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INSP Vendor Playlist: Freedom Odaro (Marie, Kennelbach, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. For Freedom, a Marie vendor, “an African beat makes me forget my worries”.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Kristijan Markovski (Lice v Lice, Skopje, Macedonia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. A song by a former Eurovision star “awakens beautiful memories” for Lice v Lice vendor Kristijan.

INSP Vendor Playlist: David and Svetlana (Liceulice, Belgrade, Serbia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Liculice vendors David and Svetlana offer two very different kinds of song for the playlist.

INSP Vendor Playlist: L’Itinéraire vendors on the reasons behind their song choices

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. A handful of L’Itinéraire vendors talk about their particularly festive choices for the #VendorPlaylist.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Georg Nacthmann (Kupfermuckn, Wels, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Kupfermuckn’s ‘George the Prince of Wels’ chose a song that chimes well with his attitude to daily life.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Piet de Vaan (Kralji Ulice, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Kralji Ulice’s Piet talks about why he chose Lost Frequencies’ ‘Reality’.

Heidi Honemann has always been the quiet type – Trott-War vendor talks about her childhood

As a child, Trott-War vendor Heidi Honemann considered herself the luckiest child in the world. She had a loving father and mother, and she was happy. She liked going into the garden, painting and doing arts and crafts and, during the holidays, she enjoyed visiting her grandmother in Lower Austria. However, her feeling of being lucky was challenged from a young age, when she realised how different her temperament was to that of other children.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Noel McCauley (Ireland’s Big Issue, Enniskillen, Ireland)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Ireland’s Big Issue vendor Noel has chosen a country song via a comedian.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Hus Forbi vendors talk about how music influences their lives

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Today, four Hus Forbi vendors give some insight into the songs they chose.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Jörg Peterson (Hinz&Kunzt, Hittfeld, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Hinz&Kunzt vendor Jörg wants to share the work of his favourite band, Unheilig, with the rest of the world.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Rudolph Boldi (FiftyFifty, Düsseldorf, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. FiftyFifty’s Rudolph enjoys music most while cooking.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Bernhard and Carlos (Faktum, Sweden)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Faktum vendors Bernhard and Carlos talk about their distinctive choices.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Alberto Ferro (Factor S, Montevideo, Uruguay)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Factor S vendor Alberto talks about the tune he chose.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Lothar and Linda (Draussenseiter, Cologne, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Draussenseiter vendors Lothar and Linda have very different ideas about the kind of music they find meaningful.

INSP Vendor Playlist: bodo vendors talk about their choices

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Nine bodo vendors contributed songs, and here they talk about some of the reasons behind their choices.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Toni Menacher (BISS, Munich, Germany)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. BISS vendor Toni dedicates this John Denver track to his late girlfriend.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Dave (Big Issue North, Manchester, UK)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Dave from Big Issue North dedicated this song to his heroic fellow vendors.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Lee Welham (The Big Issue, Cambridge, UK)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Big Issue vendor Lee stuck with a Christmas classic.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Hong-Wu Moon (The Big Issue Korea, Seoul, South Korea)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. The Big Issue Korea’s Hong-Wu Moon has gone for a traditional Korean folk tune.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Teruo Irishima (The Big Issue Japan, Osaka, Japan)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Teruo, who sells The Big Issue Japan, selects Japanese guitar maestro Masayoshi Takanaka.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Sue (The Big Issue, Melbourne, Australia)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Sue, who sells The Bis Issue Australia in Melbourne, chose the late Aretha Franklin’s rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.

Our vendors: Mauricio Rosas (Mi Valedor, Mexico City, Mexico)

Mauricio Rosas is a Mi Valedor vendor who has experienced both homelessness and addiction. He started experimenting with drugs and alcohol while he was a teenager and went on to rely on alcohol to feel better. It was when Rosas first went to the offices of Mi Valedor that he realised that he needed help. Now that Rosas has made positive changes in his life, he feels that he has been reborn and urges those in need of help to reach out for the support that they need.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Eduard Binder (Apropos, Salzburg, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Apropos vendor Eduard wants to give the gift of Bavarian yodelling this Christmas.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Luís Lázaro Silva Nascimento (Aurora da Rua, Salvador, Brazil)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Aurora da Rua vendor Luís talks about his choice, the traditional bloco-afro song ‘Revolta do Olodum’.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Street paper vendors on their favourite songs and what they mean to them

Each year, INSP puts together a hugely popular feature for the festive period that is focused on street paper vendors from around the world. Too often, vendors are reduced to the problems they face. While it’s important to confront the issues vulnerable people deal with daily, sometimes we can miss the little things that make us all, homeless or not, who we are. So, this year we asked something a little different of vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure.

Our vendors: Larmarques Smith (Denver Voice, Denver, Colorado, USA)

Larmarques Smith moved to Denver two years ago. Haunted by the death of his partner from an over-dose, Larmarques found it impossible to stay in Indiana, despite the fact that he had built a life for himself there. Living on the streets has been tough for him, as those around him have no knowledge of what he has been through. This is precisely what motivates Larmarques to reach out to others: he hopes to provide them with the sort of support that he himself is looking for.

Our vendors: Victoria (Big Issue North, Manchester, UK)

Victoria came to the UK from Romania a year ago and has been a Big Issue North vendor for around nine months. She wants to build a future for herself and her partner, Ionut, here in the UK and to find a stable job. Victoria enjoys her work as a Big Issue North vendor and is grateful for all of the support and help that she has had from her customers.

Our vendors: David K (The Big Issue Australia, Brisbane)

David K has been selling The Big Issue for over a decade from his pitch in Brisbane’s central business district. He started working as a vendor when his life was on an upswing, and things have only improved since then. David is the proud father of a daughter now in college and a keen street soccer player, and he wants to thank his customers for their support over the years.