Raising awareness of human rights through the Arts
Monday, 10 February 2014
The Oxford festival dedicated to raising awareness of human rights returns to the city for its 12th year this month (Monday 24 – Friday 28 February 2014).
year the programme of events is titled the Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival
and will be broadening its impact by offering a range of events outside its
traditional film medium.
film screenings, the festival is hosting live performances of music, theatre, poetry
and a range of guest speakers.
will take place in venues across Oxford, including the Old Fire Station and
Ultimate Picture Palace, and all are open to the public. Each will be accompanied by a discussion with
guest speakers, providing the opportunity for in-depth, stimulating debate.
Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival is organised by Oxford Brookes students on
the Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) master’s degree course. It aims to raise awareness of the issues
surrounding human rights through the arts.
Dolan, a current DEP student involved in organising the festival, said: “The
Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival gives us the opportunity to highlight these
issues to a wider audience, in a moving and entertaining way.
have such a diverse range of events, from films to poetry and theatre, so this
year is sure to be the best festival yet.”
screening of Julian Schnabel’s film Miral
marks the opening of the festival, and is being screened in Oxford Brookes’ new
John Henry Brookes Building’s Lecture Theatre.
Other highlights include Like Enemies
of the State, a play based on the stories of three African child soldiers, and
a screening of The Reluctant
Revolutionary which will be introduced by the filmmaker.
range of poetry readings has been arranged in conjunction with the Oxford
Brookes Poetry Centre. These will
involve readings and debate with poets and experts, and take place at Blackwell’s
on Broad Street and the Truck Store on Cowley Road.
festival will be ‘played out’ by folk music from Radio 2 Folk Singer of the
Year nominee Lucy Ward, with support from local acoustic band Moonrakers.
events are free of charge while others attract a nominal entrance fee. Tickets for all events are now available to
be reserved and purchased online.
information about the festival, ticketing and the full programme of events can
be found on the festival’s website: www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.org