Migrants Make Your Own Garden
An event dedicated to Syria, the country’s refugees and the communities of Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish-majority region in the north of the country that is attempting to establish a society based on principles of direct democracy, gender equality and sustainability.
The event will start with an open public forum featuring speakers involved in the struggle for Syria’s future:
- Barbara Massaad, Lebanese blogger, leader of the Slow Food Beirut Convivium and author of Soup for Syria
- Zerocalcare, Italian cartoonist and author of Kobane Calling
- Ercan Ayboga, activist with the ecological movement in Mesopotamia, involved in the creation of Slow Food gardens in 10 schools in Kobane
- Yahya Manla, former high school teacher and PhD student from the University of Damascus, currently requesting asylum in Italy
- Al Hussain Berivan, representative for agriculture in Rojava, and coordinator of the Slow Food vegetable gardens in Kobane.
Soup will be served from 8pm, accompanied by music from Fanfara Station, a project by the Tunisian multi-instrumentalist Marzouk Mejri and the American trumpet player Charles Ferris, whose repertoire ranges from stambeli to muewesheh to Arab-Andalusian music.
During the evening, it will be possible to buy the books Soup for Syria by Barbara Massaad and Kobane Calling by Zerocalcare, with proceeds going to the refugees and food gardens of Kobane.
Free entry, but donations are welcome.