Art, Fascism and Democracy

Film Screening and Panel Discussion, 7.30pm, 17 October 2020

The event Artists Against Fascism will begin at 7.30pm, Saturday 17 October with the screening of our film Humanity in the Ruins, featuring stories of artists who stood up against fascism during and after the Spanish Civil War and World War II followed by an Artists Against Fascism Panel Discussion. Book here 


The film features performances by Carla Ryan, Adam Traynor, Ben Waddell, Fiona Bawn-Thompson, Michelle Costello, Cathy White, Elkin and Kate Canning with adaptations and original writing by Mary Moynihan and poetry including On the Ledge of Courage by Mary Moynihan and This Sleeping Heart by Féilim James and Madame Bluebell co-written by Mary Moynihan and Fiona Bawn Thompson. The performance features an original dance The Shaman Lament choreographed by John Scott, Artistic Director, Irish Modern Dance Theatre with dancers Diarmuid Armstrong, Kevin Coquelard, Conor Thomas Doherty, Dylan Holly, Sebastiao Kamalandu, Rebecca Reilly and Sarah Ryan. The directors are Mary Moynihan, Mark Quinn and Geraldine McAlinden.


The screening of the film Humanity in the Ruins will be followed by an Artists Against Fascism Panel discussion moderated by Dil Wickremasinghe, Social Justice and Mental Health Journalist and Podcaster, Speaker, Mental Health Service Provider, Social Entrepreneur, Activist and Founder of Insight Matters. The speakers are:


  • Senator Alice Mary Higgins, Independent Senator on the National University of Ireland Panel, Leader of the Civil Engagement Group in Seanad Eireann
  • Fernando Benavente, Director, IFESCOOP, Valencia, Spain;
  • Mary Moynihan, Writer, Theatre and Film-Maker and Artistic Director, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
  • Ellen O’Mahony and Carla Ryan, Members of the band Elkin.


The Artists Against Fascism Panel Discussion will remain available to the public after the event has ended. Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality would like to announce the launch of The Art of Courage, a new book in e-format that will available from Smashing Times. If you would like to receive a copy of this book, please contact


Presented as part of Arts, Fascism and Democracy

– A Politics of Division versus a Politics of Inclusion

Implemented by

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland

IFESCOOP, Valencia, Spain

University of Hannover, Germany

Consorzio per la Formazione L’Innovazione E La Qualita, Pinerolo, Italy

Special Thanks

Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Communicating Europe Initiative

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Small Festival Grant

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