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The festival starts tomorrow!

The 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Universal Rights is being celebrated by a huge festival in Second Life, stating tomorrow, 10 Dec. More than 60 concerts over 6 days mark the 60 years and the talents of 100 artists and musicians are part of the celebration. More than 30 sims reflect the 30 articles of the UN Convention.

The festival is the first time a themed programme of events on this scale in Second Life has aimed at raising real life issues. It draws on the talents of artists, musicians and campaigners from many different countries including Argentina, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Some of SL’s best known musicians and artists are contributing to the festival, and there will be be talks, poetry slams and stand up comedy.

The UN Convention sets out the universal rights of all humanity, so the festival has a strong celebratory air. However as well as a celebration, the festival is also designed to raise rights that are breached – the right to free speech, a fair trial, shelter, rights of women and children to be free from violence etc.

The opening of the Festival will feature a live interview from Paris with Draxtor Despres, who has just been awarded a Every Human has Rights Award (congratulations, Draxtor!) for his machinima on the Guantanemo Bay build Gone Gitmo – Angel’s Nest at 8am SLT (4pm GMT) on 10 December. Then a concert by Jaynine Scarborough will launch the full programme of music with 12 concerts in the festival (including 3 at the Amnesty International sim) and other events around SL.

Organiser Any1 Gynoid said: ” We have an awesome array of SL’s finest talents backing the festival. Everyone says yes, they want to stand up for human rights. This is going to be a festival to remember! Woot!”Medora Chevalier, also from the organising team, said: “There is a new mood of optimism spreading around the world. We no longer need to be divided. We can act and campaign together, as humans caring about humans, sharing solutions, making change happen. The connections made in this world make ripples spread across the world to strengthen human rights.”

You can pick up the Festival Travel HUD (a clever wearable menu to navigate you through the various venues) from posters on display at Union Island or at Angel’s Nest, or many other supporting venues.

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