Top names in Leisureland for Shine on Palestine


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Top names in Leisureland for Shine on Palestine Top names in Leisureland for Shine on Palestine

Shine on Palestine; the Alternative Eurovision is the title of a two-concert event that will take place in Leisureland and Ballymun’s Axis next Friday night, May 10.

Those taking part in the Galway gig include Sharon Shannon, Mundy, John Spillane, Róisín El Cherif, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Little John Nee, Tadhg Hickey, Sarah Clancy, Abood Aladham, Sharon Murphy, Emma Lohan, Martin Leahy, Aindrias de Staic and the Latchikos, Aziz Abushark, Steo Wall, The Accidental Rapper, Leen, Abdelfattah Abusrour, Armagh Rymners, Dina Abushmoud and Mikey Cullen. The MCs are Xnthony and Breda Larkin

It’s being presented by Apartheid-Free Arts and Irish Artists for Palestine, who describe themselves as “artists of conscience”.

They are organising this event “as an act of protest at Israel’s inclusion in the Eurovision, given that country’s attacks on innocent people in Gaza, which has, so far, resulted in the death of more than 34,535 Palestinians, while 77,704 more have been injured, according to the Gazan Health Ministry.

The organisers are also “calling on RTÉ and the Irish entry to withdraw from the competition”.

They describe the two concerts as “an alternative space to celebrate Palestinian cultural resistance, to raise money for Palestine and to reclaim the essence of what Eurovision can be”.

Funds raised through Shine on Palestine: The Alternative Eurovision will go to human rights, advocacy and aid organisations in Palestine: UNWRA, Psychosocial Counselling Centre for Women (PSCCW), Al Haq and Al Mezan and direct support to artists in Gaza.

The organisers are working in association with groups including the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), the Galway Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Kinvara Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Clare Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Strange Brew, PalFest, Belfast Arts For Palestine, Artists Against Genocide, Mothers Against Genocide and the People of Clare Against Genocide.

Shine On Palestine: the Alternative Eurovision will take place next Friday May 10, at 7.30 pm (Doors 6.45 pm) in Leisureland and Axis, Ballymun.

Tickets at €35, plus booking fee, at Donations can be made by going to and keying in Shine on Palestine.

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