Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium

Published On 14 September, 2017 | Latest News, Projects

Date: Friday 27 October 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin
Box office: Tel: 00353 (0)1 896 2461
Online Booking: Click here
Ticket Price: €5
Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium gathers artists and human rights activists together to explore how artists and citizens can actively influence EU policy and engages citizens in debate on the kind of Europe we want for the future in relation to gender equality, diversity and peace. The symposium features a young ensemble performance, guest speakers and parallel theatre workshops to explore the role of the EU in promoting women’s rights and human rights as shared values for a peaceful and prosperous future for all.
Marian Harkin, MEP, Ireland
Mary Duffin, Ireland, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner and Screenwriter
Sasa Bjelanovic, Youth worker, Youth Peace Group Danube, Vukovar, Croatia
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Artist Facilitators
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia
Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO practitioner and Screenwriter
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Róisín McAtamney, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Launch Screenings
Launch of Women in an Equal Europe Digital Book featuring positive stories of change for women from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU and launch of a Creative Film Documentary on women, feminism and Europe.
Women interviewed on film include Olwen Fouéré, Actor, Director and Creative Artist; Dijana Milosevic, Theatre Director, Writer and Lecturer and Artistic Director, DAH Theatre, Serbia; Dil Wickremasinghe, Broadcaster and Journalist; Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland; Sinéad Burke aka Minnie Mélange, writer and academic; Mirjana Renduli, Actor, Writer and Facilitator; Pom Boyd, Actor, Writer, Director and Collaborative Artist;  Constance Short, Visual Artist, Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit; Shirley Graham, Social Researcher and Activist; and Vanessa Ogida, Broadcast Journalist, Motivational Speaker/Writer, Trainer and Entrepreneur.
Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD

Women in an Equal Europe

 The above event is conducted as part of the large-scale project Women in an Equal Europe.
Women in an Equal Europe uses a feminist framework and creative processes of theatre, film and online digital resources to explore and reflect on the experiences of women living in Europe and the power of EU policy to promote gender equality, human rights and diversity. This transnational democratic engagement and civil society project involves four European partners from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia and uses creative processes of theatre and film and online resources to promote a greater understanding of women’s rights and the positive changes that have come about in relation to gender equality as a result of belonging to the European Union. This project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The four European partners are:

  • Smashing Times Theatre Company, Ireland, www.smashingtimes.ie (lead partner)
  • Iniciativas de Futuro Para Una Europa Social, Valencia, Spain
  • Mirovna grupa mladih Dunav, Youth Peace Group ‘Danube’ (YPGD), Yukovar, Croatia, www.ypgd.org
  • DAH Theatre Research Centre, Belgrade, Serbia www.dahteatarcentar.com

 Using the arts and political activism, the project identifies 20 positive stories of change experienced by women – 5 from each partner country – that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU. The 20 stories form the basis for the Women War and Peace Digital book and Creative Documentary to be launched at the Women in an Equal Europe International Creative Arts Symposium to be held at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin on Friday 27 October 2017 from 10am to 2pm, all welcome to attend.
Public performances of The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII can be seen at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, 25, 26 October 2017, nightly at 7.30 as part of a nationwide tour and a youth ensemble performance takes place on 27 October at 7.30.

For further information contact Freda Manweiler
Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613                Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245
Email: freda@smashingtimes.ie
Website: www.smashingtimes.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smashingtimestheatrecompany
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Smashing_Times

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