About the festival
Rüt’n'Rock Indoor Festival 2016
Charity event supporting aid projects in Ghana
|Date:||April 23rd, 2016|
|Schullendamm 6449716 MeppenGermany|
|Tickets:||EUR 14,80 (pre-selling), EUR 18,90 (box office)
EUR 7,90 (Aftershow-Ticket from 1 am)
|Line-up:||6 Bands plus Aftershow-Party|
|JESPER MUNK (GER)|
|Animal Antics (NL)|
|A Place to Fall (GER)|
The Rüt’n'Rock e.V. is a nonprofit association hosting music events for fund raising purposes. These funds are used for aid projects in Ghana, Africa. The projects are mutually organized with a local Partnership Committee and in close cooperation with an association from Haren (Ems), which has more than 30 years of experience regarding development of aid projects in Ghana. The emphasis is on a township of 64 villages called Kalba, which is situated in the economically weaker north of the country. During the last 10 years projects with a total value of more than 115,000 EUR have been financed. All previous aid projects are listed further below on this page.
Organizers and helpers are volunteers
The festival had its premiere in a village called »Rütenbrock«, which originated the term Rüt’n’Rock. It was started due to the team’s passion for music (at the beginning some of the organizers where even performing on stage themselves) and due to the idea of collecting money for a good cause. All members of the »RüRo«-Team, as well as the helpers working during the festival days are volunteers.
Further music events
From 2005 until 2013 the RüRo association has hosted an annual two-days open-air festival with up to 2,400 “Rüt’n'Rockers”. It took place in Haren, a small city in northern Germany, close to the Dutch border. The performing bands were partly local and partly nationally or internationally known acts, with some well-known former headliners like e.g. Sepultura from Brazil, Madball and Dog Eat Dog from the US, De Heideroosjes, Go Back To The Zoo and De Staat from the Netherlands or We Were Promised Jetpacks from the UK.
In 2013 the team announced to stop the open-air festival and to continue with an indoor event.
In addition to these festivals, the Rüt’n'Rock Christmas Gala takes place annually, on the 26th of December. The earnings of this concert are used to pre-finance the open air / indoor festivals.
The money raised by our events is used for aid projects in the partner township Kalba in the north of Ghana. The projects are decided in collaboration with a local association that has over 30 years experience with aid projects in Ghana. A vivid exchange with locals in Kalba as well as regular visits in the region ensures that the money is spend where it is needed the most.
The main focus of all projects is capacity building, to enable the locals to help themselves. Therefore the emphasis lies on education, while other important areas are medical as well as water supply. So far more than 115,000 EUR where invested in the projects listed below.
A school was build in the village Jochinyir and another one in the village Chechereyir was extended.
A damn was repaired in order to have access to water for fields and cattle during dry season. Close to the damn a garden was planted to teach pupils the cultivation of plants with minimal water usage.
Furthermore, the assistant teacher program was continuously financed.
Also the project from 2011 focused on education. A school was build and equipped in the village Chechiyiri and the assistant teacher program was furthermore financed.
A laboratory for urine and blood sampling, especially for malaria treatments, was equipped in the previously build hospital ward.
A library for English literature was build, which is the official language in Ghana, however not everyone is able to speak it.
In addition, mobile light stations where financed to provide light to remote villages and the assistant teacher program was furthermore financed.
The project of this year was focused on higher education. Pupils above the 9th grade as well as young nurses where financially supported to pay for their education. Furthermore, the assistant teacher program was continuously financed.
The hospital ward was extended and a motorbike for medical emergencies in the bush was financed.
Furthermore, a jatropha plantation was financed to harvest oil for the pump generator from the previous year’s project.
A water supply for the hospital ward in Kalba was established. It includes a pump, water pipe and generator. The generator also runs on oil made from the locally growing jatropha plant.
An assistant teacher program was supported. Young high-school graduates can work as school teachers to finance their studies and at the same time counteract the lack of teaching personnel in the region.
In addition, the school that was build in the previous year was equipped.
The first festival financed the construction of a school in the village Garkon, which was constructed together with member of the community.
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