We need to talk! Urgently!
A small space in a small place, but small is beautiful and small is symbolic of big.
Our country, like most of Europe, no - more than most of Europe, has lately been the destination for many refugees. Once the perils of the journey is over, the calm - and the big silence - sets in. We have had over two hundred years of peace in our country - but for many a newcomer it can feel like 100 years of silence. One culture of repression succeeds another. A country of political repression gives way to a country of the socially repressed. It gets to you. With so much to talk about - your whole life in tatters and a world seemingly caving in - and not many seem to listen, not many seem to care. If anything could be a breeding place of the demise of our centuries of peace this deafening silence could be it. Like a silence before the big blast.
We need to talk, urgently.
Here locally in Falun, we have facilitated meeting places with music as the common language to address the urgency. The lack of public dialogue and public meetingplaces regarding issues of migration is partly a language question. But we believe there are common languages. The music is one. And there is a lot of common ground, if being human would not be common ground enough.
Friday Nov 20 we had a beautiful get together at Magasinet in Falun, with food, music, art, fashion and a big choir consisting of some Swedes plus the young refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq who have just come to our shores. It rocked!
And Jennifer received most deservedly a scholarship from the Save the children foundation for her work with the newly arrived children and youth!
We realize most of you who read this will not be able to come in person, to our common ground here in Falun. But now we can address that; another small gathering of music and entertainment with the newly arrived at "Gamla Elverket", Falun will be streamed live from this site. So check in here - wherever you are!
Sunday Nov 29 at 15.00 CET, see you at this site; www.PeaceofMusic.com !
(As this also is the day of the Peoples Climate March worldwide, we will be out marching in Falun before and return to Gamla Elverket for Man Delar - so the clock-time of the start is a bit tentative, from 15.00 and onwards. Now is the time to act...)
But even better, maybe our small efforts on this side can inspire you to do something even greater wherever you are...
In power - and peace,
If you don’t - please let us know. We’d like to furnish this home for you and together with you!