An egalitarian youth movement is set to hold their inaugural event at Brighton’s Synergy Centre this weekend, in a tough stance against inequality.
Pre-Qual (preventing inequality) take to the streets from 12-2pm on Sun 18 Sept for an Equality Protest march, followed by a hip-hop & poetry showcase from 2-11pm at the multimedia centre on West Street.
Founder Leon Tierney set up Pre-Qual this year, in response to the recent murders of Philandro Castle and Alton Sterling in America. With a mission to reach out to young people, students and ethnic minorities in Brighton & Hove, the movement aims to dispel discrimination and inequality on as wide a scale as possible by providing a narrative on the inequality experienced by millions globally.
The march is open to the public, and is due to start at the Old Steine at midday, before heading west along the seafront, up Preston Street, back past Churchill Square and down North Street to the Old Steine and then heading back along the seafront. Protesters will arrive at the Synergy Centre on Middle Street just in time for the spoken word showcase, organised in partnership with SlipJam.
At the Synergy Centre, a line up of local MCs, bands and poets will perform a free event to spread Pre-Qual’s message of equality – whether it be in the wage gap, gender and racial inequality, or religious stigma.
Performers in the showcase range from well-established local figures such as Normanton Street to up-and-coming talent Phonetic & Dolly Levack, with more to be announced. The event will be completely free, with a ‘dry bar’ serving soft drinks – however anyone wishing to BYOB can do so for just a £3 corkage fee.
The Pre-Qual Equality March will take place on 18th September, starting at the Old Steine at 12pm and finishing at the Synergy Centre on Middle Street for the SlipJam Showcase, free of entry or a £3 corkage fee to BYOB. To find out more and RSVP, go here.
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