Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

Re-imagining the festival online

Voices of Hope, Courage and Resilience

Friday 16 – Sunday 25 October 2020

10 Days of Arts and Human Rights Online

Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, ICCL, NWCI, & Trócaire will implement the 2020 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival to showcase and highlight the extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world, past and present, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today. The festival will run for ten days from Friday 16 October to Sunday 25 October 2020.

This year’s festival is moving online where we are creating a dedicated virtual space to share, celebrate, remember, explore, provoke and promote the arts for human rights. Join us as we bring together artists, activists, citizens, families, communities and all those interested in using the arts to celebrate and promote human rights and equality for all. The theme of this year’s festival is Voices of Hope, Courage and Resilience celebrating human rights and linking the arts to civil society, active citizenship and politics through a series of inter-disciplinary performances, film screenings, documentaries, theatre, music, dance, visual and digital art, poetry, literature, historical memory, discussions and arts-based workshops, featuring Irish and international artists and guest speakers celebrating and promoting dignity and respect for all people equally. 

The festival is presented by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty International Ireland, Fighting Words, Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and Trocaire. Creative partners include John Scott Dance, Poetry Ireland, dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, TheatreMaker.ie, Company SJ and Trinity College Dublin.

The artistic curator for the festival is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times and the human rights curator is Tara Madden, Front Line Defenders. Over ten days the festival brings audiences a mix of artworks that include the very best performances, vibrant dance acts, live music, visual art exhibitions and family fun combined with stimulating discussion and debate.  

An assortment of workshops in performance, music, and song-writing are available for all ages as a part of this unique and vibrant festival of culture, arts and equality. The festival is a collaborative partnership showcasing world-class programming and presenting new and diverse artists and acts, with something for everyone to enjoy.  Join us for a celebration of the arts and human rights – a festival not to be missed. The festival will bear witness and remember the past, explore the present and celebrate the future linked to equality and rights for all, highlighting the role artists can play in a new society.

Events taking place in week one include:

Artists Against Fascism: An Innovative multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance and discussion inspired by the stories of artists standing up to Fascism during and after the Spanish Civil War and WWII. Hosted by Smashing Times as a Facebook Live event, with the launch of, The Art of Courage – Stories of Artists and Activists against Fascism, a new book in digital format.

Emotional Landscapes: Visual Arts Exhibition with poetry, music, film and panel discussion inspired by artistic responses to well-being and the changing times we are living in.

EU 1979: A People’s Parliament – Democracy Human Rights and Women’s Political Participation: Virtual digital art exhibition featuring visual images, poetry, stories and a digital map with posters, articles and research inspired by the names and stories of 67 powerful women MEP’s elected to the 1979 first European parliamentary elections. Exhibition followed by panel discussion with guest speakers reflecting on democracy, human rights and Women’s Political Participation.

Fáilte Amnesty Autumn – Courage, Resilience and Hope: An interview hosted by Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland, with Miko Czerwinski, an LGBTI activist at the frontline working with Amnesty in Poland.

Events taking place in week two include:

Irish Women UN Special Rapporteurs: An exclusive interview with the three Irish Women advancing rights on the world stage as United Nations Special Rapporteurs; Mary Lawlor, Professor Siobhán Mullally, and Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, presented by Front Line Defenders. 

Know Your Right to Protest: Online training on the right to protest, hosted by The Irish Council For Civil Liberties, Ireland’s leading independent human rights NGO.

Arts and Human Rights Festivals Across Borders: Smashing Times and DAH Theatre, Serbia will hold a joint event happening simultaneously as part of the two Festivals in Ireland and in Serbia. 

FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The Face of Resistance 

Virtual Photographic Exhibition celebrating the courage and determination of those who have taken a stand against big business. 

Friday 16 October 2020, 9am – Running for duration of festival

Virtual Exhibition hosted by Trócaire

Open to the Public

Politics of Division versus Politics of Inclusion – Schools Performance and Discussion

Multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance and discussion.

Friday 16 October 2020, 10am-12pm

Online Event hosted by Smashing Times 

Open to Second Level Schools

Arts, Fascism and Democracy Partner Exchange

International Partner Exchange 

Friday 16 October, 3-4pm

Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times

Open to partner organisations

Never Waste a Crisis

Documentary about how human rights are being undermined during the COVID19 crisis.

Friday 16 October, 2020, 6pm

Online film screening hosted by Trócaire

Open to the public

Song Writing Workshops

Workshops on songs in human rights movements.

Saturday 10, 17 and 24 October, 10.30am-12pm

Online Workshops hosted by Fighting Words

SOLD OUT

Artists Against Fascism Cabaret-Style Performance, Panel Discussion and Book launch

Multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance and discussion, with launch of The Art of Courage – Stories of Artists and Activists against Fascism, book in digital format.

Saturday 17 October 2020, 7.30pm

Online event hosted by Smashing Times

Open to the public

Unsilencing Black Voices 

Film and panel discussion inspired by artistic responses to the black lives matter movement

Sunday 18 October 2020, 3pm

Zoom hosted by Smashing Times

Open to the public

Emotional Landscapes – A Reflection on Health and Well-Being

Visual Arts Exhibition with poetry, music, film and panel discussion inspired by artistic responses to well-being and the changing times we are living in.

Sunday 18 October 2020, 7pm

Online event hosted by Smashing Times

Open to the public

EU 1979: A People’s Parliament – Democracy Human Rights and Women’s Political Participation 

EU 1979 digital art exhibition and panel discussion

Monday 19 October 2020, 10am-12pm for schools audience, and 7pm for public

Virtual Exhibition hosted by Smashing Times

Open to Second Level Schools

EU 1979 – A People’s Parliament International Partner Exchange

International Partner Exchange

Monday 19 October,  2020, 2-3pm

Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times

Open to partner organisations

Equality Ambassadors Partner Exchange

International Partner Exchange

Monday 19 October,  2020, 3-5pm

Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times

Open to partner organisations

Women in Their Place

Documentary about women in Honduras defending their communities and environment from abuse by big business.

Monday 19 October, 2020, 6pm

Online film screening hosted by Trócaire

Open to the public

WikiLeaks on Trial

Interactive Courtroom Drama

Monday 19 October 2020, 7pm

Online drama hosted via Zoom

Open to the public

Smashing Times Network for Arts and Human Rights

Inaugural European Network Meeting with talks, discussion and book launch

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 10-12pm

Zoom Meeting organised by Smashing Times

Open to all

Theatre & Diverse Narratives

Roundtable Panel Discussion

Tuesday 20 October, 2020, 7-8.30pm

Online Event hosted by TheatreMaker.ie

Open to the public

Women and Racism 

Webinar on Racism for Women in Ireland

Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 11.15am-1pm

Webinar on Zoom hosted by NWCI, Akidwa, National Traveller Women’s Forum

Open to the public

Poetry of Witness – Against Forgetting

Poetry Readings and Panel Discussion

Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 6-7pm

Online Event hosted by Poetry Ireland

Open to the public

Fáilte Amnesty Autumn – Courage, Resilience and Hope

Interview with Polish LGBTI+ activist

Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 7.30-8.30pm

Zoom Webinar hosted by Amnesty International

Open to the public

Securing Speech: WHRDs and Defamation in the Digital Space

Panel discussion on Defamation in the Digital Space and Woman Human Rights Defenders

Thursday 22 October, 2020, 6pm (subject to change)

Online event hosted by Front Line Defenders with videos available on Front Line Defenders YouTube and livestream on Facebook

Open to the public

Acting for the Future Traveller Documentary

Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Traveller Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Thursday 22 October 2020, 7.30pm

Online event hosted by Smashing Times and Traveller Partner Organisations

Open to the public

Eclipsed

Film screening

Friday 23 October 2020, 8pm

Online screening hosted by dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Open to the public

Irish Women UN Special Rapporteurs 

Online Interviews with Irish women working as UN Special Rapporteurs

Friday 23 October 2020 , 4pm

Online event hosted by Front Line Defenders with videos available on Front Line Defenders YouTube and livestream on Facebook

Open to the public

How We Remember War

Presentation & Panel Discussion

Friday 23rd October 2020, 7pm

Online event hosted by Smashing Times

Open to the public

Up-Cycling Workshop – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Home

Online Workshop: Face Coverings & Up-cycled Bags

Saturday 24 October 2020, available all day

YouTube videos posted by Aisling Duffy Designs in partnership with Front Line Defenders

Open to the public

Arts and Human Rights Festivals Across Borders

Smashing Times and DAH Theatre, Serbia will hold a joint event happening simultaneously as part of the two Festivals in Ireland and in Serbia.

Saturday 24th October, 2020, 4pm

Online Event hosted by Smashing Times

Know Your Right to Protest

Online training on the right to protest 

Saturday 24 October, 2020, 11am-3pm

Online Event hosted by Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Open to the public

Climate Queens & Special Guests Podcast 

Podcast with Clodagh Kelly & Katie Harrington, hosts of the Climate Queens Podcast

Saturday 24 October 2020, 3pm

Available on IGTV and then available on all usual platforms like Apple, Spotify, Stitcher

Open to the public

Eyes On Extractives: Protecting Land, Protecting Life 

Eyes on Extraction Climate & Environment Panel Discussion

Saturday 24 October 2020, 4pm (subject to change)

Online event hosted by Front Line Defenders and Trócaire with videos available on Front Line Defenders YouTube and livestream on Facebook

Open to the public

Looking Forward

Creative Discussion

Sunday 25 October 2020, time 3-5pm

Online event hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Open to the Public

Targeting Transnational Activism for Palestinian Rights

Panel Discussion on Targeting Transnational Activism for Palestinian Rights 

Sunday 25 October 2020, 5pm

Online event hosted by Front Line Defenders with videos available on Front Line Defenders YouTube and livestream on Facebook

Open to the public

3 Stolen Cameras 

Documentary about the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony – Western Sahara

Friday 16 October 2020, 12pm

Documentary film on Vimeo, hosted by Front Line Defenders

Open to the public

Art and Philosophy Game: How To Do Things With Words

Online Intergenerational Workshop

Sunday 25 October 2020, 10am – 12pm

Workshop hosted by Office of Public Works

Open to the Public

Broken – A Palestinian Journey Through International Law 

Documentary about International Law at the example of Israel’s Wall in the West Bank.

Sunday 25 October 2020, from 12 noon

Online film screening hosted by Advocacy Productions, Geneva

Vimeo link with password on receipt of email with Subject: Dublin Arts and HR Festival sent to info@advocacyproductions.ch

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
incorporating Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble
Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.


Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613 Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245
Email: info@smashingtimes.ie

FRONT LINE – THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Second Floor, Grattan House, Temple Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Email: info@frontlinedefenders.org
Tel: +353 1 212 3750