As you know Louder Than War have been ardent supporters of the women in Pussy Riot (& their cause) since the start of the year & during that time we’ve drawn your attention to several fundraisers across the country including, amongst others, a couple in London & one on Manchester. Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has been heavily involved in helping to organise some of these events so it only seemed logical that her next move should be to get one off the ground in her home town. Details about this can be found in the press release below.

Pussy Riot Fundraiser
The Lanes,
Bristol,
Sunday 18th Nov 2012
Entry: £3 on the door.

Following the arrest of three members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot & the subsequent sentencing of two of them for the crime of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred” there have been outcries from many corners of the Western World, in particular from musicians & artists. There have already been a handful of fund / awareness raising events across the UK in support of Masha and Nadya & on Sunday 18th November @ The Lanes Bristol too will be hosting one, instigated by outspoken supporter & friend of the women, Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy.

The focus of the event will be live music with three artists lined up to play including local favourites Empty Pools (noise rock with teen dream melodies); newly Bristol based She Makes War (gloom-pop solo project of Laura Kidd) & part time Bristol resident Josie Ghost(ex King Blues, keyboard touting dynamo & self confessed “fun-sized gobshite”).

 

 

Apart from the three live bands there will be other activities including:

* A screening of a short film about Pussy Riot based on events in parliament & including clips of the women.
* Stalls
* Message / Letters read out.
* Talks
* DJ’s

 

More details about the event can be found on the Facebook event page or search twitter for the hashtag #pussyriotbristol.

 

 

 

To finish with a quote from Kerry talking about the women’s situation & the general need for protesters to be heard:

“We can’t give up the fight… We’ve absolutely got to keep up the pressure and keep on supporting — not just the three members of Pussy Riot in jail, but the other people who are part of the Pussy Riot collective, and everybody in Russia that is fighting against a system that doesn’t allow them to be themselves, doesn’t allow them to protest, and are fighting for their right to be heard.”

This article first appeared on Louder Than War on 13th November 2012.

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