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Waris Dirie Foundation fundraiser on International Women’s Day

Besi Besemar March 8, 2015

The Desert Flower Foundation are staging a fundraiser for the Waris Dirie Foundation (Desert Flower Foundation) on Sunday, March 8 (International Women’s Day) At Providence Palace (formerly Brighton Arts Club).

Waris Dirie
Waris Dirie

TO mark International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, the foundation are holding an all-day event to raise awareness and funds to help prevent violence against girls and women, specifically those affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

A talented team of female artists have donated their time and skills in the name of charity to provide a truly amazing eclectic range of performances.

This event is open to everyone but organisers warn some of the acts and subject matter during the day will be of a sensitive nature.

The main charity they are fundraising for is campaigning to put a stop to FGM worldwide.

Sunday March 8 at 2pm: The event will kick off with a screening of the Desert Flower film which tells the incredible story of Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) who escapes from the horrors of Somalia to work in London, where photographer, Timothy Spall and agent, Juliet Stevenson turn her into a top supermodel.

Sunday March 8 at 4pm: A showcase of very talented female performers including Poets, Musicians, Circus Performers, Burlesque, Bellyesque, Pole Dance and Contemporary.

Sunday March 8 at 7pm: Fire-lit procession leading to The Level Park just round the corner for an extravagant fire show including performers from Gypsy Disco Fire Brigade, Bohemian Ballroom, Elemental Circus and friends.

Sunday March 8 from 8pm – late: The venue transforms into a celebratory party night in honour of International Women’s Day full of dancey, boogie-licious tunes courtesy of Kris Dee’s BoomBox until late.

Artwork will be exhibited throughout the day, along with a bake sale, raffle and information stalls.

Waris Dirie, said: “FGM concerns us all. It is a crime that is being committed in many countries.”

“With my worldwide campaign I want to raise awareness of this cruel practice. I want to contribute all I can to make it possible to finally eradicate FGM worldwide.”

Event: Desert Flower Foundation fundraiser to raise money for FGM worldwide campaign

Where: Providence Palace (formerly Brighton Arts Club)

When: Sunday, March 8

Time: 2pm-11pm.

Cost: Tickets £3 available on the door.

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