This summer our team organised and hosted non-profit No More War Festival – an initiative to bring together civil activists from different countries in times of increasing tensions in the region. No More War aimed to showcase that the civil society stands for peace, to strengthen connections and to deepen insights on peace and war, to ignite people to think seriously on what is happening but also to have good time together with people from countries about which they have strong stereotypes. No More War took place across a road from an active military training zone, just before a huge international military exercise Aurora 17.
We put not only efforts but our hearts in this initiative, and we did not want to be stopped by the lack of financial support. The whole festival was organised only based on gift economy with no support from any institutions, and still we run it for free for participants. We just did what we believed must be done. We were spending our personal, NGOs and our cooperative's money on building the infrastructure, on sound equipment, food for volunteers and contributors. We still have not counted all expenses, but we already counted a debt of the sum we try to collect with that crowd-funding. We do need your support.
We do not stand against or for any military coalition or political entity,
we work for a different approach of solving international conflicts:
cooperation instead of escalating tension, dialogue instead of increasing militarisation.
People were coming on their own expenses, playing amazing music for free and running outstanding workshops for free, That was common contribution for manifesting the value of peace and dialogue. Now we ask you to please support that initiative and make it possible for us to cover the expenses and therefore to continue with the work.
That year No More War was a pilot try-out and brought together a small but diverse crowd of 220 activists and musicians from all over, we had Swedish bands playing on the same scene with Russian ones, continuing by a common jam around the fire. We had contributors for the festival and the program from Sweden, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, USA, France, Ukraine, and many more others with volunteering. We hope to go on with organising spaces for international gatherings beyond stereotypes and political borders. but it depends on whether we feel support from you.