The Melting Potluck Music Mashup – IRC Education Fund(raiser)

When: 9 December at 20:30
Where: De Burgos, Saint Augustine Street, Galway

Come join The Melting Pot Luck crew in De Burgos on the 9th of December for an eclectic lineup of local musicians, while supporting two initiatives that work to combat the social exclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland. They are raising much needed funds for their Melting Potluck solidarity dinners and for our Education Fund, please see below for more information on these projects.

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LINE UP

v-touch + tribalart (theklan) – “an innovative sound to a misunderstood world, music for the young, old and open-minded”

The Flying Head – ” Cuddly-Psychedelic-Electro husband and wife team”

Dead Horse Jive – “Dirty Rotten Rock N’ Roll”

DJ Róselecta – Dance hall, hip hop, funk and ska

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RAFFLE PRIZES!!!

Tickets on the door – €8/€5

Free for people in Direct Provision

You will be supporting:

Irish Refugee Council Education Fund

This fund was established in 2015 with support from the Community Foundation of Ireland to financially assist people in the asylum process in accessing further education. Since then, through very generous donations from the public and private sector, the fund has continued to assist people in the asylum process with their educational needs, be it course fees, transportation costs or course materials. Education plays a vital role in people’s development, self esteem and integration, if you want to find out more contact Charlotte at education@irishrefugeecouncil.ie or visit the the Irish Refugee Council Education Fund iDonate.ie page. For testimonials on the impact of the program check out the following links:

Pride
Takondwa

The Melting Potluck

The Melting Pot Luck is a volunteer-run community event in Galway which is all about sharing food and meeting new people from different cultures. They host bi-monthly ‘potluck’ style dinners in Galway, bringing the local community and people with experience of forced migration together to share food, culture, music and stories.

Direct Provision is a system of accommodation in Ireland for asylum seekers which has been in place since 2000. There are two such centres in Galway, one in Salthill and one in the city centre. People are forced to live in cramped conditions with no privacy in these centres and most residents lack access to cooking facilities. Food is poor quality and mealtimes are rigid. Asylum seekers have no access to employment and the weekly allowance is €21.60. Living in this way and never knowing when it will end takes a massive toll on people’s well-being.

The melting Potluck aim to facilitate a space where the boundaries between people with experience of forced migration and the local community are broken down, and they do this through food and cultural exchange. They provide kitchen space and ingredients for people in Direct Provision to cook their own food for the events and members of the public are invited to bring some food to share. After dinner is a chance for musicians and performers from different backgrounds to share their talents. Email galwaymeltingmotluck@gmail.com for more information.