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WorldFest 2013

Live music, activities for children, forum about food sovereignty food and drinks from Palestine, Eritrea and Sudan, and Fair Trade products from Africa, Latin America and Asia will take centre stage in this year’s edition of the annual fair trade festival WorldFest on Sunday 25th May between 10.00 am and 10.30 pm at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. This year’s WorldFest will host the March Against Monsanto Activity which is being organized by a coalition of NGOs and will also celebrate the World African Day which is being organized by the Migrant Network for Equality.

Food Sovereignty


The forum will take place at 11.40 pm, and will focus on voicing concerns about the food dominance by Monsanto; the world’s biggest producer of Genetically Modified seeds and agrochemicals. For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favouritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. In particular recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds. Monsanto's GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world's bee population.

WorldFest


Throughout the day, there will be Fair Trade food, drink, handicrafts, artisan products, toys, jewelry, CDs, musical instruments, books, ornaments, masks, pottery, carpets, clothes and textiles from Latin America, Africa and South Asia. Between 1pm and 5pm there will be activities for children and at 6.00pm we will be serving food from Palestine, Sudan and Eritrea.

At 7.30pm we will launch our World African Day Concern which is being organized by the Migrants’ Network for Equality. Featuring will include:

  • Spanish singer Carmen,

  • Leigh Holmes and Friends,

    Dumtak,

Entrance to the festival and all events (including the evening concert) is free, and a warm and friendly atmosphere is guaranteed.

For further information contact:

Joelle Mifsud Taliana: 99381988 (joelle@l-arka.org)


Cristina Martinez Collado: 79278624 (cristina.martinez.collado@l-arka.org)

This event is being funded with the help and support of the Youth in Action Programme, Action 1.2 in the 'Fair Trade in Schools Project'.

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