A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

Pete Yen – WSO Interview #7

pete yen“This is a reminder in the aftermath of the election that there are good people out there.”

Pete Yen
Organiser, Lancaster

What event are you involved in?

Lancaster, 2-3 October. Yorkshire House (Friday pm); Atticus Books (Saturday afternoon); Robert Gillow/Lord Ashton (Sat pm)

I’ve zero musical talent, but I love music, and I love musicians, especially when they contribute to good and important causes. Have a bit of experiencing of organising and promoting arts events, so it made sense to me to try and stitch together various interested folks in the Lancaster area.

What made you want to get involved?

Several reasons really. First, a real burning desire to want to do something special and significant to try and help the community come together to get to know one another and collectively combat the cuts. Second, to want to be part of something bigger. WSO is great. I really like the idea of locally organised events under one banner rather than one event only.

What inspires you or makes you hopeful?

Strangers uniting together for common cause; seeing goodness shine through. WSO is a kind of therapy for some I am sure; a reminder in the aftermath of the election that there are good people out there

What are you most looking forward to about October 2-4?

The camaraderie, the sounds, the involvement of those normally involved with activism. All of that whilst knowing we’re doing something significant to help those in need both by direct fundraising but also by raising awareness.

Find out more about the Lancaster events 


Author: Matt Hill Songwriter

Storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana. Formerly known by the stage name Quiet Loner. Recent projects include a songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison.

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