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Thirsty for Rototom

We're proud to share the last news we got from Rototom Sunsplash, which give us one more reason to join the festival, dance our heart out and enjoy a refreshing drink afterward...

Benicàssim (Spain) | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The international reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash of Benicàssim (Spain), through its cultural association Exodus, will focus this solidarity action on the NGO Proactiva Open Arms. The festival implements this action in support of different entities, organizations and projects social. From the 16th to the 22nd of August, all the proceeds obtained through the system of reusable cups to eliminate the consumption of plastic will go to this humanitarian rescue vessel whose mission it is to save the lives of the refugees who try to reach Europe by sea fleeing economic, social and political horrors.

Exodus is a non-profit organization that focuses its activity on the promotion of peace, social justice, and supports international cooperation and solidarity, the defence of human rights, respect for the environment, education and equality. Values ​​that are at the heart of the reggae festival and are the driving force behind the action, with which both the event and Exodus seek to guarantee through this solidarity project with the NGO supporting refugees. For its implementation, containers will be installed throughout the venue where the glasses can be deposited, so that the euro previously paid by them will not be replaced by a token to those who want to participate in this voluntary initiative and will serve to support the work of Proactiva Open Arms. Volunteer staff will inform the public about the project and the social cause that it is intended to support.

Photo : Proactive Open Arms

 "Dramatic situation in the Mediterranean" 
The refusal of several European countries a few days ago to receive two rescue vessels together with the obstacles faced by Proactiva Open Arms' own ship to attend to a thousand drifting migrants demonstrates, according to Exodus, "the dramatic situation that is on-going in the Mediterranean Sea", which it publicly denounces together with Rototom Sunsplash.

A reality that Exodus declares goes "against the history of the Mediterranean Sea, a place of contact and exchange between the north and the south of the world and, furthermore, the cradle of Mediterranean civilization". In their opinion, the Mediterranean must recover "its welcoming role that gives hope to people who want a better life" and in this regard they praise the availability declared by Barcelona to welcome in its port the next migrants on board the Proactiva Open Arms vessel. A gesture that follows the precedent of Valencia with the Aquarius, with 629 rescued people, which led to the Rototom Sunsplash offering its support through Exodus.

The festival will launch in two months the project to support Open Arms, while the more long-term lines of action with the migrants, that continue to arrive, will be specified depending on the needs of the administrations and organizations responsible for managing the reception process.

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