Christmas awareness gig at Voodoo Belfast
STOP the Traffik South Belfast tonight brought together an array of talented
local artists, who wished to help equip people to fight against human
trafficking in the lead up to the New Year.
The festively decorated Voodoo, a lively hub for alternative live
music, welcomed more than one hundred people including four local
acts who helped form a great night of live music, with a twist.
The McBeth Sisters charmed the crowd with their sweet harmonies, and
were followed by In Their Thousands who added a little bit of folk-rock
to the mix. Connor Scott livened the crowd with some new material
before New Ancestors took the stage as the headlining act.
Between tunes the members of STOP THE TRAFFIK South Belfast spoke
about the signs to look out for in order to spot a victim of trafficking. The
crowd was encouraged to become everyday activists, through making
small changes. These changes begin as simply as only eating Fairtrade
and Rainforest Alliance certified chocolate – tiny changes to your
lifestyle are the first step to an even greater change.
STT South Belfast’s aim for the night was to “Make people aware of the
signs of trafficking, and in turn help them become everyday activists who
keep their eyes open in their community.”
The event helped to raise awareness, as well as funds for STT South
Belfast that will go towards further awareness projects. The creation and
distribution of an awareness leaflet is the main priority for the team in
the New Year, which will be funded by the money raised at the gig.
If this sort of things seems like something you’d be interested in – get
involved! We have eight traffik-free groups waiting for new people filled
with passion, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas. To find out more about these
groups email email@example.com.
STT South Belfast are one of these groups, they meet once a month in
the area to bounce ideas off each other, and become more aware of
what they can be doing to help stop human trafficking. If you’re around
the South Belfast area often and would like to get involved with this
team email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Facebook page
for more information facebook.com/StopTheTraffikSouthBelfast.
Words by Laura Scott, Photos by Luke Holmes