Charity music festival Playing for Change Day will celebrate its fifth edition in Cala Llonga on September 22, thanks to the support of the town hall of Santa Eulalia and various sponsors, including Ibiza cultural guide ¿Qué hago hoy?
More than 35 music groups from all over Europe, including The Clarence Bekker Band, The Brand New Hippies, Hot Ice, Pedro El Chacho, The Ibango Tribe Live, Somosuno, Sequoia, Miko Weaver Band and Simply Broke, among others, will perform on one of the 4 stages at the festival in Cala Llonga to entertain residents and tourists of all ages. Playing for Change will also have an extensive entertainment program, with activities for the whole family in the playground area next to the promenade. As in previous editions, the festival will include a diverse choice of food and drinks, with more than 30 stands of all kinds located around the beach. There will also be a hippy market throughout the day.
The Playing For Change Day Foundation raises funds from around the world to support music education in developing countries through free music festivals, maintaining a positive community spirit, bringing together musicians, artists, businesses, volunteers and, of course, by allowing the public to enjoy days of more than 12 hours of live music, entertainment, children’s areas, street food stalls, hippie markets and many more activities.
This year, Playing For Change Day in Cala Llonga aims to exceed the 14,250€ raised in 2018. 15% of the profits will go to local children’s charities. The money raised in 2018 supported the work of the PFC Foundation and ASPANOB, the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of the Balearic Islands. Each year in the Balearic Islands more than 45 children are diagnosed with cancer and many require long stays in Mallorca’s hospital to receive treatment. With the money raised last year, televisions, refrigerators and washing machines were purchased for the hospital as well as accommodation for the families of ASPANOB’s children in Palma de Mallorca.
The funds raised will also help provide free music education in 11 countries. The foundation also helps with the basic needs of these economically vulnerable communities: primary education, supplies such as drinking water, electricity, food, medicines, clothing, books and business education. To date, the foundation has improved the lives of 16,000 children and community members through music and the activities it organises.