War. What is it good for? (absolutely nothing)

An evening of art, music and politics to explore an important topic for our times: war. With millions of refugees displaced from Syria and the Iraq war casting a long shadow over the world it's never been more important to understand the world around us and our role in it.

With interactive talks from Kate Hudson (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), and Shadia Edwards-Dashti (Stop the War Coalition) compered by Bridie Squires you'll come away from this enthused to campaign for a more peaceful world. As if that's not enough we also have singer songwriter Stacey McMullen, spoken word artists DIY Poets, and on the decks Descent (Plates Records). To top it all off we'll have a display of anti war art and graphic design.

A night to inform, entertain, educate and organise brought to you by Nottingham People's Assembly

★★★Kate Hudson★★★    Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Kate is the national chair of CND and a long time campaigner against nuclear weapons. CND is one of the oldest anti war movements in the UK, and brought millions onto the streets in the 60s, and again when the threat of nuclear war arose again in the 1980s. The famous peace symbol we all know and love was designed for CND and remains one of the most recognisable symbols in the world.

★★★Shadia Edwards-Dashti★★★    Stop the War Coalition

Shadia is a leading young member of Stop the War Coalition. Stop the War famously brought over 1 million people onto the streets in 2003 to protest against the Iraq war. Stop the War have seen their predictions come true as the war in Iraq has destabilised the whole region and casts a long shadow more than 10 years after it began.

Shadia and Kate will answer questions and discuss with the audience, all compered by Bridie Squires.

★★★Descent (Plates Records)★★★

Nick Strang from Plates Records will play a selection of tracks with a focus on funk and soul music. The movement  for black civil rights and against the Vietnam war gave funk music a distinctly political edge with some of the most famous artists making songs that spoke to a world that wanted change. Our event is named after one of the most famous songs of that era, War, written in 1969 as a protest against Vietnam war.

★★★Stacey McMullen★★★

Stacey McMullen is a rising star on the Nottingham scene who's just been signed by I'm Not From London and is tipped for stardom. As well as being a classically trained guitarist Stacey writes and sings his own songs and has a wide repertoir and a fantastic stage presence.

★★★DIY Poets★★★

The fantastic DIY poets have wide range of vocal styles that they'll deploy throughout the night to punctuate the variety of acts we have on stage. From spoken word, to poetry, to politics, DIY do it all but always in style!

Throughout the night we'll be displaying a wide range of anti war art and graphic design from around the world and who knows, we may even have some to give away!

A night not to be missed!

WHEN
September 15, 2016 at 7pm - 10pm
WHERE
Rough Trade
5 Broad St
Nottingham NG1 3AJ
United Kingdom
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