THE 3RD ANNUAL UNFUCK THE WORLD DAY – JUNE 13, 2015 STARTS IN
The 2nd Annual UTW Day on Saturday, June 7 2014 was a HUGE success!
This year, we had 14 events on 4 continents, in Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and the USA, including our flagship event at the UTW Headquarters in Los Angeles.
Everybody involved – organizers, performers, cause representatives and visitors – had a great time, enjoying fantastic live music and art performances while gathering donated items and raising money and awareness for local causes.
We would like to thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts for the endless energy and love that was put into these events and for making a difference, and we hope you all are as happy and as excited as we are and looking forward to UTW Day 2015!
We are currently sorting through the huge amount of photos and videos that are beginning to come in from all the UTW day events around the world…below are some of the first reports and pictures. Please check back soon for more!
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
The official UTW Day 2014 event at the UTW Headquarters in LOS ANGELES
This year’s UTW DAY event in L.A. was a day-long, zero-waste event open to all ages, featuring live performances on indoor and outdoor stages by bands, spoken word artists and DJs. Representatives of local groups and organizations that are taking positive action in Los Angeles were there to inspire and network with people who were looking for a way to make a positive impact in their communities. In addition, we had a raffle and silent auction featuring items that were donated to us by local businesses and artists, a live artist, food vendors and a tent where artists and a face painter offered fun activities for kids (and grown-ups), free chair massage and more …
For this year’s UTW Day L.A. location, we had chosen Fonogenic Studios, a state of the line recording studio owned by musicians and L.A. natives Rami Jaffee and Ran Pink, and we couldn’t be more happy with our choice. Super cool location with a wonderful house crew, helping us out in any possible way. Samon, Leah and Josh did everything they could to make this day the best possible experience ever for everyone involved!
The first volunteers came at 8:00 am to unload the truck and set up tents and tables, hang banners and string lights and put together the bar, ticket and merch displays. What an amazing group of people! Some of them were long time friends, others complete strangers who had responded to our calls for help on Facebook and VolunteerMatch. The vibe was amazing, and within a few hours, they turned an empty parking lot into a beautiful mini fair …
At 2:00 pm the first visitors started coming in, and many of them hung out all day, enjoying the beautiful California weather and great live music performances by bands from L.A. and the Bay Area while having an ice cool beer, or grabbing a bite from the Hungry Nomad Food Truck. Volunteers had their hands full with checking guest lists, selling tickets, helping with movings bands on and off stages, selling beer and wine, organizing the raffle and silent auction, overseeing the merch table and and and. What an amazing group of dedicated supporters we had! We can’t thank everyone enough. At 3:00 pm the first musical act hit the stage, and from then on, every 30 minutes, switching between inside and outside stages, a new band went on, so nobody had to stand around being bored, waiting for the next act to finish their soundcheck …. 🙂
Many visitors took the opportunity to learn about the good work being done by local non-profits (and some even got inspired to join them), like Laundry Love an initiative of JustOne in partnership with individuals, groups and local laundromats throughout the U.S. that helps to wash the clothes and bedding of individuals and families living in poverty.
Laundry Love were also this year’s chosen non-profit to benefit from the money that was raised through our raffle and silent auction.
Another local group that was represented at our event was L.A. Green Grounds who help establish edible gardens in areas that are part of the so-called food desert …
Unfuck The World Day was a day to make friends and get inspired, to realize that it’s easy to do good, and that no good action is too small!
Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets or bid on the items that were part of the silent auction we were able to raise the amount of $1,443.00 for charity!
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPONSORS
A big event like this doesn’t come for free, even for a non-profit… event insurance, liquor license, flyers, and and and … and we would never be able to pull this off without the generous support of our sponsors! Thank you to Out Of Frame for providing tents, tables, chairs and much more; CD Rollout for making the cool banners; Lenny Marvin’s for letting us borrow bar tables, umbrellas and benches; Mudhen Merch Co. for printing shirts for free; Green Set for string lights and green carpet; Hollywood Studio Gallery for framing the art for the silent auction at no charge!
The official UTW Day 2014 event in Olongapo City/Skipper Christian Beach, PHILIPPINES organized by Gershom Pertacorta
The Philippines joined us again for the second time to celebrate Unfuck The World Day with us. Melissa Flores and Gershom Pertacorta, with the help of their friends, organized an event on Skipper Christian Beach with a big outdoor stage featuring 12+ reggae bands, many of them all the way from Manila, who didn’t mind the three hour bus ride to Olongapo City …
Everybody was super excited, even the City of Olongapo, who supported Unfuck The World Day. Not only did they agree to provide the stage this year, they even had the Office Of Transportation deliver it to the beach, and they also donated a 55 kg bag of rice to help Gershom and Melissa with the overwhelming task of feeding the many musicians, artists and volunteers. We are happy to say that a percentage of the money raised by the UTW Headquarters in this year’s Indiegogo fundraising campaign was sent to Gershom to pay for the bus tickets for the bands and for some of the food! Thank you again to everybody who donated to us!
People camped out on Skipper Christian Beach to enjoy a day and a night of music and art installations that had been created over a few days leading up to the event by artists from Manila and Olongapo City, much to the delight of the many children who were there with their parents..
One of the most beautiful parts of UTW Day at Skipper Christian Beach was members of the indigenous tribe of the Aeta people, one of the first African natives of Asia, and the original inhabitants of the Philippines, joining the event. The Aeta people are a peaceful and non-violent indigenous people with their own traditions, customs, identity, and their own language called Sambal. They are suffering racial discrimination and receive little recognition and support from the government, and during the past fifty years they have lost much of their ancestral domain to land grabbers, loggers and mining operations backed by politicians and officials.
When Gershom went to visit with the Aeta people to tell them about Unfuck The World Day and what it is that we are trying to achieve, they right away expressed the wish to become part of the event. It took a few more conversations and Gershom had to figure out how to transport the Aeta people down to the beach – after all, they live in a remote area up the mountain from Olongapo City – but he made it happen! Not only did they come down to the beach, the Aeta also helped building the stage ….
…. became part of the art installations …. … and officially opened the event at 9:00 am on Saturday June 7 by performing some of their traditional dances. I can’t even begin to tell you how deeply touched and honored we here at the L.A. Headquarters are that the Aeta people were wiling to come down the mountain to participate in the celebrations of Unfuck The World Day 2014.
The official UTW Day 2014 event in VANCOUVER, WA, organized by Jamie Brebner
“We have secured Turtle Park at 7th and Main in downtown Vancouver as our location – a cement park that used to be the transit center… kinda poor but a perfect location to bring good vibes to … 🙂
We had a stage with live music headed up by Jeremiah Lehman, a staple in the downtown music scene, known for stripping down songs and singing them in a soulful bluesy way. Jeremiah invited some of his talented friends to join him for a phenomenal jam session. We had eight tents: • The Ally Coalition did a photo booth to raise awareness in support of LGBTQ equality • Jeanette Weaver, a craft artist, taught us how to make useable things out of what might otherwise be thrown away • Lovers Not Fighters, a pit bull rescue group, had a puppy kissing booth and gave out information on the breed and how to adopt or foster a safe pit.
• Birkenstock NW brought awareness to Souls4Soles, a group the collects shoes to be given to those without • Jenese and Elliott talked about how staying fit and active provides us with healthy minds, lower medical expenses and sets a positive example to our youth • John and Anna of the Forestry Center handed out Woodsy The Owl litter bags with stickers, tattoos and bookmarks for kids • Pretty Petal Henna did henna tattoos and talked about a non-profit set up to help terminally ill kids
Our café/pub, Brewed, gave away free drinks and popcorn, and we had a voting jar where people could vote for their favorite UTW organization represented at the park. The winning tent received $300 cash from Brewed for their cause.” – Jamie
The official UTW Day 2014 event in ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, organized by Valentijn Vogel
“On June the 7th Unfuck The World struck in Rotterdam! Throughout the day, people could donate money and canned food for the Voedselbank, swap clothes with other people (Kledingruil), eat and drink (the money people spent also went to the Voedselbank).
We served soup and bread, Korean sushi (Kimbap), beverages and sweets made by Allegaartje Catering Op Wielen (http://www.allegaartje-catering.nl/) And last but not least the music! ” – Valentijn
16:00 – 17:00 We Are So Contemporary https://www.youtube.com/
The official UTW Day 2014 event in HAGERSTOWN, MD, organized by Dwight Lewis
“Our event was about bringing people together to celebrate life, love and happiness! It was about providing a platform for people to do good in Hagerstown, and the world over. We started at 8:00 am by helping our local chapter of Habitat For Humanity, later through the day, we collected canned goods at the local Walmart and volunteered at a nursing home. Starting at 8:00 pm, we hosted a spoken word poetry event. Admission to the show was a pair of brand new socks to be donated to the REACH Center. We also had a raffle with items that were donated to us by local businesses; the money made from raffle ticket sales will go to a local group that organizes educational workshops for youths.” – Dwight
The official UTW Day 2014 event in SEATTLE, WA, organized by Jonny Smokes and Garth Hockersmith
Their event took place at Studio Seven with live music by:
Bullet in Your Head – RATM Tribute The People Now Jaded Mary The Adarna Rain Light Fade TerraNova Jonny wrote: “We raised money for several local charity organizations and shared great ideas and information for ways to help unfuck things in our world, both locally and globally. Every little action helps!” – Jonny
All ages were welcomed, and there was a bar upstairs for those 21+ with ID.
The official UTW Day 2014 event in LETHBRIDGE, CANADA, organized by Unified Vibe Productions (Daysha Salamon, DiAnna Kehoe, Taryn Berthelot, Jon Hunt, Julian Johnston)
Who: Unified Vibe Productions (DiAnna Kehoe, Daysha Salamon, Taryn Berthelot, Julian Johnston, Jon Hunt) What: Bowling rave fundraiser with local djs and out of town headliners When: June 7, 2014, 7pm – 2:30pm Where: Galaxy Bowl Why: To UNFUCK THE WORLD! Our charity: NOKA – Lethbridge No Kill Animal Association
Our Goal: We aimed to educate the attendees through info boards about littering, plastic water bottles, water consumption, cigarette butts, decomposition, recycling, and simple ways they can conserve resources.
Part of the event at the Galaxy was a silent auction of goods, services and art donated by businesses and members of the Lethbridge community. The contributors so far are: Josees Handmade Imports , The Jelly Bean Collection, Tegan Poitras – Artical Clothing, Shanna Lee – Nirvana Energy RMT, Stacey – Peak Physical Therapy RMT, Ferris – Peak Physical Therapy RMT, Sheri – Hair Care Company, Sherilyn Salamon – Passion Parties and Artist, Kim Offredi – Artist, Onion Bar and Grill, McCain Foods Coaldale, Sara Duban – Reiki Practitioner, Laura Baumann – Artisan. Proceeds from the Silent Auction went to NOKA. The whole event was streamed live starting at 7:00 pm local time so all the folks who weren’t able to make it in person could still watch some of the fun stuff going on at the Galaxy.
The official Unfuck The World Day 2014 event in Las Vegas, NV, organized by Joyce Sportsman
FREE ADMISSION! The event was free and open to all. 100% of donations and Unfuck The World t-shirt sales from 2014 UTW Day Las Vegas benefitted the local charity Veterans Village. KICK-OFF! Historic Las Vegas Bike Tour 9am-10:30am. Bring your own bike and enjoy the ride. Meet at 8:30am at intersection of Main Street and California, ride from 9am-10:30am to the park. CELEBRATE! Festival: 11am- 7pm- Stop by for the fun! Drop-in when you want. o Music/ DJs! Chill out with great music. o Splash Tent! Get wet, have fun! Kid-friendly area. Adults are welcome too. 🙂 o Drum Circle! Bring your own drum and a good vibe. No experience necessary. o Spoken Word! o Art! o Face Painting! o Food! Sinfully good hot dogs from Sin City Dogs! Vegan, gluten-free options available. GET INVOLVED! If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Joyce Sgro Sportsman to RSVP at 702-727-7182 or email joyce@therussellgroupnevad
The official Unfuck The World Day 2014 event in HAMBURG, GERMANY, organized by Patrick Naschlenas
Set in front of the scenic background of Europe’s third biggest harbor, the UTW Day party in HAMBURG, GERMANY took place for the second year on the beach at the river Elbe in Övelgönne. Admission was free, it was byob (Bring Dir Dein Bier Mit), some people played guitar, and heaven was on their side: UTW Day 2014 was one of the few sunny and hot days in usually windy and rainy Northern Germany!
The official Unfuck The World Day 2014 event in SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA, organized by Laura Peterson
Laura organized a “Monopoly Mayhem Party“! She wrote: “Come on out and join the fun! $10 will get you $500 Monopoly Money to use at the party. The goal is to be the person with the most Monopoly Money by 9:30 pm. That person will win a prize (to be announced). There will be all kinds of yard games set up to challenge your friends to increase your Monopoly Money. There will also be a fun poker table that will accept only your Monopoly money for wagers. You can also increase your Monopoly Money by giving your friends dares and challenges! (All must be legal and in good taste!). We will also have a 50/50 draw at the end of the party. (This will require cash to participate rather than the Monopoly money which will be good for everything else you can do at the party.) There will also be face painting, a coloring area, and clay modeling available for the younger children or even us big kids if that’s what we want to do! With any luck we will also have a performance of an original Unfuck The World song performed by some up and coming music artists in Swift Current and other musical entertainment is pending. All proceeds raised are being donated to Fresh Start who run the new youth homeless shelter in Swift Current …so come on out, bring your friends and what do you say we do a little something to Unfuck The World???” – Laura
UNFUCK THE WORLD DAY 2013 ROCKED LA!
The Los Angeles event at the Bootleg Theater – Well and truly rocked by Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars, feat. Rami Jaffee; Symmetry; Drew Imagination; Louden Swain; Mike the Poet; and Rob Tepper and Allison Scagliotti! Check out the video on ShockBoxTV!
UTW DAY 2013 IN MELBOURNE/TRARALGON, AUSTRALIA GETS RESULTS!
Our Australian partner Melissa talked with Beck, a foster mom with FFARL — Forever Friends Animal Rescue Latrobe about the organization’s mission to save animals, and how you can help.
Unfuck The World Day 2013
Thank you for joining us on June 8th, 2013 for the first annual Unfuck The World Day! Unfuck The World Day is dedicated to all the unfuckers of the world and the proactive actions they continue to take to make this world a better place. On Saturday, June 8th, 2013, we threw a day-long party with live music by international bands, art, spoken word performances, and introducing everyday people and groups and their outstanding positive projects, with the goal to spread awareness and inspire more people to take ACTION! Every event was filmed, and editors are now working on getting the footage ready for video-on-demand on YouTube. Participating cities were in EUROPE: London, UK; Reykjavik, Iceland and Hamburg, Germany; in the USA: Los Angeles, CA; Wausau, WI, Grapevine, TX; Makama, IL; Boise, ID; Charleston, SC; Henderson, NV; Grandview, MO and Bath, Maine; in ASIA: Subic Bay/Olongapo City, Philippines; in AUSTRALIA: Brisbane, Queensland and Traralgon/Melbourne, Victoria.
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
Unfuck The World Day 2013 in LOS ANGELES took place at the Bootleg Theater, the perfect location for our event. Five bands and a spoken word artist performed, and inspirational people like Sylvia Alvarado of Brian’s Orchard, Kat Green of Laundry Love, T’mun King of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Homeless Youth Center, Supun Edirisinghe of Monday Night Mission;Mike Shuttleworth of Fuck Cancer, filmmaker Michael Leoni and Michelle Kaufer, the producer of his documentary American Street Kid were invited to present their great causes and projects to the audience. They had traffic all night long, interested people stopped at their tables to talk to them, and we just heard that the first project resulting from this – a new Laundry Love project in Hollywood – is on its way. Awesome! That’s exactly what we hoped to achieve with the events on UTW Day: that people would meet, get to know each other, network and start projects, doing good in the hood! The house was packed from 7 pm on until long after Midnight, the line-up of bands and performers was truly amazing.
The night started with a captivating performance by actors and singer/song writers Rob Tepper and Allison Scagliotti, who played songs by legendary American folk artist Woody Guthrie.
Their performance was followed by an electrifying set by iconic L.A spoken word artist Mike The Poet.
At 9:30 pm, L.A. indie rockersLouden Swain took the main stage. The band is fronted by actor Rob Benedict; his fellow cast members of the tv show Supernatural were in the audience to cheer him on, and within minutes, the band’s high energy, infectious show brought the room to a boiling point.
Louden Swain’s set was followed by a performance of Hawaiian hip-hop/spoken words artist Drew Imagination, who showed true devotion to the cause by coming to L.A. on a Greyhound Bus just so he could be part of Unfuck The World Day. For two songs, Drew was also joined by guitarist RobNIN3. Drew quickly won over the audience, and we were thrilled to have him!
Jonny Kaplan and The Lazy Stars , feat. Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters) & Friends, took the stage around 10:30, spreading a peaceful vibe of love and happiness. For one song, bass player Jokin Sallaveria let another bass man take over: Wyzard of the legendary funk rock band Mother’s Finest joined the band on stage for a truly historic performance! We can’t wait to share the footage of their performance with you. It’s currently being edited; for now, we have a video taken with a cellphone …
Up and coming L.A. indie rock band Symmetry was the big surprise of the night. Their explosive set blew everyone away, and we hope to have them back at next year’s Unfuck The World Day’s event!
Also part of the program was a Silent Auction that included original pieces by L.A. artists Vincent Sabella and Vahe Berberian, two bass guitars, a book and a collectors pack, signed by Slash, and many other cool items. 100% of the money made from it plus 50% of proceeds from UTW merch sales – a total of $1,011.00 are going to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Homeless Youth Center. The events of the evening were captured on camera by filmmaker Michael Caradonna, and Matt and James of ShockBoxTV! did red carpet style interviews with band members, guests and with the two organizers of the event, Johnny Cornwell and UTW founder, Maike Both.
Wausau, WI, USA
Our team in WAUSAU, WI, USA organized an event for Unfuck The World Day 2013 at the Kruse In. Six bands, including the Frëe Agënts, The Antificials, and more performed, a free BBQ was served and the Women’s Community of Wausau and a Kickstart Program for a Fine Arts Center in Wausau benefitted from the proceeds.
SUBIC BAY/OLONGAPO CITY, THE PHILIPPINES
- Venue: Subic Halfmoon Beach Resort, RH5, Olongapo City, Central Luzon, Philippines (National Hwy, Olongapo City 2200) +63 47 222 3992- Map
- Benefitting: The planet! Our Philippines partners are organizing tree planting outings; contact them for more info on getting involved.
Located on the coast about 80 miles north of Manila, where our partners Gershom and Melissa from the non-profit organization Raggapo (“Saving The Youth Through Music”) organized a reggae concert at the Halfmoon Beach Resort in honor of Unfuck The World Day 2013. They had a couple of amazing pre-events to raise money for the concert, including an overnight nature trip and tree planting event.
The line-up of bands was impressive: Grass Roots; People’s Future; Kalookan Dub Kollektive; Herb Culture; Mental Freedom; MaryWanders; Sweetcancer; Smoke Bandits; Katribu-kolektib; DangerBoy; Herb’s Men & more took the stage that was set up on the beach at the resort, and over 300 people showed up to celebrate and to bring donations in form of tree seedlings! Video will be coming soon; for more info, please also check their Facebook Event Page
UTW Day 2013 in the UK took place as part of the Summer Sizzler at the Cargo, a venue in the heart of East LONDON‘s hip Shoreditch district. Names of bands and charities can be found on the FB event Page. Proceeds made from Unfuck The World t-shirt sales and from ticket sales benefit The Ocean Project and WaterAid.
- Venue: Övelgönne (near Strandperle), Altona 22605 Hamburg, Germany – Map
- Charity: Hinz & Kunzt, the Hamburg Street Magazin benefitting the homeless
Set in front of the scenic background of Europe’s third biggest harbor, the UTW Day party in HAMBURG, GERMANY took place on the beach at the river Elbe in Övelgönne. Everybody was invited to join, admission was free and it was byob (Bring Dir Dein Bier Mit). Heaven was on their side, Saturday was one of the few sunny and hot days in usually windy and rainy Northern Germany, perfect for a beach party. Everybody had a great time, people met old friends and made new ones and enjoyed performances by actresses Malin Steffen and Pia Koch, singer/song writer Bernd Müller and guitarist Christopher Dierks. (see video link on the right).
Proceeds from Unfuck The World t-shirt sales will go to Hinz & Kunzt, the Hamburg Street Magazin benefitting the homeless. Here is an article in the German paper Elbe Wochenblatt, talking about Unfuck The World
Our team in Reykjavik- Snaya Thorleifsdottir (Marketing & Promotion) , Irene Greenwood Povlsen (Music Liaison) and Augusta Einarsdottir (co-owner of Elf Films; Video Production) was recently joined by Sigtryggur Baldursson, drummer of Björk’s legendary band, the Sugarcubes, and internationally renowned Icelandic photographer Vera Palsdottir. Together, they produced an amazing video (see link on the right) including Icelandic musicians, celebrities and every day people who all have one common goal: to unfuck the world, shot on the street of Reykjavik where they have 20 hours of daylight each day in June.
The event in Brisbane took place at a private residence; they had a bbq and potluck, local bands performed and each guest brought three items to be donated to one of the following charities: Vinnies, SC Animal Refuge and Sea Shepherd. You can see a pre-party shout-out by party host Muzza (see link on the right), more videos will follow
To be more accurate, the location was in Traralgon, outside of Melbourne. Please check the video on the right, an interview between Melissa, who hosted the party, and the woman who runs the animal shelter that benefitted from the donations.
MORE LOCAL PARTIES AND EVENTS
In honor of Unfuck the World Day 2013, Amanda in MAKANDA, IL, USA, held a donation drive at her house, benefitting Food Not Bombs. There was music, food, and all were welcome.
Please visit Amanda’s Event Page on Facebook for more information.
Buddy and his wife in GRAPEVINE, TX, USA threw a party in their backyard, and their guests were asked to bring canned goods, clothing and toys to be donated to GRACE, an organization that provides assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance to self-
Kerm and Nicole in HENDERSON, NV, USA had a party in their backyard; the two organizations they will donate to are Vegas Roots Community Garden and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. In addition, they are also looking into various avenues in which they can volunteer their services throughout the summer!
HOST YOUR OWN UTW DAY PARTY
Why wait until Unfuck The World Day 2014? Every day can be Unfuck The World Day! If you would like to host an official Unfuck The World Party in your house or backyard, you still can. Please check this link for guidelines.
BANDS: SUBMIT A VIDEO!
In addition to all this, we are reaching out to bands and musicians around the globe; we are asking you to shoot a short video of you performing one of your songs and telling us what you dig about Unfuck The World. It would be great if the video showed where you are located, some architecture or landscape typical for your country. It needs to be of acceptable video and audio quality and max. 5 minutes/5 GB. We ask you to allow us to show the video on our YouTube channel exclusively for four weeks; after that, it will be all yours. Please send us the video via Dropbox, and make sure to include your contact info and links (band’s website, Bandcamp, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud etc.). For more information, please go here.
SPREAD THE WORD!
These are exciting times; help us spread the word, let’s show others that they are not alone! We have the power to turn things around! It’s in your hands. Take the next step, become an Unfucker!