Oxford Human Rights Festival

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Human Rights Festival

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Glass Tank, Chakrabarti Room & Main Lecture Theatre (Clerici)


The Oxford Human Rights Festival has become one of the most important events of the year at Oxford Brookes University. For the 13th year OHRF will bring together people of different backgrounds to participate in a culture packed festival that engages with a constant issue from across the globe. Through this selection of film, graphic design, poetry and talks, we aim to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here in the UK and across the world. Download the full programme here.

The themes of the festival are refugees, women's rights and politics & revolution. The centrepiece of this year's festival is The Insurgent Artist exhibition in The Glass Tank. This is a retrospective of the work of George McBean, former Head of Graphics for UNICEF. A highlight of the festival is sure to be his talk and Q&A on his life and work on Wednesday 18th February. To reserve your ticket email Joanna Walker, Curator of The Glass Tank.

This year's festival is all taking place here at Oxford Brookes University and is free and open to all.

Full programme:

Wednesday 18th February 2015 (Graphics & UNICEF)

  • 3pm Graphics workshop for students, with George McBean, retired Head of Graphics, UNICEF
  • 7pm Talk, Q&A and private view of 'The Insurgent Artist' with George McBean (Glass Tank)

Thursday 19th February 2015 (Refugees)

  • 1pm Short film screenings: The Gardens of St. George & The Bristol Bike Project, with film maker Alistair Oldham (Glass Tank)
  • 7pm Performance & screening: Asylum Monologues, with Ice and Fire / Actors for Human Rights and Evaporating Borders, with panel discussion (Chakrabarti Room)

Friday 20th February 2015 (Women's Rights)

  • 1pm Short film screenings: A Handful of Ash and To Kill a Sparrow, with film maker Zohreh Soleimani (Glass Tank)
  • 3pm Screening: Made in Dagenham (Main Lecture Theatre, Clerici)
  • 7pm Screening: Private Violence, with panel discussion (Chakrabarti Room)

Saturday 21st February 2015 (Politics & Revolution)

  • 1pm Screening: Syria Inside (Chakrabarti Room)
  • 3pm Screening: Infiltrators, with the Palestine Film Foundation (Chakrabarti Room)
  • 5pm Lecture: Human Rights and Extremism with Professor Roger Griffin (Chakrabarti Room)
  • 7pm Screening: The Fifth Estate (Chakrabarti Room)