Elbow is joined by a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian and a group of refugees on Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury, in a moment a Ukrainian asylum seeker said they would “never forget”.
He sang his hit One Day Like This with Little Amal from Bury, Manchester, a rock band designed to highlight the plight of child asylum seekers – and a member of the Citizens of the World Choir, from more than 30 countries. K was a group of 50 singers. was established in 2015 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Following the tour of England this month, the 3.5 m (11 ft) tall Amal was swung around the stage before finishing the song, holding hands with elbow frontman Guy Garvey.
Ukrainian civilian singer Anna Vrizan of the World, originally from Mariupol, a city that continued to be heavily bombed during the Russian invasion, left her home country in early March, saying she was on the pyramid stage at Worth Farm. “Never Forget”.
“I can’t have words, I have feelings for crying and screaming – thank you so much for this experience, I’ll remember it forever,” the 28-year-old told the PA news agency.
Aref Hussaini is Afghan but grew up in Pakistan and is part of a community that has been persecuted by the Taliban.
The 23-year-old said after her performance: “I can’t believe what I’ve done and how far I’ve come with this choir.
“Until next year, as long as I’m (not) alive, I think I’ll show off about what I did today.”
After the final round of the song “Throw those curtains wide, one day a year like this will see me right”, a message was broadcast on the big screen on either side of the stage informing the World Choir, Which also performed on the Avalon stage on Sunday morning.
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The choir’s music director Becky Dale told PA, “We’re buzzing … we’re very grateful to Guy Pride and Elbow and Glastonbury.”
“It was wonderful to share the stage with Little Amal, she is breathtaking and it is incredible to think that she walked from Syria to the Glastonbury stage and we shared that incredibly special moment with her.”
Little Amal traveled from the Turkish-Syrian border to Manchester in July 2021, and this month began her New Steps New Friends tour, visiting 10 towns and cities across England to share the message: “About us do not forget.”
Festival-goer Gemma Cadman watched the performance with her family and said she hopes the “powerful message” will “raise awareness” about the issue.
“I thought it was absolutely fantastic … it’s a powerful message to bring to this huge crowd of people,” the 37-year-old told PA.
Asked whether the demonstration would have shared a message with the government on its policy of sending refugees to Rwanda, the insurance broker said: “I should hope.
“She shared the word with all the crowd and everyone is in the same mindset, I hope they listen.”
Her husband, Jamie Cadman, said: “Will they listen? It’s another story.”