Do you like music? Do you reject racism?
Zene a Rasszizmus Ellen - ZARE (Music Against Racism) is a Hungarian movement following the footsteps of British Rock Against Racism (RAR) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR).
The aim of the movement is to take a stand against dangerous extremist ideas such as racism. Using the language of music, we hope to join people and stand up together for the rights and equality of all people, and support tolerance.
British partner organisations
Rock Against Racism (RAR)
RAR was launched in 1976 as a response to the rise of the National Front - a violent racist political movement in UK. Bands associated with RAR in its early years included Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band and The Clash. RAR ran campaigns throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 2009 RAR organised a special and hugely successful concert in London's Victoria Park to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original large festival at the same venue back in 1979.
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR)
LMHR was founded in 2002 and is in many ways the heir to RAR. Bands associated with LMHR concerts and festivals include Kaiser Chiefs, Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon (The Clash), Babyshambles, Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child), Basement Jaxx, Jerry Dammers (The Specials), Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Estelle, The View, Kasabian, Ms Dynamite, Kano, Asian Dub Foundation, Belle & Sebastian, Antiflag, Hard-Fi. LMHR's largest recent project was a hugely successful concert in Stoke on Trent (NW England) which was attended by 20,000 music fans on 30 May - a tremendous expression of anti-racism in the run up to the EP elections.
Foundation of Subjective Values
The Hungarian co-ordinator of ZARE
The British Embassy has appointed Foundation of Subjective Values as the National Coordinator of the new music-based anti-racism campaign Zene a Rasszizmus Ellen (ZARE).
The appointment came after a strongly contested application process in which a number of individuals and organisations from Hungary's civil society put themselves forward as potential National Coordinators. This is evidence that there is strong interest in finding new ways to fight racist attitudes in Hungary.
Among the first tasks of the National Coordinator will be to build a network of music industry contacts and supporters across Hungary. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the National Coordinator through our website. News of more musical events and ZARE activities will soon follow.