Crowdfunding initiative begun to bring Burmese punk band The Rebel Riot to the UK

Crowdfunding initiative begun to bring Burmese punk band The Rebel Riot to the UK.

The Rebel Riot is a punk band from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), formed in 2007 after the onset of the Saffron Revolution. In the past ten years they have captured the worlds attention with their outspoken music and put their ideals into action by feeding Burma’s homeless with their Food Not Bombs project. Now, for the first time, they are bringing their music and their message to the birthplace of punk.

‘In Burma , Punk Is Not a Game’

The Rebel Riot, and their friends in Yangon’s Common Street punk collective, has been using music to fight against injustice, poverty, harsh censorship laws, and violent government crackdowns. In a country where being punk is very much an act of rebellion, The Rebel Riot has given a voice to those who are angry, frustrated, and disenchanted with the injustice around them.

Despite the high media attention brought to this rebellious group, the group and their friends still live a subsistence existance, many living communally, trying to make a living collectively by printing their own t-shirts, tattooing and hair-dressing, all while organising to support people worse-off than themselves.

In an effort to support these punks and bring The Rebel Riot to a wider audience we are seeking funding to combine a UK tour of their raucous live show with screenings of the film My Buddha is Punk, the story of how Rebel Riot singer, Kyaw Kyaw, and his friends have been trying to spread the the message and the music of punk throughout Myanmar.

To do this we need to raise £5,000 to cover the cost of flights and tour expenses.

The global punk community has a strong DIY ethic, and this tour will come together through the support of volunteers across the UK. By donating to this project you will be helping to create the first ever tour of a Burmese punk band in the UK and help promote the life changing work of The Rebel Riot and the Common Street punk collective.

In the spirit of solidarity, every donor will get free entry to one of the UK shows.

Let’s make this happen!

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