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Fair Play for All: Football, Children and Other Animals

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dpm is a Birmingham-based freelancer with experience of arts and lifestyle features.
Marathon festival day on your small screen
Actors, television personalities, politicians, musicians, poets and storytellers have come together for a ten-hour programme of free and online entertainment organised by local Amnesty International groups. Fair Play for All takes place on Saturday 15 May between 12noon and 10pm with a programme aiming to ensure something for everyone.

Organised by Amnesty International groups in Bournville, Central Birmingham, Wythall and Sutton Coldfield, the event forms part of the Amnesty International Central Region's Festival of Social Justice.

Highlights include award-winning actress Olivia Colman and Syrian refugee Steve Ali discussing human rights, Saturday afternoon sports with Aston Villa Football Club, poets Matt Windle, Casey Bailey and Spoz sharing their verse and Birmingham-born Call the Midwife actress Helen George performing the poetry of Elizabeth Arif-Fear who will also share thoughts on her moving work.


Also on the programme is music from South American, African, Arabic and English folk musicians, comedy with PixieVic and a discussion on Shakespeare and social justice with University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute Professor Ewan Fernie.

Ali Aarrass who spent 12 years unjustly incarcerated in a Moroccan jail and was an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience will share his experiences with audiences while former Northfield MP Richard Burden will discuss the human rights situation in Palestine and Steve McCabe MP will address injustice in Iran.

A dedicated children's programme between 2-3.30pm features poetry, storytelling, games and rhymes. And the event's finale features, two specially created dance pieces by Magdalen Gorringe and Sunny Marko-Bennett, the steel drums of Panmaestro and the Amnesty Youth Group performing with musicians Lucy Rose, Rae Morris, Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman, Bjorn Agren from Razorlight and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Organiser and Bournville Amnesty group member John Dolan said: "This event is packed full of amazing performers, interesting debates, activities for all ages and the chance for people to discover more about social justice.

"The Festival of Social Justice sees Amnesty International reaching out to bring human rights awareness to people in their own homes and to encourage more awareness of the important work its activists do every day to protect social justice around the world."

Register once to get access to the whole event for free! You can drop-in throughout the day:

For more on the Festival of Social Justice see

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Why? Hours of free online entertainment
When: Saturday 15 May 2021
Where: online
Cost: Free
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