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The WAYout Arts hub in Freetown Sierra Leone continues to do great work in and around the community there, creating new music, film and training opportunities all the time.

Like many (or all) charities, they require financial support from time to time, but rather than just put their hands out hoping for cash, they have often gone the extra mile by putting on events, concerts and exciting fundraising activities.

The latest of these is a series of t-shirts and hoodies available online through sites including Dizzyjam and Amazon, featuring appealing Salone-flavoured designs, such as the UNameItChallenge parody tee above.

If you are looking for a unique gift for someone this year, or just want to refresh your wardrobe, do check them out on the links below and support where you can

Dizzyjam (Worldwide)
Amazon (US Only)

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You have two days left to enter this raffle and not only be in with a chance of winning great prizes, but also supporting and helping people that REALLY need it!

Every £10.00 you donate to WAYout buys you the chance to win dinner for two at the top of The Shard. 2nd Prize is a signed copy of the book ‘David Beckham’ and 3rd prize is two tickets to Park Theatre.

The draw takes place on 17th February.

Full rules and conditions here
You must be over 16 to enter. Every entry you buy will be issued with an eticket the following day. The draw will take place on 17th February 2016, 5pm

About WAYout

WAYout supports street and disadvantaged young people in Sierra Leone, changing  the lives of street, vulnerable and conflict affected young people through the arts.

They offer training and shelter, make films that can effect change and record music that enables the excluded to  re-engage, promoting artistic freedom, education and empowerment.

Like many organisations working in Sierra Leone, 2015 was a tough year for WAYout, dealing with the Ebola crisis.

Unlike many youth organisations- they remained open but this meant an increase in numbers coming to WAYout, for somewhere to learn and create and as a safe place offering food and shelter during the lockdowns.

So their costs went up, whilst their income went down.

During the Ebola Crisis 83 young people earned certificates, they opened a new studio and finished five albums, supported other NGOs with videos.


WAYout is bringing their successful carol concert back to the heart of London.

Raising funds for WAYout’s work in Sierra Leone, the concert will include some amazing acts, the chance to sing along in a carol concert with a difference. As an example, watch the Youtube video of their last carol concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNIWbWd9iKQ

The last two years have been devastating for Sierra Leone. From the wide-reaching impact of Ebola, to more recent floods washing away many Freetown residents’ homes. Our work raising awarenes, providing voice, opportunities, shelter and homes to street youth and disadvantaged communities has already changed many lives and has never been more important.

The last carol concert had a true African twist with dancing in the aisles, along with the traditional carol-singing.
This year, the amazing London African Gospel Choir (www.thelagc.com) will be joining them again.

Please come along and have a great night, supporting WAYout’s work in the process.

And if you can’t join them in person, PLEASE SHARE with anyone you think may be interested.

Tickets are £15 each – to buy, please pay
1) via BMyCharity – Please state in the comment box your name and how many tickets you’re buying (please also tick the Gift Aid box):http://www.bmycharity.com/charities/wayout.

2) Or at TicketScript (a 10% processing charge applies): https://shop.ticketscript.com/channel/web2/start-order/rid/5QY9XEXP/language/en

www.wayoutarts.org

A day of free events to celebrate the universal language of music, Music Day is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on the 21st June. Last year there were events in 108 countries and 726 cities around the world, not including France where there were too many events to count!

Check out some photos from last years events.

The event is also known as Fête de la Musique(www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) (orWorld Music Day) and originated in France in 1982. Since then the idea has spread across the globe with each event holding to the same simple set of principles: that the day is held on the mid-summer solstice and that all concerts and events are free and accessible to the public.

Typically this means that the music is brought out onto the streets, though venues are also encouraged to get in on the act!

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They are looking for organisers, venues or promoters to host their own Music Day event or musicians of all ages, amateur or professional, who are interested in finding gigs.

Head to the Music Day website to find out more information

https://musicday.org.uk/

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Help stop the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone through awareness raising music by street youth.

In early February of this year, people started dying in South East Guinea from Ebola, a highly-contagious virus. Ebola soon spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak is the world’s deadliest to date. WAYout works with some of the most vulnerable groups in Sierra Leone – street youth and disadvantaged young people- and they have come together and want to record a song and make a video to raise awareness about Ebola, how it spreads and how to protect yourself.

The song and video will carry all this important information to encourage people to seek treatment if they are infected and help keep others safe and halt the spread.

WAYout can cover the costs of writing and recording the song and making the video, but they are trying to raise £1500 to help with distributing the track onto local television and radio stations and pressing DVDs. The campaign period is short because of the urgency of the situation.

For more information goto the campaign IndieGogo page here