Thursday, July 28, 2016

RIZE OF THE MORNING STAR presents ROCKIN FOR WEST PAPUA

RIZE OF THE MORNING STAR

presents

ROCKIN FOR WEST PAPUA

An Australian and worldwide music, arts and cultural festival raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua.
We Stand for the arts, 
we stand for first nations people 
and we stand for West Papua.

The people of West Papua have been suffering under Indonesian occupation since 1963. Over 500,000 civilians have been killed, and thousands more have been raped, tortured and imprisoned. Foreign media and human rights groups are banned from operating in West Papua, so people rarely hear about the situation there. The Free West Papua Campaign is bringing the story of West Papua to the world and campaigning for freedom and justice in West Papua, to end the violence of the last 50 years.

Following the noise made and the funds raised by the ‘Punks For West Papua’ movement and documentary, more rockin’ artists are coming together for 10 days of live gigs around the world from September 30 to show support and help raise funds to assist the plight of the West Papuans, presented by global music & cultural movement Rize Of The Morning Star.
‘Rockin’ For West Papua’ gigs will be announced soon in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Lismore & Newcastle and all corners of the globe.
All funds raised go to the United Liberation Movement For West Papua.

Rize of the Morning Star are inviting musicians, artists and anybody who wants to make a stand, to show their colours in the month of October by organising gigs, exhibitions, festivals or any social gathering or display of support to let Indonesia, USA, AUSTRALIA AND UK governments know that we are standing for West Papua.
The latest on West Papua:
Despite the growing global support of the United Liberation Movement For West Papua (ULMWP), even as recently as last week over 800 West Papuan people were arrested and many tortured by Indonesian authorities simply for peacefully calling for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). In recent days there has been a surge of human rights abuses as thousands of people joined mass rallies with hundreds arrested at passive demonstrations in West Papua and Indonesia. Even with the media ban, harrowing video evidence has emerged of the brutality that peaceful protesters were met with including children and students.
Rize Of The Morning Star presents Rockin’ For West Papua
Standing up for our Artists, First Nation People’s and West Papua
September 30 to October 8 2016

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – SYDNEY: Wayward Hotel, Newtown feat. Blackbreaks, The Mis-Made

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER – NEWCASTLE: 

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER – MALAWI feat. Lucky Dube’s One People

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER – BRISBANE: feat. Monster Fodder

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER - LISMORE City Hall 

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER – GOLD COAST: feat. The Poor
Punks for West Papua Trailer



‘PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA’ – THE DOCUMENTARY TOUR
Following the success of the recent airing in Sydney, the award winning “Punks For West Papua” documentary is heading on the road with screening events in cities around Australia with guest appearances by filmmaker Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan and special performances from local punk legends in each town. The Sydney and Brisbane events will also feature the Leader of the Free West Papua Campaign and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Benny Wenda.
The documentary has been picking up awards around the world, including the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and IndieFest San Diego 2016.
“Punks For West Papua” is an intriguing story of one man’s selfless gesture that inspired a nation, and is recommended viewing for not just fans of punk rock but for anybody who believes in justice. 
Created by Brennan and narrated by Basia Bonkowski, this 46 minute film tells of the Aussie punk scene’s fight for the West Papuans, turning a fundraising event into an Australia wide benefit involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country, making Punks For West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock showcase in the nation’s history. 
The oppression of West Papua by Indonesia, with the support of the Australian government, is an issue that goes largely undiscussed by the mainstream. As UK media outlet TeenRock.com said in their article “10 Things We Learned From ‘Punks 4 West Papua -  “Since 1962, the indigenous West Papuan people have been fighting Indonesia’s occupation of their land. The Indonesian government have used torture and murder to control the West Papuans, but they’re fighting back, and Australia’s punk bands are shining a light on the issue. West Papua sits just north of Australia, and the proudly political punks of Oz are sick of the conflict happening unnoticed and unreported on their neighbouring island.” 
Proceeds for all events go to The United Liberation Movement of West Papua.
Media Links:
TeenRock.com, UK – “10 Things We Learned From ‘Punks 4 West Papua’”
Green Left Weekly, Aus – “Punks For West Papua: Indonesia’s West Papua Crimes Laid Bare In Award-Winning Doco”
The Brag, Aus – “Five Minutes With Ash Brennan, Producer/Director of Punks For West Papua”

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