‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.‘
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
Arts, Fascism and Democracy Partner Exchange
Date and Time: Friday 16 October, 3-4pm
Platform: Virtual event hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
Category: International online partner exchange attended by partners from the European project Arts, Fascism and Democracy
Tickets: Open to partner organisations
Booking: Sold out
Moderator: Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times
Artists and Guest Speakers: Artists and activists from IFESCOOP, Valencia, Spain; Smashing Times, Dublin, Ireland; University of Hannover, Germany; and Consorzio per la Formazione L’Innovazione E La Qualita, Pinerolo, Italy.
This event is an online partner exchange for members of four partner organisations taking part in the European project called Arts, Fascism and Democracy. An international community of artists and organisations are coming together from four different countries across Europe – Spain, Germany, Italy and Ireland –to work collaboratively on a European partner project 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 are Ifescoop, Valencia, Spain; Smashing Times, Dublin, Ireland; University of Hannover, Germany; and Consorzio per la Formazione L’Innovazione E La Qualita, Pinerolo, Italy.
As part of this project, an Arts, Fascism and Democracy book, workshop and performance are created and shared to reflect on the ending of the Spanish Civil War as a key turning point in European history, exploring the effects of fascism on the lives of ordinary people and what happens in society during and after civil war when totalitarianism and fascism takes over and free speech, democratic processes and civil rights are denied. The aim is to promote a remembrance of a shared European history and to highlight contemporary democratic achievements in Europe today and the role European solidarity can play in promoting civil rights, democracy and peace.