Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival 2022

In Solidarity: A Celebration of Human Rights

Friday 14 – Sunday 23 October 2022

“In a world where human rights continue to be under attack, Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival sets out to celebrate the people who have stood up for them around the world and throughout history, and highlight the role artists can play in promoting a more just society.”

– Kevin Courtney, Irish Times

The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival is an annual, international festival organised by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and Front Line Defenders, a Dublin based international organisation working to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk, in partnership with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Trócaire, Poetry Ireland, and Irish PEN. This year’s festival runs from the 14 – 23 October, with the theme ‘In Solidarity: A Celebration of Human Rights’.

The festival aims to promote human rights and justice for all, and the vision of a world where all people are treated equally, with dignity and respect – linking the arts to civil society, active citizenship and politics. The extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world, past and present, and the role of the arts in promoting human rights will be showcased and highlighted at the festival, aiming to celebrate and unite community connections, artists, human rights organisations and human rights defenders.

The festival will showcase world-class and diverse acts, artists and speakers, including up and coming performers. It brings arts and human rights together through interdisciplinary events which include workshops, theatre performances, musical performances, visual arts, exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions, poetry and literature events, historical memory performances, live art, digital installations, and more.

The festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The artistic curator for the festival is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director of Smashing Times; and the human rights curator is Laura O’Leary, International Events and Promotions Coordinator at Front Line Defenders. The festival will be a hybrid programme delivered over 10 days and hosts an exciting blend of over 80 events happening in-person (following current government guidelines) and online, featuring Irish and international artists and guest speakers. There will be something for everyone interested in the arts for equality, human rights and diversity, reaching audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

Join us to illuminate stories of courage and inspiration and shine a light on stories of ordinary people who stand up for human rights and impact on the lives of others. We will bear witness to, and remember the past, explore the present and celebrate the future linked to equality and rights for all.


Festival Programme 2022

October 14 @ 10:00 am - October 23 @ 5:30 pm IST

Revolutionary Routes

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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Stories of departure, arrival and return, tracing histories from the Age of Revolutions (1790s) to the present day, encapsulating Irish diaspora histories of abolition, racism, anti-racism and solidarity.

Opening Ceremony

Chocolate Factory
Public launch of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2022

Creative Dialogues

Event Category:
Chocolate Factory
MemoLab Panel Discussion and Musical Performance with artists from State of the Art: Transformative Memories


Chocolate Factory
MemoLab Performance and talks with artists from State of the Art: Transformative Memories

Advocacy Workshop

Event Categories:
This free advocacy workshop - delivered by former UN human rights researcher and professional singer Dónal Kearney - will explore storytelling concepts such as narrative and character and apply them to human rights advocacy while also teaching the basics of vocal technique.

Gathering on the Pond

dlr Lexicon Black Box Studio
A fun, theatrical show about biodiversity, climate change, and climate justice

Global Citizens Journey Workshop

Event Category:
GOAL Global
A workshop aiming to develop the critical thinking skills to explore the realities and complexities of our interconnected world and recognize the imperative for active solidarity at local and global levels