Rock Im Park – rocks against poverty

June 5, 2007 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

rockimpark11.jpgI´m writing this on the train to Rostock, Rock im Park just behind me. I´m exhausted but pleased and happy at the same time.

Four days ago the Oxfam ´Rock-im-Park´ team arrived in Nuernberg for the biggest rock music festival in Germany. This year it was a sell out, which meant we were sharing the camping area with 60 000 people. Our aim was to collect as many signatures against poverty as possible, to help build up more than a million names for a symbolic handover in Rostock during the G8.

rockimpark2.jpgTo our amazement people mobbed us with interest right from the beginning. We didn´t even have to go out and get them. At an event like this where people come to have a good time and a break from everyday life, we expected it to be hard work persuading the party crowd. But we could hardly handle the masses in front of our table – (which of course broke on the first day!) Some people liked the campaign so much that they became activists themselves and started giving out our stickers! We even had one guy come and offer his services to work for Oxfam on this cause because he was so excited by it. He´d had a few drinks too I suspect…. Hilarious. We had wonderful refreshing discussions, although many tongues were ´heavy´ from beer. In total 1070 people signed up and there´s not a single white band or badge left.

So, my highlights. German pop stars MIA kicked off with the words “there are 15 000 people in front of this stage. That makes 15 000 voices that can be raised against poverty. Do it, go to the Oxfam stall and sign their petition!”. Fran Healey from Travis and Jan Delay – one of the biggest and funkiest German Hiphop artists – followed suit and asked people to text Merkel. MIA, Travis and Jan Delay – you made such a difference! We´re so happy and we thank you very much!

A summary of the festival could go like this: apart from too little sleep and too much mud, we had three wonderful days with a dream team of campaigners and great people who showed that they care and gave invaluable support. It was easy to get their voices because they already cared.

I can´t wait to take a shower now!

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Entry filed under: G8 2007 - Germany.

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