Arts & Activism – Stop the Arms Fair Info Night / Fundraiser

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Date(s) - 01/08/2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Black Cat


Arts & Activism – Stop the Arms Fair Info Night / Fundraiser Hosted by North London Food Not Bombs and Campaign Against Arms Trade

Join us for a evening of discussion and performance exploring the role of the arts in activism, resistance and social justice movements (speakers and performers TBC). We will be raising funds to support migrant artists in participating in Stop the Arms Fair ( and will also be sharing info on how you can get involved.

Tasty 100% vegan/halal/kosher food will be cooked by North London Food Not Bombs!

Tickets are on a sliding scale: £5 (unwaged / student), £7.5 (waged), £10-£12.50 (solidarity ticket). There are limited spaces available so please make sure to book your ticket in advance (see eventbrite link in this event page)
No one will be turned away for lack of funds- please get in touch about free spaces.

Note on accessibility: there is a small step (8 cm) by the front door, the toilet is wheelchair accessible. Get in touch if you need any more info.

Black Cat cafe is a 100% vegan, cooperatively run space in Hackney-London that aims to promote an ethical lifestyle.


Stop The Arms Fair is a network of groups and individuals who have joined forces to put an end to DSEI and all UK arms fairs.
DSEI is one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. For one week every two years, in East London, arms companies display their weapons to buyers from around the world, including countries in conflict, authoritarian regimes and countries with serious human rights problems.

The UK government helps to organise this arms fair, invites these military buyers from around the world, and helps arms companies to make deals, at taxpayer expense.

This has to stop, and together we can stop it.
DSEI is planning to return on 12-15 September 2017 and we are already working to stop it.

Take action to challenge the arms fair, its organisers and the exhibitors that make a profit from killing and repression.

“Art is a powerful form of communication which has a unique ability to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. Simply put – Art is an exploration of what it means to be human.

[Art] can be brash or sublime, basic or intricate, and is one of the first forms of human expression and which remains rooted in the creative potential for innovation and transformation.

It has an extraordinary capacity to express resistance and rebellion; protest and hope. It can start conversations; it can bring subjects into the public sphere, expose abuses and to point towards new worlds: to touch people in a deeper and more affecting way than academic and political discourse, to move us to tears, to laughter and to action. – Deeyah Khan

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