide variety of topics including Branding, Health, Intellectual Property Rights, Music, Nutrition, Recycling, Visual Arts, Women Empowerment and YouTube Content Generation
· Socially Impactful Measures: beyond the workshop and master class series will include a blood collective drive to support the Sudanese National Blood Bank, an open donation of used books to support a public library, and the planting of several hundred trees as part of a community beautification project and to raise awareness about the environment and desertification
· Social Media Coverage: by the legendary YouTuber Muaz Osman, as well as several leading media personalities and skilled journalists
· Traditional Media Coverage: Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television channels have already signed up to provide coverage and we are currently in discussions with a number of local media channels to cover and promote the festival
· Children Friendly Activities: including the chance to paint alongside artists
The festival is a FREE event to ensure that anyone with an interest can attend, and will be funded primarily via your generous support - we greatly appreciate your love and backing! Our collective vision for a diverse, safe, and vibrant Sudan starts with you, and can only be realized with your generous support and backing!
We are here to deliver on the promise of حنبنيهو “we will build it” by leveraging our collective talents in service of our beloved and beautiful homeland. We make several pledges to you, first we will be fully transparent with our budget goals and fundraising progress, second we will continue to use the festival as a platform to support women empowerment, and third we continue to uphold our promise to honor the sacrifices of our valiant martyrs and rape victims.
This is an event made entirely by Sudanese and for Sudanese people. This event depends entirely on the support of people just like you. Thank you for considering to help us make this dream a reality!
What Your Donations Will Go Towards:
We have a flexible fundraising target, the first is of USD 17.5K to realize upcoming event, the second of USD 65.0K would be the seed capital make the venture sustainable**.
· Venue (USD 3,500): to cover costs associated with renovation, upgrade, paint, beautification, planting of trees, and so forth
· Equipment (USD 4,500): rent of stage, sound system, lighting, television, and so forth
· Curatorial (USD 2,750): to cover preparation of the exhibition space, including framing, lighting, and other curatorial charges
· Media (USD 3,000): videography including drone shots, and post-production expenses
· Marketing (USD 750): promotional materials such as flyers and printouts
· Flights (USD 3,000): airplane tickets for the organizational team and one guest artist
Please share the campaign if you are also excited about this great, historic event! We hope to see your shining faces there with us. The event will be shared via social media for those outside of Sudan. Follow along, share with your friends and family, and be a part of the festivities!
** Note: Any additional funds will be put towards making the Sudanese Peace Music Festival a sustainable, bi-annual event. These expenses are highlighted below**
· Incorporation (USD 7,500): legal expenses to formally establish a not-for-profit / NGO structure
· Research (USD 2,500): build a comprehensive open-source database of Sudanese artists
· Video (USD 4,000): professional 4-5 min video to showcase the larger concept
· Website (USD 3,000): revamp and professional upgrade of SPMF website
· Base Salaries for Team (USD 48,000): salaries for two core team members, covering the first six months
Important Clarifications and Transparency Statements:
The funds raised from your kind support will be drawn in the name of Hussam El Tayeb on behalf of the Sudanese Peace Music Festival (SPMF) initiative, and I will be personally in charge of managing expenses and purchasing supplies on behalf of the initiative. If we are successful in raising additional funds beyond our initial target these will go towards the realization of SPMF as a sustainable and recurring initiative. If we do not meet our abovementioned fundraising target we still intend to realize the event in Khartoum but will have to rely on our independent resources (which are very limited) and consider scaling down some of the components.
More about the Sudanese Peace Music Festival Team:
· Ali, Ilham: is a technologist and recent engineering graduate. She has work experience at IBM, the MIT Media Lab, and City of San Francisco Public Works. She is active in the arts community and is the founder of sudanrevolutionart.org In addition, Ilham is also a musician and writer for Andariya Magazine in Sudan. She joins the team to play a lead role in event mgmt. and community outreach
· Dardiri, Mohamed (founder): is a well-established art exhibition curator and an artist in his own right who has been featured at the Chicago Design Museum, and the Nest Gallery in Indiana. His portfolio includes works for Facebook, Thirst Design and Exhibit Columbus. He provides overall guidance on all matters to do with art and creative community outreach
· El Tayeb, Hussam (founder): is an impact investment executive at a globally leading alternative asset manager with EUR 2Bn of assets under management and is an investment banker by training with more than fifteen years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He kickstarted SPMF and provides overall leadership and oversight on planning, logistics, finance, and public relations
· Timon, Mohamed: is the massively talented lead singer and guitarist of the hip sensation Aswat Al Madina group. He is credited as founder and creative director of the group and provides overall vision and leadership. Mohamed joins the team to lead the curation and management of the musical lineup