Oxjam began in 2006, with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. 9 years on we’re still going strong, with hundreds of incredible gigs taking place each October.
The great thing about Oxjam is the diversity of the events on offer – from our multi-venue Takeover events, to sponsored busks on top of mountains – we’ve seen it all. Over the years we’ve gained several high profile celebrity supporters, including Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim, Damon Albarn, Hot Chip, 2manydjs and many more. But at its heart Oxjam is still a grassroots festival, with thousands of volunteers celebrating music in their local communities by organising their own gigs in support of Oxfam GB.
- Last year, Oxfam emergency and development work reached a staggering 15 million people in 55 countries!
- Since 2006 Oxjam has raised over £2.3 million for Oxfam.
Oxfam helps find poverty in three ways:Emergency response:
- People need help in an emergency – fast. We save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and we help people prepare for future crises.
Development work:Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support. Fighting poverty, we fund long-term work worldwide.
Campaigning for change: Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. Oxfam campaigns hard, putting pressure on leaders for real lasting change.