Collect donations, inspire people through activities and raise awareness on the global issue of water - these are the aims of the WATER DAYS 2011.
The international Water Day Festival is taking place for the third time. This year from 11 to 22 November in Switzerland, Germany and also Barcelona.
The festival programme already includes over 70 cultural events, a mulit-city football tournament and many other charming activities. The special feature: each programme is organised and implemented by the regional voluntary water cells (our local activists).
In Hamburg, the birth place of Viva con Agua, artists such as DJ MAD & JONNY BLAZER, IRIE revolt, TOBI SCHLEGL, TYREE COOPER, Marbert Rocel, LILA BUNGALOW SESSION VICTIM, THE BOYS (Deicide), LILA BUNGALOW Maeck, PUSH THE BUTTON, Umse, PENTA-TONIC, EMMA6, Fatih Akin (patron of DUNK4WATER & SOUL), and many more, support the WATER DAYS. The events in Hamburg are produced in close collaboration with the WASH SOCIAL ART FESTIVAL and many creative artists, party series and locations of the city. Other acts who take part in the international WATER DAYS are for example NOVOCHILD (Barcelona), OHRBOOTEN (Stuttgart), IRA ATARI (Heidelberg) and Elke Heidenreich(Cologne).
Concerts, parties, readings, poetry slams and art on the topic of water - and that in 24 cities in over 100 locations. In addition, the WATER DAYS in November 2011 offer many small activities, such as flash mobs related to WASH (Water Sanitation Hygiene), donating/collecting cup deposits at gigs of high profile bands like Bonaparte and FRISKA VIJOR. Selected educational events and the urban multi-city KICK IT LIKE WATER CUP SOCCER generate donations and enable the participants to help shape the Viva con Agua WATER DAY, while also highlighting the issues surrounding water and access to it. In addition to funding a project of our cooperational partner Welthungerhilfe in Ethiopia; all activities focus on providing a platform to engage the public to celebrat clean water by dancing, playing football and giving each person the chance to become active in the relaxed environment of a family-like network and appply their own strength and abilities.
This year, Viva con Agua works again together with its broad network of cultural activists, artists and other initiatives in each of the WATER DAYS cities - and these are the results:
AUDIOPRANA, CALI AGENTS, BEFEW, THE BOYS (Deichkind), DJ MAD & JONNY BLAZER, DENYO,ELKE HEIDENREICH, EMMA6, FATIH AKIN, FLY MIC, GUAIA GUAIA, HICKUP, IRA ATARI, IRIE RÉVOLTÉS, LILA BUNGALOW, JONA:S, MAECKES & PLAN B, MARBERT ROCEL, MAX MUTZKE, NOSLIW, NUMB:RA, PENTA-TONIC, RYO LIEST, TOBI SCHLEGL, TYREE COOPER, SESSION VICTIM, LILA BUNGALOW, MAECKES, NOVOCHILD, OHRBOOTEN, PUSH THE BUTTON, UMSE, ZOE LEELA and many more.
Events, concerts, cultural frameworks for clean water - what does that mean exactly?
The answer: All donations generated by the WATER DAYS 2011 in Germany go to the Ethiopia project of Welthungerhilfe, which is supported by Viva con Agua. It is set in the Amhara region and addresses water and sanitation in rural areas.
All donations of Water Days 2011 in Switzerland go to a water and hygiene project in Helvetas, Guatemala. In addition to the rehabilitation of the sanitation infrastructure in schools, a comprehensive educational campaign on topics related to water, latrines and waste will help people to understand the links. Around 470 school children and their families will benefit from this project.
All donations of the Water Days 2011 in Spain will go to the Viva con Agua supported project by partner organisation Acción contra el Hambre in Bolivia, which is located in the region, "El Gran Chaco." This area of Bolivia is particularly hard hit by climate change and the associated increase in water evaporation, which leads to a higher water deficit each year.
The 50,000 strong Guarani community live in a very harsh environment, which is the result of a long history of social exclusion, which the consequence that many families and entire communities have up until this decade have been living in semi-slavery and exploitation.
The aim of the project: To improve the supply of clean water and access to basic sanitation, through sustainable management of natural resources and with the participation of the community. This project will help at least 150 families in Guarani communities and thus reduce the high mortality rates from diarrheal diseases and parasitic diseases, especially children.
We are looking forward the WATER DAYS and to you!