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Get Up! Love a Forest Fest at W2 Media Cafe

Join a mix of Vancouver's best Latin-inspired musicians and DJs to raise awareness of the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest and its environmental impact.

Get Up! Love a Forest Fest  is an event to raise awareness about the controversial construction of the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.

The live music event will take place on Friday January 6, 2012 at W2 Media Café from 7pm - 3:30 am.

In addition to guest speakers and live musicians, the show will be live-streamed to Brazilian environmental group Movimento Gota D’Agua (Drop of Water Movement), which collected 1.4 million signatures in less than a week in their petition to halt the Belo Monte Dam project.  

Though Brazilian judge Carlos Castro Martins initially issued an order halting construction work in the Belo Monte Dam, his quick reversal generates damaging effects which imposes upon the natural flow of the Xingu river.

Photo courtesy of BBC News

Construction work would affect local fish stocks and displace indigenous people who rely on fishing as their livelihood. 

According to the Brazilian government, this project is meant to help the country meet growing energy needsThe environmental impact of the dam, however, will be devastating -- the dam will flood an area of 668 square kilometres and directly displace 20 000-40 000 local and indigenous people. 

Local musicians and electronic music producers and DJs will make this event a night to remember as environment and humanitarian issues connect with great music.

Tickets will be $10 advance before 8 p.m. and $15 after 8 p.m.

For more information regarding this event, see the Get Up! Love a Forest Fest website. 

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