Raise Your Banners 1997
Festival of Political Song, Sheffield, England
Celebrating the power of political music and campaigning
Friday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November 1997.
Giving voice to struggles for liberation, equality and
justice, in defence of the environment, and for a better world ahead
Following the great success of the Raise Your Banners festival in November
1995, the second Raise Your Banners festival of political song took place
in Sheffield over the weekend of 31st October-2nd November 1997.
All over the world, music and song express the anger, the ambitions
and the solidarity of popular struggles.
It is the aim of Raise Your Banners to raise the public profile of political
music in Britain. It brings together musicians, professional and amateur,
from this country and abroad, to display their talents and celebrate the
political power of music. It provides, for people active on the left, a
weekend of fun and solidarity. And the sheer vivacity of the festival is
another sign that left-wing politics are very much alive and kicking.
Raise Your Banners '97 comprised some twenty concerts, in venues
large and small around Sheffield city centre. These were complemented by
a full programme of workshops, children's events, talks and discussions,
theatre, film, performance poetry and exhibitions.
Sponsored by the Arts Council of England; Yorkshire and Humberside Arts;
Sheffield Arts and Museums Leisure Services; the Barry Amiel and Norman
Raise Your Banners '97 was organised by members of the Sheffield
For further information on Raise Your Banners, see the new website: http://www.ryb.org.uk/
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