This morning 4 activists, based at the ASBO Community Centre in Nottingham got on their bikes and set off for an epic journey to mainland Europe. The project 'Pedal Powered Clowns to Palestine' brings together performance, clowning, action and pedal power to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine as well as entertaining and supporting the Palestinian Community through play. In the last few months the group raised money through benefit events in Nottingham to fund their trip. The first leg of the journey will be by train to Hull and then onto the ferry to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Once in Europe a few dates have been planned to work with other groups and visit some social centres. From then on the route will lead North into Germany to the G8 summit in early June. The idea is to join the G8 protests and add a creative element to the planned actions. At the end of June the group will set course for Palestine.
Here are some photos of the groups departure. Of course some of it was last minute but all set of with a feel of excitement. When we arrived at the train station some of the transport bobbies showed interest in the trailers, which I thought would never make it onto the train, but after some chat with the conductor they were all boarded on...
For more info, see their website: http://www.pedalpoweredclowns.org/
Good luck pedal powered clowns and let us know what you get up to!