The Oxford Human Rights Festival is back for its 21st installment, and we are excited to announce this year’s theme: NOW WHAT? This guiding question arose from reflections on the state of human rights today, and the power of the arts and of public events to not only raise awareness, but also to promote engagement and to catalyse action. This question aims to implicate all of us, asking us to reflect on the lessons learned from the history of human rights and to question what does the future of human rights hold?
Over the past 20 years this festival has shed light on the importance of human rights globally through varied programmes of films, performances, talks, and exhibitions, and this year is no exception. This year’s inaugural Nabeel Hamdi lecture will be given by Slava Balbek, a Ukrainian architect who has been fighting the demolition of historic buildings, preparing rescue kits and creating an emergency housing plan within just 10 days of the conflict in Ukraine starting. We will also be screening ‘Hostile’ the award winning documentary focusing on the UK's complicated relationship with its migrant communities, including a Q&A with director Sonita Gale. Another event promising to be a highlight is our evening of discussion, music and mingling inspired by the Women, Life, Freedom revolution in Iran.
We warmly invite you to join us for these events and many more between the 17 - 26 March. See the Oxford Human Rights Festival website and our social media channels for the full programme.