Oxfam Ireland has long been associated with great music thanks to Oxjam, a movement that is creating a song and dance to fight poverty and celebrates local music that makes a global impact by raising awareness for Oxfam’s life-saving work worldwide.
Over the years, Oxjam has been present at music festivals across the country, from Belsonic in Belfast to Electric Picnic in Meath, as well as at gigs, music venues, Oxfam shops and even town halls.
Oxjam showcases home-grown acts while raising money for Oxfam’s work from emergency response in places like Syria and South Sudan to long-term development projects that help people lift themselves out of poverty and campaigning that raises the voice of the vulnerable.
The Oxjam stage, in its many forms, has showcased some of the most talented up-and-coming artists as well as some well-known acts, including The Frames, Hozier, Kodaline, Paulo Nutini, Lisa Hannigan and many more.
The history of Oxjam
Oxjam began in Ireland in 2007 with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the country, all united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and injustice around the world.
Eight years later and it is still going strong, with gigs taking place all over Ireland during the month of October and an annual appearance at Ireland’s biggest music festival, Electric Picnic Festival, with the Oxjam tent, as well as at other festivals and events throughout the summer.
As a grassroots music project where everyone – from acts to organisers – volunteers their time for Oxfam, Oxjam is made possible by the generosity of musicians, promoters, volunteers and supporters.