Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Oxjam takeover: Oxfam pledge to use Bury music festival in fight against poverty and famine

Oxjam takeover: Oxfam pledge to use Bury music festival in fight against poverty and famine

By Jess Owen

A music festival to fight against poverty and famine worldwide will arrive in Bury on Saturday as part of Oxfam’s pledge to raise money and awareness.

Like many towns across the country, Oxjam will be hosted in Bury as a ‘takeover’ which sees supporters ‘jam’ out in the name of charity as part of a nationwide music festival which has combined people's love of music with raising money for projects run by Oxfam.

During the month of October over 60 Takeovers across the UK will be hosting an event in their town or city.

The one day event will take place in three different venues: Blind Tiger, Flying Shuttle and Joqux O'th Rock.

The day will see local talent, Hot Fiction, The Rocket, JELA, Lovechild, Smashing Lads and singers such as John Roberts, Katie O'Malley, Sarah Dixon, jam onstage.

Having already hit their £1000 goal, Oxjam Bury are hoping to build on this goal substantially.

Prior to the takeover, the volunteers at Oxjam Bury organized a number of fundraising events.

They ran a Silent Art Auction at Bury Art Museum featuring donated original pieces of work from local and international artists, which were available for public auction.

More recently they used an empty retail unit in the Millgate Shopping Centre and held a family fun day with face painting, live music, a cake stall and giant Jenga.

The Oxjam team’s work will not finish when the takeover ends. 

Following the event next Saturday, Oxjam Bury will be holding a choir concert at Bury Parish Church which will feature Bury Community Choir and Inspire Community Voices to showcase a different side of music in Bury and explore a new kind of venue.

Founded in 2006, Oxjam has gained several celebrity supporters, including Fat Boy Slim, Hot Chip and Damon Albarn.  Oxjam events have contributed to emergency and development work has reach 15 million people in 55 countries.

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Image courtesy of Ben Geach via Flickr, with thanks.

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