2018 OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL IDEAS
We're starting to plan our 2018 Festival. Below are some ideas we've come up with to start our brainstorming and Festival planning process. If you have any suggestions or proposals or would like to get involved, please do get in touch via our contacts page.
The Passerine (meaning songbirds) was the new show created by O'Hooley & Tidow as for the 2017 Shrewsbury Folk Festival. It features an ensemble of brilliant refugee and migrant musicians who presented exciting fresh arrangements of new and traditional music to explore and celebrate diverse world cultures. Stories of flight to safer havens, away from conflict, political oppression and other disasters featured; but above all, it was a celebration of the wide-ranging and amazing culture in the UK today. Poet Dean Atta joined The Passerine ensemble to provide spoken word context with new and existing work for the premiere performance. Dean's poem Mother Tongue was featured, and takes a personal look at language as part of his identity.
In November our friends over at the Royal Anthropological Institute are screening a film called How do you see me? about an Iranian woman who has lived in the UK for much of her life. The film explores her everyday life, relationships, and identity.
Over on the Olympic Channel they have a series of documentaries about transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identity. This one tells the story of Schuyler Bailar, a decorated swimmer who was recruited to Harvard as a female, but has found peace after transitioning to a male. And this one follows volleyball player Chloe Anderson as she heads to UC-Santa Cruz and meets her new team-mates for the first time.
Our 2018 collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Documentary Club will be a screening of City Of Joy which tells the story of the first class of women at City of Joy, a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in Bukavu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and chronicles the process by which such a revolutionary place came to be, from its origins with the women survivors themselves, to the opening of the centre’s doors.
The Passerine, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, 2017
Dean Atta, Mother Tongue
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