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Writing A Protest Song

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Writing A Protest Song

October 16 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm IST

Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street
Dublin 1, D01 WD53
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These workshops will look at the history of protest songs and draw on these themes to create our own songs relevant for today’s generation. 13-17 year olds only. Hosted by Fighting Words.

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Facilitator

Colm Quearney

Full Event Details

Fighting Words is delighted to be part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, hosted by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders.

Songs and music have played a powerful role in human rights movements, giving a universal voice, crossing barriers and promoting unity and equality.  At these three workshops we will look at the history of these songs, and draw on these themes to create our own songs relevant for today’s generation. The workshops will culminate in a performance at Fighting Words on Saturday 16th October 2020. Participants need to be available to attend all workshops. Workshop will take place in accordance with Government Covid-19 guidelines and best practice. Workshops may be moved online if necessary.

No previous songwriting experience is required. However, feel free to bring along any instruments or lyrical ideas you might have!

Check out the song written by participants in the workshop below!

Where Does it All Go?

They say that in just 30 years,

The world we know will disappear,

The plastic in our atmosphere –

Where Does it All Go?

The north is full of melting ice,

And then our sea levels will rise,

Plastic right before our eyes

Where Does it All Go?

By Aoibhinn Danneels

Facilitator Biography

Colm Quearney

Colm has worked as a professional songwriter and musician since the age of 17. Colm has toured the world with various bands and has had international record deals. Since his early twenties he has worked with a variety of youth services setting up and delivering music programs that have culminated in music composition, performances and recording sessions. Between 2011 and 2018 Colm worked as head of the songwriting department at BIMM Dublin (British & Irish Modern Music Institute). Colm has been a volunteer with Fighting Words since 2010 where his key role was to develop free songwriting programs for groups of all ages. Colm now works for Fighting Words as Development and Outreach Officer.

Fighting Words

Our aim is to help children and young people, and adults who did not have this opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills. At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.

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Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street
Dublin 1, D01 WD53
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