The Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, incorporating Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble, is dedicated to the promotion, study and practice of the arts and equality.
Based in Dublin 7, the centre operates as an arts space and digital hub for artists, activists, communities and the general public across Ireland and internationally, providing a resource service and a training and networking agency in relation to using high quality creative processes and collaborative arts practice to promote human rights and equality for all.
This Sunday, they’ll be hosting a documentary screening on Unsilencing Black Voices in Ireland as part of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival, part of a series of events taking place from Friday 16th – Sunday 25th October 2020.
This annual festival aims to 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 Dublin Arts and Human Rights 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 celebrating and promoting dignity and respect for all people equally.
A series of online events will take place, including several film screenings, over the next two weeks. You can check out the full programme here.
This Sunday 18th October at 3pm, the festival will screen a documentary on Unsilencing Black Voices, to be followed by a panel discussion. Unsilencing Black Voices is a project created to highlight different forms of racism through the lived experience of the black community in Ireland. Their aim is to encourage everyone to continuously partake in the ongoing discussions of race. Tickets to this event are free and available here.
Catherine Osikoya and Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro, co-founders of Unsilencing Black Voices; Kwasie Boyce, Drama Facilitator, M.A.D. Youth Theatre will be featured at this event, with Dil Wickremasinghe serving as panel moderator.