DDF News — 12 Jun 2020

Black Lives Matter dance in solidarity

Black Lives Matter dance in solidarity

The Welcoming Project will host a Dance & Donate event online on zoom in solidarity with BLACK LIVES MATTER and people in Direct Provision in Ireland.

Wed 17th June, 7pm (GMT+1)

The Welcoming Project has invited Yah’Ya Kamate from Ivory Coast, who teaches West African dance at the Ailey Extension in New York to lead an online class in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters. The class is open to everyone, will last 1hour and will also feature brief contributions by speakers from Black Lives Matter and from MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Initiative) Ireland.

All donations will be split 50:50 between BLM charity and MASI Ireland – organisations that combat racism in the US and Ireland.

We invite all to join us, to come together in solidarity and to dance against racism. Dance is a way to bring communities together and make positive change in our world. The event is free and registration is required. The level will be accessible to all and will allow communities to show their solidarity from their homes.

Join us to:

"Dance your anger and your joys, 
Dance the military guns to silence,
Dance oppression and injustice to death,
Dance my people,
For we have seen tomorrow."
— Ken Saro Wiwa


Date: Wednesday 17 June
Time: 7pm (GMT+1)
Facebook Event

Class is FREE. To receive zoom link, email: thewelcomingprojectireland@gmail.com

BLM Zoom. Dance & Donate is presented by The Welcoming Project in partnership with the Catherine Young Dance, Big Bang Festival, Kerry County Council & Creative Ireland Programme.

The Welcoming Project

The Welcoming Project was initiated in 2016 by Catherine Young Dance to foster cultural integration and social inclusion and combat racism through dance. Initiated in Kerry, it has run programmes in Dublin, Longford, Galway, Limerick and Clare and through African dance, Palestinian Dabke, Irish dance and contemporary dance – striving for equality, inclusion and understanding of one another’s cultures. More about The Welcoming Project.

Supported by The Arts Council, Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland & Siamsa Tire.