Love Syria @ Bestival


At this year’s Bestival, held, as always on the Isle of Wight, we worked with Oxfam's creative team to stage a 16 foot scribe illustrating people's support for the Love Syria campaign. 

Over the summer Oxfam volunteers have been asking people to show their love and solidarity for Syrian people at eighteen UK festivals. The campaign has engaged over 40,000 people, who have pledged their support by sharing a heart hand symbol (you know, Gareth Bale’s thing) or signing the petition for more aid and peace. 

It was a real honour to be asked to help wrap up what has been a summer of hard campaigning by Oxfam. Having spent some time in Syria, it was particularly rewarding for Matt, who also got to show off his beautiful Arabic writing on the wall! He was joined by Jess, and pair of them did an amazing job… and even got to catch a few bands while giving their drawing arms a well deserved rest. 

The scribe tells the story of the refugee crisis, and summarises the thousands of voices of support gathered over the festival season. It will be visible at the petition hand-in - an emotional moment in the campaign to campaigners and supporters alike - and later presented to Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP by campaign staff and volunteers. 

Campaign Project Manager, Suzanne Saunter, said “We're so pleased with the artwork from Scriberia, it illustrates our campaign perfectly. Many people have stopped to read it, ask questions, and take photos, and it will provide an excellent talking point in our Syria meeting with Alistair Burt MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) this October”.