Hope and Mic Night is held at the Kobir Nazrul Centre in Brick Lane, London. It is just one of the many charity fundraising events that Sulthana Begum and Salam Jones organize together the last Friday of every month. The concept of Hope and Mic Night is to invite the public to take the stage and perform/share their talents with the world while supporting a cause. It gives the public an opportunity to take full advantage of using their talents for doing good in the world.
On Friday, April 1, Hope and Mic Night was held in support of Acid Survivors Foundation Bangladesh. The hosts for the night, Shabina Begum and Soleha Khawar did a fabulous job combining humor with stage support for performers. Their introduction to each act and their conclusion with questions for the performer put him/her at ease on-stage.
“I thought the event went well, we had an eclectic mix of performers as always – performers of all ages and backgrounds which shows art or poetry transcends barriers to reach everyone,” said Sulthana Begum, Organizer.
There was everything from comedy, poetry, storytelling to singing.
Salaam Jones, though he was in Bangladesh raising awareness about Acid Survivors Foundations, was at the event in spirit. The attendees viewed a short video of his images and one of the hosts read Salaam´s message to all:
“…the reason you are all gathered here tonight is simply because in the year 2016, with so much progression and advancements in the world, both on a social as well as technological levels, we, as humans, cannot allow the phenomenon of a gender based crime such as acid attacks to continue, and as humans, must take a stance, unite and say ‘enough is enough!’ Although 1 in 7 survivors, are men, this is still very much a crime against our women, as well as humanity. We wont use the word ‘victim’ but opt for the term ‘survivor’ because despite the odds, that’s exactly what these people are, survivors….”
Everyone seemed moved by this message because the night was a success according to the organizers. Follow, support, attend and/or even perform at Hope n Mic Night in East London, which takes place every last Friday of the month.
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