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The future starts today: East Belfast Speaks Out

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VALEIRAS AndreaThe future starts today: East Belfast Speaks Out
by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
10 November 2010

Almost half of those attending the East Belfast assembly Speaks out were young. This shows the interest they have in the politics of their land, and their attempts to feel part of the community, because they are aware of that which directly affects them. This social consciousness was shared with dozens of people who were in the auditorium of the Ashfield Boys High School this evening, listening and talking to different political and media representatives at an event entitled, East Belfast Speaks Out.

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Mickey B: Tom Magill at ICAN conference

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by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
25 October 2010

Can the hardest men of Northern Ireland’s maximum security jail perform Shakespere? Can they play the roles of Macbeth and make the audience believe? Tom Magill thought it was possible, and with the Mickey B project demonstrated to the world how such unlikely performers could make people emphasise with the emotions they portrayed. 

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Talent shouldn’t be jailed: Mike Moloney at ICAN conference

VALEIRAS AndreaTalent shouldn’t be jailed – Mike Moloney at ICAN conference
by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
25 October 2010

Art is a right. Free expression is also a right. So, the freedom for anyone express himself through the arts — theatre, writing, fine arts — is a logical conclusion.

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The Gaza Monologues: Iman Aoun at ICAN confernece

VALEIRAS AndreaThe Gaza Monologues: Iman Aoun at ICAN conference
by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
25 October 2010

ASHTAR Theatre is a non-profit organisation developed by two prominent Palestinian actors: Edward Muallem and Iman Aoun. The aim of this project is promote creativity and drive social change, giving voice to those who couldn’t talk before.

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Only living it we know… We Carried Your Secrets (Theatre of Witness)

VALEIRAS AndreaOnly living it we know… We Carried Your Secrets (Theatre of Witness)
by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
25 October 2010

A war brings many fatal consequences, and despite the political and material damage, the worst part is carried by people. It generates many emotions and so much pain and not everyone is able to express it. This leads them to pent up a lot of repressed feelings, only to cause more and more damage.

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“We will tell the world our new story”: ICAN conference

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VALEIRAS Andrea“We will tell the world our new story”: ICAN conference
by Andrea VALEIRAS for Northern Ireland Foundation
21 October 2010

Build a new story and share it with the world is the main challenge in the Derry~Londonderry’s bid to be the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013. And these words could also be the perfect leitmotif for those that decide to express themselves through art.