M.I.A. is giving away money at Roskilde Festival
M.I.A., playing this year’s Roskilde Festival, has chosen the Tamil people as the recipients of a donation of 250,000 US dollars from The Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

Last night M.I.A. stepped onto Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival. But the revolutionary pop icon’s involvement in Roskilde Festival does not end there. M.I.A. has agreed to hand-pick a project to which The Roskilde Festival Charity Society will donate 250,000 US dollars.

Mathangi ”Maya” Arulpragasam, her civilian name, is the daughter of a political activist from Sri Lanka. She has therefore chosen to give the donation to the Tamil people who have suffered immensely during the 25-year-long civil war in the homeland.

M.I.A. is happy that she can help the poor and tormented people from the island kingdom.


“I want to thank Roskilde Festival   Copenhagen for the brave gesture of donating $250, 000 to bringing help and justice to the Tamil people.  Apart from the money, the acknowledgment of the injustice suffered by the Tamil people itself is impressive and huge for me.

I want to donate the money to Tamil victims and witnesses of war crimes and a systematic genocide it must be for their legal rights and justice. Many of the recent refugees will be important witnesses to what happened. We need to be able to use the money also for advocacy for the rights of these people.”


About The Roskilde Festival Charity Society

The Roskilde Festival Charity Society is the organiser of Roskilde Festival. All profits from Roskilde Festival are donated to charity work. The society’s work is politically independent and has no geographical boarders.


See you at Roskilde Festival 30 June - 3 July 2011. Warm-up 26 - 29 June.
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