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

We are working on two levels; the obvious, the story, the scenarios, the characters. 
The other is the invisible, the luminous, the spirit-world.

Viola Spolin, Actor, Director, Educator

Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

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

Date and Time: Saturday 17 October 2020, 7.30pm

Platform: Facebook Live hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Category: Multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance inspired by the stories of artists standing up to Fascism during and after the Spanish Civil War and WWII, featuring exhilarating scenes of storytelling, poetry, film, music and dance intercut with reflection and discussion. The event features the launch online of the new Arts, Fascism and Democracy book

Tickets: Open to the public

Booking: Event will be available on Smashing Times Facebook page, Saturday 17, 7.30pm

Moderator: Dil Wickremasinghe

Artists and Guest Speakers: Artists include Margaret Toomey, Carla Ryan and Lisa Mc Loughlin-Gnemmi. Speakers are Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and film-maker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times and Curator of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival; Clodagh Finn, Writer and Journalist, Ireland; Christoph Wolf, Research Fellow, University of Hannover, Germany; and Fernando Benavente, IFESCOOP, Valencia, Spain.

Details 

Smashing Times have created an innovative multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance inspired by the stories of artists standing up to Fascism during and after the Spanish Civil War and WWII,  featuring exhilarating scenes of theatre, storytelling, poetry, film, music and dance – all captured on film. 

The civil war in Spain was seen as a European war against fascism and foreshadowed WWII. 

What lessons can we learn from the Spanish Civil War in relation to the stories of artists who stood up to Fascism particularly in view of the attacks on democracy and human rights that we are witnessing today? 

This unique performance art film captures the spirit of artists touched by war and a desire to change the way things were. The film is inspired by a creative response to the lives and work of artists who spoke out either through their art work or actions against tyranny and is creative re-imagining of the achingly powerful stories and work of artists from a range of disciplines. The film is inspired by and reflects on the work and life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936); Spanish photographer and concentration camp survivor Francisco Boix (1920-1951); German Artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945); German Dada and political montage artists Hanna Höch (1889-1978 ) and John Heartfield (1891-1968);  Irish writers Kate O’Brien (1897-1974) and Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) and  Irish choreographer, dancer and founder of the world-famous Bluebells Chorus line Margaret Kelly (1910-2004). Enjoy mesmerising new work created by artists reflecting on a darkness of the past and dreams for the future featuring an original soundscape by Lisa McLoughlin and a modern dance piece by John Scott Dance.

This event is presented as part of a transnational European project called Art, Fascism and Democracy: The Politics of Division versus the Politics of Inclusion, supported by Europe for Citizens. The  project uses theatre, film and new digital technologies to reflect on the ending of the Spanish Civil War and to  tell the stories of artists and activists  who supported democracy and freedom and stood up against fascism in a time of war. The four European partners from Spain, Ireland, Germany and Italy are: Ifescoop, Valencia, Spain; Smashing Times, Dublin, Ireland; University of Hannover, Germany; and Consorzio per la Formazione L’Innovazione E La Qualita, Pinerolo, Italy. 

The screening features a discussion and reflection on what happens when fascism  takes over, what can be done to prevent the rise of fascism and  what is the role of the EU today and the power of European solidarity to promote civil rights, democracy, and peace. Civil rights includes freedom of speech, the right to vote, free media and open debate which are indispensable elements of democracy and peace today. 

The event coincides with the launch of The Art of Courage – Stories of Artists and Activists who stood up against Fascism featuring stories of artists and activists from Spain, German, Italy and Ireland who stood up to fascism, with the majority of stories having links to the Spanish civil war and WWII, recalling the bravery of individuals who stood up to dictatorship and oppression. The book is available in digital format and is supported by Europe for Citizens. Stories in the book include Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936); Spanish photographer and concentration camp survivor Francisco Boix (1920-1951); German Artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945); German Dada and political montage artists Hanna Höch (1889-1978 ) and John Heartfield (1891-1968);  Irish writers Kate O’Brien (1897-1974) and Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) and  Irish choreographer, dancer and founder of the world-famous Bluebells Chorus line Margaret Kelly (1910-2004).   

Guest Speakers

Speaker: Clodagh Finn, Writer and Journalist 

Subject: Mary Elmes and the power of European Solidarity

Clodagh Finn, writer, talks about the life of humanitarian Mary Elmes and her involvement in the Spanish Civil War and WWII. Clodagh reflects on lessons we can take from the Spanish Civil War in Spain (1936-1939) in relation to the story of Mary Elmes who stood up in a non-violent way to Fascism.

Speaker: Christoph Wolf, Research Fellow, University of Hannover, Germany

Talk: The politics of Division versus the politics of Inclusion

This talk explores what can be done to prevent the rise of fascism and explores the role of the EU today and the power of European solidarity to promote civil rights, democracy, and peace. Civil rights includes freedom of speech, the right to vote, free media and open debate which are indispensable elements of democracy and peace today. This talk reflects on what happens when Fascism takes over and free speech and democratic processes are denied, reflecting on how to recognise a ‘scapegoat’ and how to deconstruct the discourse leading to exclusion and marginalisation. How can ordinary people recognise and prevent the rise of Fascism and what are the concrete ways and mechanisms – tools and shared core values of cooperation, diversity and tolerance – at EU and national levels by which civil liberties, rights and inclusion can be preserved.  

Speaker: Fernando Benavente, Ifescoop, Spain 

Talk:  Reflections from the Spanish Civil War

A reflection on the impact of the Spanish Civil War in Spain (1936-1939) and the growth of Fascism in Europe during WWII and the lessons we can take from those wars in relation to standing up to Fascism particularly in view of the attacks on democracy and human rights that we are witnessing today.

Speaker:  Mary Moynihan, Writer, Theatre and Film-Maker and Artistic Director, Smashing Times

Talk:  The Artist Speaks: In Conversation with Mary Moynihan on Arts and Human Rights

Artist Mary Moynihan speaks about her artistic processes inspired by work of artists who stood up to Fascism in Europe with a focus on the 1936-1939 civil war in Spain which was seen as a European war against fascism that foreshadowed WWII