Festival aims to highlight the work of human rights defenders and the role of the arts in promoting human rights

The 2021 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival runs for ten days from Friday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 24.

The theme is ‘Hope, Courage and Resilience: The Story Continues’ and the festival aims to highlight the work of human rights defenders in Ireland and globally, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today.

Artists for Civic Action

It is organised by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Trócaire, and Poetry Ireland.

Mary Moynihan, founder of Smashing Times, encouraged people to attend.

“One of the festival events we’re doing is called ‘State of the Art’ – it’s about the nation-state as both protector and violator of human rights.

“We partner with human rights organisations such as Fighting Words, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Frontline Defenders.

“Frontline have really good workshops this year. For example, one is an online panel discussion called ‘The Social Life of Misinformation’ about the global misinformation crisis. It will ask: How can you know if something is true or false? If the far right is on the increase, why is that happening and what can we do?

“We have an event led by a radical feminist organisation from the US called ‘Guerrilla Girls’.

“We will also show a film documenting young people’s experience of direct provision,” she said.

Full programme details will be published shortly.

Local groups taking part this year include Dublin North East Inner City and Dublin Northwest Partnership.

For more, visit: https://smashingtimes.ie/dublinahrf/