On 20 February 2016, hundred and fifty lanterns will create a ‘River of Light’ for one night event in the city of Gothenburg, in the winter darkness bringing people together to celebrate our hope for the future. We gather at 16.00 at Götaplatsen to light the lanterns. After that we walk trough the city and the procession ends at A-venue on Avenyn at 18.00 with soup and bread and festivities.
The procession is a part of the 150 years celebration of the Valand Academy and on UN World Day of Social Justice which is annually observed on February 20.
During the last couple of months has the refugee crisis become worse and worse and Sweden has taken in on third of all the unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden. They come to Sweden as it is a country with an excellent reputation for respecting Human Rights and recognized for the good education system. Migrationsverkets numbers shows us that there were 30 000 children without their family in Sweden by the end of 2015. The situation in Gothenburg is also getting worse, with to little room for the young people seeking a safe place to stay.
In the project “River of Lights” and artists from the Academy of Valand has worked with international children, many of them who just arrived from Syria and Afghanistan, and created lanterns together.