UpRise Festival in £100,000 fundraising effort

Organisers of UpRise, the legacy of anti-racism festival Rise, are aiming to raise £100,000 by the end of the month to help fund the event.

UpRise Festival in £100,000 fundraising effort
UpRise Festival in £100,000 fundraising effort

Freya van Lessen and Mike Barnard are asking members of the public to help in their efforts by donating £1 each towards the Finsbury Park event.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson scrapped the original Rise Festival in 2009 due to a lack of funds.

Since then, the UpRise team has been working to create a new free music, arts and culture festival.
"We are passionate about keeping the memory of Rise alive through UpRise and we know that thousands of Londoners feel the same way. Although we are asking for a lot of money, if each of the 100,000 people who attended Rise Festival in 2008 donated just £1, we would reach our target," said Barnard.
"With the Mayor of London slashing funding for a series of cultural events, and a rise in publicity for far-right views, UpRise aims to display the true picture of London, which is that of a united, vibrant and diverse leading capital city. We want the festival to once again be a landmark event in London's calendar, as it was for the 14 years prior to its cancellation," he added.
Support for the one-day event has already been secured from a number of organisations that were previously involved in Rise, including the Trades Union Congress, which set up the original Rise Festival in 1996.

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