Events and Activities
Buildings across the world will Fly The Flag from their buildings to celebrate 70 years of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and to mark that Human Rights are for everyone, every day. In addition, our co-producers and Advocates are developing a series of events and activities that will take place during Fly The Flag week.
The Donmar Warehouse will bring together writers with school and community groups for a 6-month project culminating during Fly The Flag week. Writing Wrongs will create new work, inspired by Ai Weiwei’s flag, to be shared online as short films and performed live in 5 public spaces across London. People across the UK will be invited to contribute by writing and filming their own responses on the theme of universal human rights.
Sadler’s Wells will host a public talk on Monday 24 June, marking the beginning of Fly The Flag week. The free event will see artists and human rights professionals explore the role of the arts in promoting reflection and debate on human rights. It will also fly Ai Weiwei’s flag from the façade of its building, in London’s Rosebery Avenue, throughout the week.
Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021
Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021 will spotlight the everyday heroism and grassroots activism of the city’s community through the year-long #HumansOfCov campaign using photography, poetry and play commissions with artists and communities to spark conversations about human rights and tell the stories of everyday people across the city. Accompanied by an education programme about human rights in schools, Coventry City of Culture will Fly The Flag across all major activities during the year, continuing to shine a spotlight on the city’s activism, pioneering spirit and welcome.
Farnham Maltings will produce a bespoke bespoke quilted version of Ai Weiwei’s flag which will be on display at The Maltings during Fly The Flag week.
The Maltings social community craft group will work with quilter Brigitte Gillespie and the Quilters Guild groups to produce the flag. Anyone is welcome to join the community group who meet at The Malting’s every Thursday morning to contribute to the making of the quilt.
The public can leave their mark around the National Theatre, at an outdoor, participation event during Fly The Flag week, which invites everyone to contemplate what human rights means to them.
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival in locations across Greenwich, East London and the City of London – will take human rights onto the streets with spectacular outdoor performances in the heart of the local community. GDIF will Fly The Flag at thematically-linked events and activities in Bow, Thamesmead and Canary Wharf during the last week of June.
Events at GDIF include MO and the Red Ribbon by Compagnie L’Homme Debout, a spectacular promenade production which will see a giant puppet move through the streets of East London, exploring the experience of migration from a child’s perspective.
One of France’s most-acclaimed circus companies, Compagnie XY will bring an acrobatic exploration of people and place to Thamesmead with Les Voyages. Shining a light on humanity and our need to be nurtured and supported, the event will see the company working closely with local people on the Moorings Estate in Thamesmead.
Talawa’s The Tide is a story centred on migration, telling the tale of a dinghy washed up on a shore carrying the hopes, aspirations and dreams of its passengers as they clamber onto land. On Edge by Justice in Motion explores the experience of six men working on a construction site. Told through athletic choreography on a vertiginous parkour construction site and created in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse AuthorityOn Edge, this is the story of how modern slavery exists under our noses. Both The Tide and On Edge will be performed as part of Dancing City in Canary Wharf and commissioned by Without Walls.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Liberty
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Liberty will engage their networks of supporters across the world. Human Rights Watch will be flying the flag at existing events and activities throughout 2019, whilst Amnesty International will promote the campaign to schools, universities, trade unions, community groups and specialist human rights networks ensuring the flag is flown widely in both physical and digital spaces. Liberty will invite its members to engage directly by encouraging them to hold events including talks, coffee mornings, book clubs and cultural events at which people can come together to discuss and celebrate universal human rights.
More programme to be announced.