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.
Today, in the era of mass media we often hear that if you do not appear in television, you don’t exist. But the reality is different — the truth is that if you don’t express yourself, you don’t exist.
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.
“Theatre and peace are siblings. We can’t have one without help the other”. With these words, Erik Ehn explains why the performance arts can help the reconciliation process and overcome the conflict.
The American dancer Martha Graham said that great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
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.
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.
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.