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On Culture: War Child Film Festival 2017

The CultureJukebox team are passionate about doing good and great films, so it was brilliant to be contacted by War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, that’s launching its inaugural War Child Film Festival.

The event is in partnership with Everyman Cinemas and combines cinematic previews and premieres with live events, Q&As, panel discussions and performances; all to raise money for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

The eclectic programme will include special events curated by bands, radio stations, record labels, cultural publications as well as live performances, DJs and more. It takes place in venues across London from the 25 September to 6 October: www.ourscreen.com/warchildfilmfestival

Highlights include an exclusive screening of Purple Rain, providing an opportunity to watch the legend Prince’s Acting debut in the awesome East London rave-den Oval Space.

For those who want to keep their finger firmly on the pulse the screening of the UK Music Video Awards preview showcase at the Ham Yard Theatre combines exclusivity and eloquence in equal measure.

The festival will also host special events such as DJ sets and parties curated by the acts and cultural publications across the festival including artistic collective Last Night In Paris, who will also be performing live at Everyman Screen on the Green.

The festival will culminate in a screening of Floating Points’ ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ and a closing party in collaboration with Dance for Refuge at the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.

War Child has a rich heritage in innovative musical partnerships and has been harnessing the power of music to change lives since 1995 with the launch of the HELP Album.

100% of the profits from the tickets sold will fund War Child’s crucial work providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

War Child works in seven countries including Yemen where the conflict has had devastating consequences for children there. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies and more than 2.2 million children are malnourished.

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On Music: Oxjam Festival Celebrates its 10th Birthday

The CultureJukebox team have always loved the combination of new music and doing good that Oxjam always brings – so it was great to hear about the festival’s 10th birthday. Time flies people!

Legendary DJ Fatboy Slim is kicking off this year’s 10th birthday celebrations of Oxjam music festival with an intimate gig in the Dalston Oxfam shop. (This is one of London’s best charity shops btw!)

The DJ will be returning to where he played at the first big-name Oxfam shop gig for Oxjam, with records, clothes, books and hardware moving from the shop, to make way for a stage and speakers to create an extra special music venue on October 3.   

The gig will launch Oxjam Music Festival where hundreds of gigs of every size and genre imaginable will take place across the UK throughout October. The events are organised by volunteers to showcase the best local bands and musical talent to raise money for Oxfam’s work to end poverty. Some 2,500 musicians are expected will play to more than 100,000 people.

Hosting Oxjam launch parties is part of the Dalston Oxfam shop’s heritage. Over the past decade, the shop has featured the biggest names in the UK music scene, including The Kooks, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Skream, Four Tet, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2manydjs, and Ghostpoet.

Bad news people, the tickets to see Fatboy Slim are already sold out.

Since it started 10 years ago, more than a million people have been to an Oxjam gig, helping to raise more than £2.5 million – that’s enough money to supply fresh water to 2.5 million people, or the population of Greater Manchester, one of the largest metropolitan districts in the UK. 

Indie rock band Mystery Jets are supporting Oxjam by selecting and spinning vinyl, signing records and posing with fans for photos at Oxfam shops in Leicester, Preston, Newcastle, Edinburgh Cambridge. They will also be performing at the Reading shop and there will be opportunities to win tickets to their gigs throughout the Oxfam shop tour between 29 September to 12 October. 

Oxjam’s Manager Sandy Trappitt said: “For ten years Oxjam has been an exciting opportunity for music-lovers to come together and share their passion for all sorts of music while at the same time supporting Oxfam’s fight to end poverty. It’s something to celebrate and a chance to thank all those involved.”