Carling Weekend - Reading Festival 2005

26 August 2005 - 28 August 2005

Say 'Bollocks to Poverty' at Reading!

10 August 2005
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This controversial image of Tony Blair going hell for leather with a Sid Vicious sneer and George Bush gurning like a punk rock gorilla are part of charity ActionAid’s latest campaign, at this year's Reading Festival.

It’s time world leaders said "Bollocks to poverty"

International development charity ActionAid will be urging festival-goers at Reading to say “Bollocks to poverty” by delivering trade justice. They will be promoting the cause through the ActionAid Space tent at the event, where volunteers will be encouraging revellers to deliver this simple message to Blair and other world leaders.
This 1,500-capacity tent, at the entrance to the main arena, will offer festival goers a cocktail of playful campaigning, punked-up karaoke, chill-out DJ sets, and fun and games from 3pm till late.  Find out more and also purchase exclusive Bollocks to Poverty t-shirts at

The ‘Punked-up Premiers’ imagery (above), designed by artist Nick Purser, will feature on posters, post cards and a short film to raise awareness of unjust trade.

ActionAid youth campaigner Brendan O’Donnell said:
“The G8 meeting in Scotland made some small steps in fighting poverty, but did nothing to combat unfair trade.   Currently unfair trade rules rob poor countries of $45billion a year.
“The World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets in Hong Kong in December 2005. In the past its trade rules have been rigged in favour of rich countries and multinational companies.
“With these crucial talks on the horizon ActionAid is calling on Tony, George and the other world leaders to say: “Bollocks to Poverty” by delivering Trade Justice.”

The Reading Festival, taking place on August 26-28, is sold out but you could win a pair of VIP Tickets here!



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