Water, Land, Life: Celebrating the true treasures of Cajamarca


26th March 2018


26th March 2018






Balabam Restaurant and Bar, 58-60 High Road, London, N15 6JU
Join inspiring visitors from Colombia to celebrate the courage and creativity of Cajamarca- the Colombian municipality that stopped a mega mine and is pioneering alternatives to extractivism- with a night of storytelling, music and food!

Tickets are FREE but limited, so please RSVP via Eventbrite.

After a campaign of over 10 years, on March 26th 2017, the people of Cajamarca voted with a 98% majority to say NO to AngloGold Ashanti’s “La Colosa” gold mine. This victory has helped inspire a nation-wide, grassroots movement defending land, water and life, with 54 municipalities now bringing forward their own popular consultations and 9 victories already secured.

Cajamarca is also helping answer the question ‘no to mining, then what?‘. Our visitors will tell us how the people of Cajamarca are  building a prosperous future based on the true treasures of the land- abundant water, natural beauty and small-scale agriculture.

We will hear from:

Mariana Gomez Soto, Colombian environmental and human rights campaigner deeply involved in organising successful popular consultations in Colombia, and Latin America Regional Coordinator for the Yes to Life, No to Minign Network.

Ricardo de la Pava, ethno-botanical expert and coordinator of Crepes & Waffles Sustainability Team, working alongside peasant farmers in Cajamarca and across Colombia to strengthen agroecological practices.

Felipe Macia, Director of Sustainability at Crepes & Waffles, one of Colombia’s biggest family restaurant businesses, which is starting new relationships with food growers in the region.

And Rommel Durán Castellanos, Human Rights Lawyer and President of the People’s Legal Team, who is supporting communities across Colombia to defend human rights and democracy.

Featuring world music, talks from our visitors and plenty of time to relax and discuss, this event will be a chance to celebrate and strengthen bonds of Colombia-UK solidarity one year on from the popular consultation.

Book your free tickets here.

This event is being organised by The Gaia Foundation, Comite Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network, Yes to Life, No to Mining, War on Want, Colombia Caravana and ABColombia, with support from Sahara.