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Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival 2020

Connecting Citizens to the Arts, Human Rights, Climate Justice and Gender Equality

10 Days of Arts and Human Rights Online

Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty, Fighting Words, ICCL, NWCI & Trocaire present the 2020 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 festival will run for ten days from Friday 16 October to Sunday 25 October 2020.

This year’s festival is moving online where we are creating a dedicated virtual space to share, celebrate, remember, explore, provoke and promote the arts for human rights. Join us as we bring together artists, activists, citizens, families, communities and all those interested in using the arts to celebrate and promote human rights and equality for all.

The theme of this year’s festival is Voices of Hope, Courage and Resilience celebrating human rights and linking the arts to civil society, active citizenship and politics through a series of inter-disciplinary performances, film screenings, documentaries, theatre, music, dance, visual and digital art, poetry, literature, historical memory, discussions and arts-based workshops, featuring Irish and international artists and guest speakers.


Friday 16 October 2020, 6pm
Online film screening hosted by Trócaire

Never Waste a Crisis

Documentary about how human rights are being undermined during the COVID19 crisis.

Friday 16 October 2020, 10am-12pm
Online Event hosted by Smashing Times

Politics of Division versus Politics of Inclusion

Multi-disciplinary cabaret-style performance and discussion

Friday 16 October, 3-4pm
Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times
Arts, Fascism and Democracy Partner Exchange



Saturday 7 & 17 October, 10:30am-12pm with final performance Saturday 24 October 10:30am-12pm

Zoom songwriting workshops hosted by Fighting Words

Workshops on songs in human rights movements

Saturday 17 October, 7:30pm
Facebook Live hosted by Smashing Times

Artists Against Fascism Cabaret-Style Performance, Panel Discussion and Book launch

Sunday 18 October, 3pm
Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Unsilencing Black Voices

Film and panel discussion inspired by artistic responses to the black lives matter movement.

Sunday 18 October, 7.00pm
Facebook Live hosted by Smashing Times

Emotional Landscapes – A Reflection on Health and Well-Being
Visual Arts Exhibition with poetry, music, film and panel discussion

Monday 19 October 10am-12pm
Virtual Exhibition hosted by Smashing Times

EU 1979: A People’s Parliament - Democracy Human Rights and Women’s Political Participation

EU 1979 digital art exhibition and panel discussion

Monday 19 October, 2-3pm
Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times

EU 1979 – A People’s Parliament International Partner Exchange

Monday 19 October, 2020, 3-5pm
Zoom Meeting organised by Smashing Times

Equality Ambassadors Partner Exchange

Tuesday 20 October, 2020, 10am-12pm

Zoom Meeting hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Inaugural Meeting of the Smashing Times Network for Arts and Human Rights and launch of Arts for Human Rights book

Inaugural European and International network meeting with guest speakers, discussions and contributions from audience members and networking. Features launch of Arts and Human Rights book. Open to members of the Smashing Times International Network for the Arts and Human Rights.

Tuesday 20 October, 2020, 6-8pm
Facebook Live hosted by Poetry Ireland

Poetry of Witness – Against Forgetting

Poetry Readings, Songs and Panel Discussion

Tuesday 20 October, 2020, 7-8.30pm
Roundtable online discussion hosted by & moderated by Thomas Conway

Theatre & Diverse Narratives

A live streamed roundtable panel discussion on theatre’s role and responsibility in platforming and promoting diverse narratives


Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 11am-1pm
Webinar on Zoom hosted by NWCI, Akidwa, National Traveller Women’s Forum

Women and Racism 

The webinar will focus on the experiences of racism for women in Ireland, the intersection of racism and sexism and how we can collectively build a society free of racism and one that respects diversity.

Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 7.30-8.30pm

Zoom event hosted by Amnesty

Fáilte Amnesty

Interview with Polish LGBTI+ activist Miko Czerwinski

Thursday 22 October 2020, 6pm
Hosted by Front Line Defenders on YouTube and social media accounts

Tech Talks

Videos on how to protect your tech from online threats

Thursday 22 October, 2020, 6pm
Hosted by Front Line Defenders with videos available online and on social media

Securing Speech: WHRDs & Defamation in the Digital Space

Online panel discussion on combating threats to woman human rights defenders online

Thursday 22 October 2020, 7.30pm
Online event hosted by Smashing Times and Traveller Partner Organisations

Traveller Documentary – A Reflection on Health and Well-Being

Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Traveller Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Friday 23 October 2020, 4pm
Online event hosted by Front Line Defenders

Irish Women UN Special Rapporteurs 

Online Interviews with the three Irish women appointed as UN Special Rapporteurs

Friday 23 October 2020, 7pm
Online event hosted by Smashing Times

How We Remember War

Presentations from film makers and artists on work that remembers conflicts followed by panel discussion.

Friday 23rd October, 2020, 4pm

Arts and Human Rights Festivals Across Borders

Joint event hosted by Smashing Times and DAH Theatre, Serbia

Friday 23rd October, 8pm


Online screening hosted by dlr Mill Theatre


Saturday 24 October, 2020, 11am-3pm

Know Your Right to Protest

Online training hosted by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Saturday 24 October 2020, 3pm

Podcast taping hosted by Climate Queens and Front Line Defenders

Climate Queens & Special Guests Podcast

Podcast with Clodagh Kelly & Katie Harrington, hosts of the Climate Queens Podcast

Saturday 24 October 2020, 4pm

Eyes on Extractives

Environmental Impacts & Threats To Human Rights Defenders: Panel Discussion hosted by Front Line Defenders

Saturday 24 October 2020, various times throughout the day

Online workshop hosted by Front Line Defenders & Aisling Duffy Designs

Up-Cycling Workshop – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Home

Easy tips on how to up-cycle everyday items around your house

Sunday 25th October 2020, 12pm

BROKEN – A Palestinian Journey Through International Law

Virtual Screening hosted by AdvocacyProductions, Geneva


Sunday 25 October 2020, 5pm

Online Panel Discussion hosted by Front Line Defenders

Targeting Transnational Activism for Palestinian Rights

Palestine Panel Discussion


Sunday 25 October 2020, 3pm to 5pm GMT

Online event hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Looking Forward

Creative discussion with Dr Rajinder Singh, Artist-in-Residence, UCD; Laragh Pittman, artist; Deirdre Murphy, multi-disciplinary artist.