17 August 2019
The Social Forum presents its line-up this Saturday 17th August in defence of the planet and invites a collective reflection about the necessity to contribute, to the extent of our possibilities, the search for solutions to environmental problems.
Tatiana Nuño, the head of the campaign for Energy and Climate Change for Greenpeace in Spain, along with Grian A. Cutanda, coordinator Training and Dissemination for Extinction Rebellion Spain, will be the first to raise their voices to address the challenges posed by climate change.
In the same way, on this first day at the Forum, the documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ will be projected. It is directed by Jeff Orlowski who, aside from being nominated for an Oscar, among other awards, in 2012 also received the Sundance Film Festival Prize and the Satellite Prize for Best Documentary.
This Friday, the musical side of things will feature the versatile, eclectic and unstoppable dancehall of Busy Signal. He is one of the most multifaceted artists, who come back to the Main Stage 5 years after his last visit to Benicàssim, offering a resounding and energetic show.
Alongside him, as well as the performances from Emeterians from Madrid and Sevana, from Jamaica, the Main Stage of the festival will feel the vibrations with another of the special shows that form the line-up of this 26th edition; Babylon Soundtrack. It is a special show that the British Brinsley Forde (ex vocalist of Aswad) and the guitarist and producer, Barbados Dennis Bovell (ex Matumbi) from Barbados, will bring to the festival. They will reunite and play out the top hits from both groups, as well as create the soundtrack of ‘Babylon’; the film directed by Franco Rosso, and featured Forde in the lead role, which has become a classic of reggae cinema.
The Reggae University will also echo this special show during the afternoon. As well as projecting the film, this area will hold a debate entitled ‘Warrior Charge. The Music and Imagery of Babylon’, which will feature Forde, Bovell and Martin Stellman, co-scriptwriter of the film. They will analyse the work and what it has meant from different perspectives.
We will also connect with our African roots on this second day in one of our most versatile spaces: the Africa Village. On the one hand, in terms of musical offering, the N’Zinga party and the performance of Qwanqwa stand out. On the other hand, different afro-descendant collectives and African mentors will speak at Ataya, such as the writer and pro-human rights activist Mamadou Dia, the activist Sani Ladan, the journalist Lucia Mbomio and the writer Desirée Bela-Lobedde. This new space seeks to consolidate itself as a place of dialogue and reflection, to speak about online activism in the debate titled ‘We will occupy the net’.
Finally, turning to the offering for families, Rototom Circus will kick off its programme with the show called ‘Cometa Circus’, arriving from Italy, in turn, in Magicomundo. Meanwhile in Pachamama, María Pena will invites us to connect with Mother Earth through Yoga, as well as workshops in yoga, sessions in Bio Developement Dance Therapy, those attending will have the opportunity to participate in the first talks and dedicated activities. This will comprise of a wine tasting of recovered local varieties and organically cultivated varieties, making fermented foods and advice for living without plastic.