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WASH – the Social Art Festival

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WASH - the Social Art Festival - LogoWASH – the first Social Art Festival!

In connection with the Viva con Agua Wassertage 2011 the first social art festival with the topic WASH (Water Sanitation Hygiene) will take place from November 10th – 22nd 2011 in Hamburg / Germany.
The festival sets the topic WASH in a totally new and artistic concept: eleven international artists will be invited to an art camp and work on the topic WASH. The camp will take place in the creative cultural area called Schanzenviertel in the centre of Hamburg. During the ten days the art camp can be visited. In the nights public events will take place to gain more awareness to the WASH festival and camp. At the end of the week the art pieces will be presented in an exhibition and auctioned afterwards.

Artists from around the world can apply now until October 8th 2011 to take part in the WASH Camp. The WASH Jury consisting of credible representatives from the art scene like Alain Bieber (rebel:art), DAIM, Tasek, RKT one or JUST as well as several Partners of WASH elects 22 finalists. The 11 attendants will be finally selected via online voting from October 10th – 15th to take part at the camp in Hamburg.
Besides the camp, public events, workshops and several actions will take place to gain public attention and collect donations. Musicians like DJ Mad (Beginner), Tyree Cooper (Chicago/Berlin) and iconAclass (New Jersey) are supporting the Festival with their shows. The proceeds of the Festival go to the actual water project of Viva con Agua and the Welthungerhilfe in Etiopia.

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Worldwide more than 900 million people live without access to water, while over 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. The situation is demeaning to the dignity of those affected and progress towards improvements is slow; so slow, in fact, that the relevant Millennium Development Goal ranks amongst the most off-track.

Without having access to WASH, societies cannot break the vicious cycle of disease and poverty; more than half of hospital beds in Sub-Saharan Africa are occupied by patients suffering from sanitation and water related diseases. Lack of WASH causes high rates of infant and child mortality under the age of five; more than 4000 lives are lost per day, killing over five times more than HIV/AIDS and twice as many as malaria. The situation causes 194,000,000 lost school days per year and high rates of school drop-outs amongst girls when they reach puberty. Due to all of the above, a WHO survey shows that each dollar invested in WASH yields a return of between 3 and 34 Euros depending upon the region and country. Furthermore WASH-security helps to curb conflicts over limited resources like water and fertile land. Water, sanitation and hygiene is therefore a foundation for socio-economic development.

More Infos: washfestival.com