The Freedom From Torture society at Birmingham is an up and coming society doing fantastic things all in the name of freedom, liberty and human rights. The society is only in its second year and is a fundraising-based charitable society that seeks to help people from all walks of life that have suffered horrendously and seek asylum in this country. The society is the only UK-based student society that represents a charity at student level in the UK. It works closely with West Midlands Freedom From Torture charity and all money raised is donated to them.
When talking to some members of the society they said that they felt it was important to support the local centre. The society seeks to lift the stigma around people who are often dubbed ‘illegal immigrants’ and offer rehabilitation and counselling for the atrocities they have faced in their home countries.
Freedom From Torture are putting on a fantastic event on Wednesday the 4th of December to help raise money for their cause. The Festive Freedom Fringe is much more than your average student event; held at the beautiful canal side venue ‘The Flapper’ it’s set to be a fun-filled festive event! In the wake of last year’s Fringe, that raised £300, this year is set to be bigger and better. The event will include a whopping five hours of entertainment, with everything from music to comedy and spoken word. There will even be an opportunity to browse some Christmas stalls and pick up the odd Crimbo present! A lot is on offer for the entry fee of just £4 (or £5 on the door) and knowing your money is going to such a worthy cause will add to the warm feeling of festive cheer, no doubt helped by the great drinks available throughout the night!
The night will include varied and well-known acts, such as singer song-writer Emma Crowder, who has a loyal YouTube following and who recently supported Gabrielle Aplin on her November 5th gig at The Institute. If heartfelt acoustic melodies aren’t your thing then fear not as also appearing on the line up are Vexxen a ‘riff-based thrash metal band with injections of metal-core and dashes of progressive’. Or, if you fancy a bit of alternative rock, then Blank Parody might be more your thing. It’s clear to see the night has something to offer everyone, and there’s even a cheeky bit of spoken word and comedy thrown into the mix.
This is a brilliant charity and a fantastic event to kickstart the festive season. With a mulled cider, some good music, great company and the warm feeling that your money is going towards making a difference, don’t sit in this cold Wednesday night. Come along to Festive Freedom Fringe at The Flapper and support this fantastic society.
Tickets are available here for £4 http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/festive-freedom-fringe/10029021?ref=let_aft and a limited number will be available on the door.
Feel like this society is something you might be interested in? Well the society will be changing hands this February and they are looking for keen and enthusiastic students who feel they really want to make their voice heard and have an opportunity to really make a difference. Come along to Festive Freedom Fringe and all information will be available, as well as a chance to chat to existing members.
By Noemi Barranca