Concert for Colombia
All profits will support the creation of the self-managed women’s cooperative (Waleker Wayùu) in La Guajira, Colombia, and will serve as the starting capital for their handcrafted production of traditional handbags that will be sold in Denmark, Chile and Italy.
This concert is an initiative organized by Emergency Architecture & Human Rights in collaboration with VerdensKulturCentret.
Doors open: 8pm
Concert starts: 9pm
What is Waleker Wayùu?
This event is a dancing party, however, the occasion is rather serious. Due to the impacts of climate change, violence and chronical institutional corruption, the indigenous community of Wayùu in Colombia is facing a critical humanitarian crisis. The expropriation of their territories for mining purposes, the lack of fresh drinkable water and proper quality infrastructures are threatening not only their cultural heritage but also their entire existence.
Due to the historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and Farc in 2016, Colombia has said no to violence and has embraced a new chapter of its history full of hope and new beginnings. The time has therefore never been more right to establish this project in support of the Wayùu community.
Emergency Architecture & Human Rights has in collaboration with the local community-based organization Apunaja Foundation established a long-term strategy for a socio economic development of the Wayùu community and a general improvement of their quality of life through architectural and infrastructural interventions.
First step of this strategy is called Waleker Wayùu, which means Wayùu women weavers. Waleker Wayùu is a self-managed women’s cooperative from the Wayùu community that will commercialize their handcrafted fair-trade handbags to an international market.
By establishing a solidarity fund within the cooperative, the revenue derived from the handbags will be destined to foster the socio economic development of the community in order to guarantee their access to water in time of scarcity, improve their quality of life and build resilience upon emergencies.