Celebrating Human Rights at The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 

by Alex Greaney
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The 10-day festival, running from October 14-23, sets to celebrate the extraordinary work of human rights defenders, past and present, in Ireland and around the world, highlighting Climate Change, Political Violence and Mental Health, amongst other critical issues, through the arts.

Human Rights throughout the world continue to be under attack, The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival launches over 80 events throughout Ireland, happening in-person and online, celebrating the people who promote the rights of citizens from all countries and all walks of life.  

The festival, with most events free to attend showcases globally acclaimed Irish and international artists and guest speakers, who perform innovative events which promote equality, human rights and diversity through the arts reaching audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.  

Artistic curator for the festival, Mary Moyinhan said: “The Dublin Arts and Humans Rights festival showcases the extraordinary work of people who defend human rights in Ireland and around the world, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today. We have been growing year on year to make this, our fourth event, the biggest, most innovative festival yet.”

The theme of the 2022 festival is ‘In Solidarity: A Celebration of Human Rights’, a celebration of community connections and a world where all people are treated equally with dignity and respect. The annual international festival is organised by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and Front Line Defenders in partnership with a range of organisations across Ireland, Europe and Internationally.  

The festival links the arts to civil society, active citizenship and politics through interdisciplinary performances, film screenings, documentaries, theatre, music, dance, visual and digital art, poetry, literature, and historical memory. It features creative conversations, panel discussions and arts-based workshops with Irish and international artists and guest speakers celebrating and promoting dignity, human rights, and respect for all people equally.  

The 10-day festival will see over 80 acts perform, with more to be announced, throughout Dublin, Kerry and Antrim with artists and performers from over 17 countries.  

Most events are free of charge, and tickets can be purchased at www.smashingtimes.ie

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