Survivors of the 2004 Tsunami Brought Together…in Pop Videos

Survivors of the 2004 Tsunami Brought Pop Videos

On December 26 2004, the Asian tsunami devastated communities across the regions of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India.

Following the disaster, Indian record label Earthsync developed the Laya Project, working with musicians across the six shores to record the folk songs and lives of these resilient people. The result is Laya Project: The Film, a personal and collective tribute to the tsunami survivors and a musical journey which crosses borders.

Screening at mac on Tuesday 25 March, Laya Project: The Film was recorded almost entirely on location and is much like a series of music videos with amazing imagery, coming together to tell the story of the human spirit.

Earthsync travelled across the six affected countries to make the film, taking film and sound equipment through the lush Sri Lankan forest regions, across Patong Beach in the island of Phuket and into the tropical hills outside Banda Aceh.

They found music influenced from Buddhism, East Africa and the Middle East, and intriguing instruments including a beautiful ornate harp in Myanmar, ungklung in Thailand and Suling in Indonesia.

At the Indonesian Gayo village of Takengon, the villagers performed the Didong, which is a popular Gayo performance of vocals and body percussion.

In India Earthsync gate-crashed a three-night folk festival of drums, singing and dancing which takes place in the month of October by folk musicians who come from different villages around the area. The car with the seats pulled out became a mobile studio, with the recording units powered by spare car batteries.

The resulting footage from this adventure was taken back to the studio and edited into film which enhances the original recordings, bringing out the essence of the countries and people.

Laya Project: The Film has gone on to win international acclaim, including being named Winner of the Best Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival 2007.

There will be a post-screening discuss with Yotam Agam from director/producer, Earthsync.


Tuesday 25 March, 8pm
sampad and mac present
Laya Project: The Film
Venue: Cinema, mac
Tickets: £4.25, £3.25 concs
Ticket Office: 0121 440 3838 or online at


Notes to Editors:

1. Visitors can contact mac’s Ticket Office on 0121 440 3838 or visit for more information.

2. Since 1990, sampad has been a leading cultural organisation that has helped to establish South Asian arts within mainstream culture in Birmingham and across the U.K. Through production, promotion, performances, advocacy, education and outreach activity using the diverse artforms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, sampad nurtures and supports British Asian Arts and communities.

3. Work on mac and sampad’s £13.6million building project will begin in spring 2008 with the newly refurbished, and much improved, arts centre re-opening in autumn 2009. Jointly funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and a mac and sampad fundraising campaign, the development will dramatically improve physical access creating a more effective and efficient arts centre. For more information on the building project and how to support the fundraising campaign, visit or contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of the mac and sampad building project, on 07779 026720.

For more information and high resolution images please contact:

Helen at Helen Stallard Communications
T: 01684 594376
M: 0774 033 9604

sampad South Asian Arts
T: 0121 446 4312

T: 0121 440 3838

Region: All
Start Date: 25/03/2008
End Date: 25/03/2008
Start Time: 8pm
Venue: Cinema, mac
Venue Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Press Tickets: Available
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Name: Helen Stallard
Phone: 01684594376