Ballygar Arts & Theatre Group present The Elephant in the Room, a Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project celebrating diversity through the themes of People, Perceptions, Privilege and Place.
Running from 14 to 22 September, this community project will host a week of panel discussions, talks, workshops, music, documentary screenings, poetry, performance and visual art.
Community groups have crafted two large elephants which will watch over and illuminate all events – watch the build on Youtube! In Mountbellew, Glenamaddy and Ballygar, secondary school students have created artworks responding to issues of racism. These works will be exhibited along with contributions from emerging and established visual artists. Primary School Students from Mount Talbot and Ballygar have made their own elephants, which will act as lanterns to guide us and shine a light on racism.
Saturday 14 September
8pm – Official Launch by Mark Patrick Hederman
Sunday 15 September
3pm – ‘Journey of 3000 Miles’ – A personal story of seeking refuge
8pm – ‘Who Belongs?’ – Panel Discussion.
Tuesday 17 September
4pm – Shelta/Cant Workshop
8pm – ‘Coppers and Brass’ – Documentary Screening
Wednesday 18 September
8pm – ‘Speak for yourself’ – Responding to racist comments among family and friends
Thurs 19 September
8pm – ‘Direct Provision- Creating a Better Way’ – Local representatives share their views on how to improve the system for those seeking asylum
Friday 20 September
8pm – ‘Fortress Europe’ – Evening of discussion with our MEP’S
Saturday 21 September
10am – ‘Who is my neighbour?’ – Workshop facilitated by Cathleen Mc Donagh, Exchange House
2pm – ‘The Stories we learn: Myths and Assumptions’
Sunday 22 September
8pm – A night of Music with Atmos Collective and friends
Daily screenings of short films Seeking Freedom, Kelvin´s Story
Animation, Drumming Workshops and other events
Monday to Friday – Visual art exhibition open daily
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