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22 October - Connect Your Story and Voice!



Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Venue: Online via Zoom, hosted by Donal Kearney
Tickets: Free

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In this interactive online workshop, you will learn ways to connect your story to your voice and become a better advocate. Whether you’re a human rights defender, a public speaker or an educator, useful tools are guaranteed during this fun and dynamic workshop. Facilitator Dónal Kearney combines his diverse and varied experience from the worlds of musical performance, vocal pedagogy and international human rights law. A former Research Assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Dónal is also a critically-acclaimed vocalist and a sought-after facilitator who trained with humanitarian organisation Musicians Without Borders. As part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, this free advocacy workshop will cover the fundamentals of vocal technique and will introduce basic story structure and characterisation to explore the art of audience engagement. Each participant will get the opportunity to apply these tools and approaches to their own life.

Dónal Kearney is a facilitator and community-builder with diverse experience of content design and delivery in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Recent clients include EY Ireland, the Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, Early Years (NI), Focus Ireland and Clanrye Group (NI). Dónal holds a Master's in International Human Rights law, a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, and has worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Dónal is also co-founder of the Irish Institute of Music and Song and has delivered workshops to elite arts organisations in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, China, and the USA. He has completed intensive leadership training with UCD Innovation Academy and global humanitarian organisation Musicians Without Borders, and has reached people of all ages and ability, including groups experiencing homelessness, families living in direct provision, people with disabilities, teenagers and children as young as 4 years old. He is Community Facilitator for non-profit social enterprise Grow Remote and builds online and offline communities to nurture healthy and productive workers while promoting sustainable local living. Dónal's dynamic and interactive facilitation style encourages the audience to engage with social justice issues with a creative and playful approach.