Brota Festival Partners With Spanish Refugee Assistance Commission to Offer Jobs

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Daniel Carbonell, a.k.a Macaco performs on stage during LOS40 Primavera Pop festival at Madrid WiZink Center on May 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. 

Organizers of the “good vibes” festival have also invited people rescued in Mediterranean waters to join El Canijo de Jerez in singing his pro-immigration anthem.

Spain’s Brota Festival, a beachside music weekend known for its commitment to sustainability, has partnered with the Spanish Refugee Assistance Commission (CEAR) to give jobs to migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters.

Nine members of the festival’s production team, from different countries, were among 630 people rescued in June 2018 by the Doctors Without Borders search and rescue ship Aquarius. This weekend’s festival, in Rota, Cadiz, in Southern Spain, will "introduce them little by little to“what it’s like to work at an event of this kind,” a Brota Festival spokesperson told Billboard.

In addition, organizers have invited 50 immigrants who arrived in Southern Spain earlier this year after being rescued at sea by the organization Open Arms to attend the festival. They are expected to join El Canijo de Jerez, an artist from Cadiz, in singing his song "Todos Somos Refugiados" ("We Are All Refugees") on Saturday (Aug. 10).

The performance is to be filmed for a documentary about the ongoing crisis of migrants fleeing dire situations in Libya, The Republic of  Congo, Syria and other countries seeking refuge. Currently, an Open Arms boat with 121 people aboard is currently waiting for a country in the European Union to accept the refugees and allow it to come ashore. In July, an estimated 150 died in the ocean off of Libya, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Doctors Without Borders announced in December 2018 that the Aquarius was ceasing its lifesaving operations after its work was stymied by what Doctors Without Borders called European policies and “obstruction tactics.”  

The Brota Festival, which promoter Tritón Livefun bills as a sustainable and solidary festival ruled by “good vibrations,” starts today (Aug. 9). Macaco, Mala Rodriguez and Sevillan conscious hip hop group SFDK are among the artists slated to play this weekend.


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