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STAND bring 8x8 Festival to UCD

October 19, 2017

From October 2nd - 6th 2017, Stand.ie brought the 8x8 Festival to the UCD campus. This year's festival focused on the rights of refugees and the things we take for granted, that refugees struggle with every day. Helen and Muireann, the two students who coordinated the event in UCD, ran numerous events during the week. They began by displaying a powerful photography exhibition entitled "Freedom" in front of the James Joyce Library. On the first day of the festival, they had students get into a traced dinghy, and reflect on how that felt. Many complained that their legs were tired and then they were asked to imagine what it would be like to be in a dinghy that size in the mediterranean, with double number of people. Students said they would be "terrified", "alone", "hungry" and "cold". Later in the week, they screened an original documentary by Caoimhe Butterly, also by the name of "Freedom," and hosted guest speakers Liam Thorton and Rory O'Neill. On Tuesday evening, Helen and Muireann teamed up with UCD's Music Society to hold an Open Mic Night at the campus' clubhouse bar. At the event, representatives from Stand.ie spoke about the refugee crisis and about their movement. Dozens of students went up to the stage to sing and play their instruments. It was amazing to see how so many different people can come together for an important cause simply because of music. The 8x8 Festival at UCD ended with a volunteering information session for students who were interested in getting involved with the cause. In the following weeks, the festival will be traveling to NUI Galway, UCC, and DIT Aungier Street. Anyone who is interested in taking action or learning more about the refugee crisis should make sure to attend these events! Making a difference on a global scale starts with taking action in your community. 

 

 

 

 

 

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