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Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2019

Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival 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 & Human Rights Festival links 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 11 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 Emily Glen, 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 suppored 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+.


Thursday 19 September, 10am-1pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

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

Panel Discussions, Theatre Workshops, Song

Thursday 19 September, 3-5pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

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

Theatre Workshop and Talk

Thursday 19 September, 7.30-10pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

Escape Routes and Freedom Trails –
European Solidarity Between Nations

Performance, Film, Panel Discussion, Music

Friday 20 September, 10am-1pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

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

Performance, Film Screening, Panel Discussions

Friday 20 September, 2-7pm
Foyer, 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, 7.30-10pm
Samuel Beckett Theatre

written and performed by Pat Kinevane

Performance and Post-Show Panel Discussion

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

Reaching the Diaspora -
Festival Twitter Chat Live

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

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

Monday, Tuesday, 22, 23 September
Dancehouse Dublin

Smashing Times Collaborative Art European Partner Exchanges

Monday 23 September, 6-7.30pm
EU House, Mount Street

Creative Approaches to Peace Building in a Post-Conflict Environment
Panel Discussions and Poetry

Tuesday 24 September, 6-7.30pm
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East

The Artist Speaks: How artists use their work to promote Human Rights
Artist Discussions, Poetry and Music

Wednesday 25 September, 7.30-10pm
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

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

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

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

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

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

26 Sept – 3 Nov
Dublin Castle

The Trial:
Visual Art Installation Created by Sinead Mc Cann
Exploring healthcare and human rights in the Irish Criminal Justice System

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

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

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

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

Righteous Verse:
Evening of Spoken Word and Music

Sunday 29 September, 12-3pm
Science Gallery, Trinity College  Dublin

LGBTQI+ Rights Around the World
Interactive Workshop, Panel Discussion and Walking Tour