Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

Hosted by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders

Thursday 19 to Sunday 29 September 2019

Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders are delighted to host the 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 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival will link the arts to civil society, active citizenship and politics through a series of performances, film screenings, music, dance and arts-based workshops, featuring guest speakers and panel discussions celebrating and promoting dignity and respect for all people equally. The festival runs for eleven days from the 19 to 29 September at a range of venues including the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Science Gallery Dublin, dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum, Buswells Hotel, EU House and more.

The festival is curated by Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times and Michelle Foley, Front Line Defenders. The festival raises awareness of the arts, human rights, and the importance of protecting those courageous activists who defend these rights. We engage with the arts and facilitate discussion and dialogue through the work of professional artists and activists from Ireland and around the world working in all mediums, with the aim of celebrating the arts and creatively promoting and protecting human rights, equality and social justice.

The festival is hosted by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Trócaire and Fighting Words, and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Communicating Europe Initiative 2019, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund, Europe for Citizens and Erasmus+.

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Freedom Trails of Europe: Intersections between the Arts, Gender Equality and Human Rights

Panel Discussions, Theatre Workshops, Song
Thursday 19 September, 10am-1pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Methods for Theatrical Practice in Conflict ZonesFrédérique Lecomte, Belgium and the Congo

Theatre Workshop and Talk
Thursday 19 September, 3-5pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Escape Routes and Freedom Trails – European Solidarity Between Nations

Performance, Film, Panel Discussion, Music
Thursday 19 September, 7.30-10pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Acting for the Future: Creative Approaches to Positive Mental Health and Well-Being

Performance, Film Screening, Panel Discussions
Friday 20 September, 10am-1pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Culture Night Pop-Up Exhibition and Talk: Women’s Stories 1916-1923 and Women’s Stories of WWII

Pop-Up Exhibition and Talk
Friday 20 September, 2-7pm
Foyer, Samuel Beckett Theatre

Silent written and performed by Pat Kinevane

Performance and Post-Show Panel Discussion
Friday 20 September, 7.30-10pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Reaching the Diaspora – Festival Twitter Chat Live 

Hosted by Smashing Times in cyberspace
Saturday 21 September, 5-6pm

Special Literary Cabaret of New Writing, Drama, Music and Comedy

Sunday 22 September, 7.30-10pm
Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street

Smashing Times Collaborative Art European Partner Exchanges

Monday, Tuesday, 22, 23 September 2019
Dancehouse Dublin

Creative Approaches to Peace Building in a Post-Conflict Environment

Panel Discussions and Poetry
Monday 23 September, 6-7.30pm
EU House, Mount Street

The Artist Speaks: How artists use their work to promote Human Rights

Artist Discussions, Poetry and Music
Tuesday 24 September, 6-7.30pm
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories 1916-1923 – Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan

Performance and Post-Show Discussion
Wednesday 25 September, 7.30-10pm
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Leaving the Ladies by Sinéad Mc Coole followed by post-show panel discussion

Thursday 26 September, 1-2.30pm
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street

Can a Speech Change the World? Toastmasters Evening of Speeches and Poetry

Thursday 26 September, 7.45-9.45pm
Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street

The Trial – Visual Art Installation Created by Sinead Mc Cann

Exploring healthcare and human rights in the Irish Criminal Justice System
26 Sept – 3 Nov Dublin Castle

Celebrating Human Rights Defenders on the Frontline – Three Panel Discussions on gender, challenging corporate power and the right to protest

Saturday 28 September, 12 – 6pm
Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

Celebrating Human Rights: Exploring up-cycling, protest song-writing and human rights through the arts – Three Interactive Workshops

Saturday 28 September, 12 – 6pm
Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

Righteous Verse – Evening of Spoken Word and Music

Saturday 28 September, 6.30-9pm
Kennedy’s Bar, 30-32 Westland Row

LGBTQI+ Rights Around the World

Interactive Workshop, Panel Discussion and Walking Tour
Sunday 29 September, 12-3pm
Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

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.

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Second Floor, Grattan House, Temple Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Email: info@frontlinedefenders.org
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