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2017 Dublin Human Rights Festival

On Saturday, 21 October, 2017, Front Line Defenders co-hosted the Inaugural Dublin Human Rights Festival, sponsored by Dublin City Council at Science Gallery Dublin. Front Line Defenders partnered with the National LGBT Federation (NXF), National Women's Council of Ireland, Amnesty International Ireland and The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to host interactive panel discussions on key international human rights issues including defending LGBTI rights, women's rights, environmental rights and privacy rights as well as engaging creative advocacy workshops presented by Clowns Without Borders, Dabbbledoo Music, VOCALiSM and Righteous Verse (see full schedule below with links to footage from the panel discussions).

Panel 1: Women Who Dare


Panel 2: Dying for Equality

Panel 3: Lethal Lands

Panel 4: Techie How To


Featuring workshops by Clowns Without Borders, VOCALISM and Dabbledoo Music as well as spoken word poetry performances with Erin Fornoff and body printing by oh my days!

Clowns Without Borders

cwb_logo.jpegDon your biggest red nose for a circus skills workshop for kids! Clowns Without Borders work in refugee camps all over the world with kids just like you who want to learn how to balance on their tippy toes in oversized shoes. Parents and guardians are dared to join in if they can! The wonderful KimRia and Aoife are also happy to answer any questions from grown-up kids who want to know more about their challenging and important work.

Dabbledoo Music

dabbledoo_music.jpgDabbledooMusic creates accessible music education resources and services for schools, teachers and children everywhere. Join Shane and Killian for a DabbledooMusic workshop and allow your children to explore the personal and social benefits that music education can offer. Parents and guardians are welcome to join in too. No "natural talent" required!


vocalism.jpegLet’s get vocal! This workshop is tailored especially for adults with an interest in human rights campaigning, whether professionals or volunteers. Together with vocal coach, Dónal Kearney, you will learn to identify the elements necessary for good storytelling and work to hone your story - whether it’s your own or that of a human rights defender. Using his training as a vocal coach, Dónal will explore how best to present your story to your audience. Expect to focus on stance, breathing techniques, warm-ups, and ways to use those nerves to connect with your audience!


erin_fornoff.jpgFresh from publishing her first collection of poetry, Erin Fornoff curates an hour of spoken word and protest poetry, with performances from Sahar AliFelicia OlusanyaColm KeeganOisín McKennaJohn Cummins and Raven. These poets have won All-Ireland Poetry Slam Championships, featured in their own award-winning Fringe shows and performed on stages all around the world. Come along and see for yourself how activism and creativity can be a force of nature when they collide.