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Declare and Protest - An Online Broadcast

Friday September 18th, 7:15pm Premiere on Tallaght Community Arts YouTube channel

In 1948 the UN Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations.

In the intervening 72 years artists and musicians internationally have taken inspiration from the declaration whenever events in the wider world have threatened or exposed human rights abuses.

The Covid19 pandemic, the international response to George Floyd's murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement have provoked young artists from across South Dublin to respond to these events.

Tallaght Community Arts and Alternative Entertainments have worked with young musicians and performers to explore the history and role of Protest Songs and the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Musicians from Alternative Entertainments – SubSounds Music Collective have the created a new song for 2020 and recorded classic protest songs.

Performers from Tallaght Community Arts – Rising Generation have recorded the 31 Articles of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on location at the Pearse Museum.

An installation of placards of the Preamble and 30 Articles of the Declaration will be in the walled garden of the Pearse Museum from Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 September.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This is a landmark document in the history of human rights. Ratified on December 10th 1948, the declaration affirms a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It aims to universally protect fundamental human rights and has been translated into 500 languages worldwide.

Alternative Entertainments/SubSounds Music Collective

ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENTS is a dynamic arts resource and production company that has been operating since 1982. The majority of Alternative Entertainments’ activities are carried out in the south Dublin region. Its annual programme features the music education projects The Des Carty Music School, a 3-term instrument tuition school focusing on traditional music which is open to people of all levels aged 6-years upwards, and SubSounds, a project aimed at 14-18 year-olds that offers the county’s young musicians an introduction to the Irish music industry, tutoring in composition, arrangement, recording and performing, and preparation for possible 3rd level music education. The organisation runs the traditional music festivals The Des Carty Sessions and The Mickey McKenna Festival, and The AltEnts’ Children’s Arts Fest. They are one of the contributors to South County Dublin’s annual winter festival Unwrapped.

SUBSOUNDS is a music collective open to young people aged 14 - 18yrs with a passion for song writing, music composition and/or music performance. It is developed and managed by a partnership made up of Alternative Entertainments, Music Generation South Dublin and CONTACT Studio (a south Dublin County Council initiative) and runs annually from October to April. The participants work with professional musicians, host their own gigs, record and release an album, and take part in a variety of performances. Writing sessions, workshops, rehearsals and demo recording take place every Wednesday evening & participants are chosen on the basis of application.

The course explores the following areas:

Songwriting, crafting an idea into a song lyric, Song structure and form, Song arrangements, Music Production/Post Production, Sequencing a song arrangement, Studio Recording Techniques, Studio Performance Techniques, Post Production Processes i.e. Mixing, E.Q., Compression, FX, Composing Music for Film and Other Media, Live Sound Performance techniques, Music Tuition, Instrumental and Vocal Workshops, Basic notation and score, Singing Techniques, Study and Career Paths in Music and Related Fields

Participants work on individual and group projects over the six-month period. They record demos all year in CONTACT Studio in RUA RED Arts Centre, and in February record each year’s Project Album in the world-famous Windmill Studios. The album is launched at an end of year performance in The Grand Social, a city centre venue, where all participants perform a selection of songs composed that year. A team of mentors, made up of experienced musicians and music industry professionals, deliver the main body of the course. Various supplementary talks and workshops are given by industry-professionals in some of the areas listed above. Each participant finishes the year having created, recorded and performed new work.

Alternative Entertainments/SubSounds Music Collective workshops
Members of the Alternative Entertainments/SubSounds Music Collective

Tallaght Community Arts/Rising Generation

Tallaght Community Arts creates opportunities for artists and the people of South Dublin County to explore together the transformative and celebratory power of the arts for the wellbeing of all. Our work focuses on participatory arts, encouraging and supporting people of all ages to be involved in the making of art. We make work in the heart of the community; in schools, community gardens, football stadiums and individual people’s homes – as well as in designated arts spaces.

We have a number of core programmes: Double TAKE STUDIO & Doors to Elsewhere working with people living with a disability, Street Arts Academy, a cultural leadership project rooted in Hip Hop culture, Creative Campus partnering 2ndLevel students with graduates from NCAD with an Artist curator to create visual arts work beyond a gallery setting and our annual ActUP Theatre Festival with secondary schools.

We are part of the artist team producing South County Dublin’s annual winter festival Unwrapped

Tallaght Community Arts - Rising Generation Workshops

Rising Generation is an ensemble of emerging young performance artists from South Dublin County interested in site-specific performance and devised theatre performance.

Established following Tallaght Community Arts AERIDHEACHT – Taking the Air 1916 centenary project; Rising Generation has been active in presenting Gaza Monologues at Civic Theatre in 2018 plus annual Unwrapped Festival and Culture Night events at Pearse Museum since 2016.

It is a loose affiliation of young artists, associated with Tallaght Community Arts ActUP Festival and Street Arts Academy plus alumni from Carousel Theatre.

It’s aim is to create opportunities for the young artists to work alongside more experienced performance artists to make work for diverse audiences on a project by project basis.

Who are Rising Generation?

Tochi Ugochukwu

Tochi is currently in her second year studying Creative Digital Media in TU Dublin Blanchardstown. Tochi is a crew member in the Street Arts Academy dance group based in Tallaght, a group which she joined over 6 years ago.

Tochi has participated with Tallaght Community Arts during the annual Unwrapped Festival held each Christmas period as well as the annual Culture Night held in the Pearse Museum and in the Great Rope of Tallaght with Tallaght Community Arts.

Tochi also participated in the Noise Moves Youth Dance Festivals 2017-19 in the Civic Theater in Tallaght,

Many changes, through many challenges have occurred since the time of the first publication of The Declaration of Human Rights. People often forget their rights, while others abuse the same rights to their own advantage. The Declare and Protest is a reminder for the many rights people may have forgotten, reminding people of the power behind it.

Sailí Áine Ní Mhurchú

Sailí Áine Ní Mhurchú is a second year student of the Technological University Dublin Drama Performance degree. A previous member of the Gaiety School of Acting Youth Musical Theatre ensemble, Sailí Áine has much experience with the stage.

She has taken part in many of Tallaght Community Arts’s projects such as ActUp Festivals ’16,&’17 and Gaza Monologues, as well as many musicals in The Civic theatre. She was also a part of the cast of ‘The Suppliant Women’ for the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Declare & Protest project is important to me because it expresses how every human being should be valued and respected always, regardless of gender, religion or race. It feels as though this has been forgotten recently, and this project reminds us all of that.

Ashley Makombe

With a strong background in the arts, Ashley has worked with Tallaght Community Arts - Aeridheacht 2016, The Gaza Monologues 2018, Culture Night ‘17,’18 &’19.

She attended Carousel Theatre School & Happy Days School of Performing Arts.

Ashley participated in Eurobug Lithuania, Eurobug Youthchat Ireland, Tallaght Young Filmmakers, Rua Red Youth Arts Council, NOISE Flicks film festival and Her International Film Festival 2020.

She is a Co-Founder of The GALPAL Collective, an online Arts &Media organisation for Women, People of Colour and Non-Binary Folk.

Ashley is currently a 2nd year Journalism student at Technological University Dublin.

Jack Jones

Jack started acting at the age of 8 with Carousel Theatre School at Rua Red, Tallaght. Over ten years he completed his Trinity -Guildhall exams, leading to him being nominated for the Trinity Talent Awards.

Jack has worked with Tallaght Community Arts from acting to stage management and direction - Unwrapped 2010-2019, Gaza Monologues 2018 & Culture Nights 2016-2020.

He has also been involved in international exchanges with artists from Lithuania, New York and Portugal. Jack Co-Hosted and Co-Scripted the Cruinniú na nÓg Arts Festival 2020 for South Dublin. Jack has been involved and connected to other organisations and groups such as YouthChat, Eurobug, Léargus and The National Youth Council of Ireland.

Jack is studying Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin

For me the reading of the UN Declaration of Human Rights is very important because not many people understand what it is written in it, and how monumental it was to be agreed upon.

Ugonna Ugochukwu

Ugonna is a 5th year student in Kishoge Community College, Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Ugonna is a crew member in the Street Arts Academy dance group based in Tallaght, a group which he joined over 6 years ago. Ugonna has participated in Tallaght Community Arts during the annual Unwrapped festival held each Christmas period as well as the annual Culture Nights held in the Pearse Museum.

Ugonna also participated in the Noise Moves Youth Dance Festival 2017-19 in the Civic Theater in Tallaght.

The Human Rights has impacted many people's lives and this Declare and Protest Campaign will revive these Rights to show the united power behind these important words.

Hannah Mahon

Hannah is an Applied Psychology student, currently studying at IADT Dun Laoghaire. Hannah is a past student of Carousel Theater School where her interest in the arts first developed.

In 2018 Hannah took part in Tallaght Community Arts, Gaza Monologues at the Civic Theatre Tallaght.

In today’s society, many challenges and tragedies present themselves across the globe. DECLARE AND PROTEST serves as a reminder of our past and how we want our world to be moving forward. DECLARE AND PROTEST raises questions about how we may achieve a better world for ourselves and future generations.

SuMaira Chady

SuMaira Chady was born in Mauritius and came to live in Ireland with my family when I was twelve. She completed her Leaving Certificate in 2019 and is studying fashion design in Colaiste Dhulaigh.

SuMaira loves to dance and perform. She performed in Falling with the SoloSIRENS Collective as part of the SoloSIRENS Festival at Civic Theatre in October 2019. She is currently working on a new work being developed for Tallaght Community Arts by SoloSIRENS collective directed by Jenny Macdonald & produced byJennifer Webster

Being part of the Declare & Protest project was an amazing experience. It delivers a very important message and I hope it reaches people out there.

Vlad Gurdis

Vlad is a facilitator, theatre maker and Co-Director of Freshly Ground Theatre based in Tallaght. He holds a B.A in Anthropology (Maynooth University) and M.A in Theatre Practice (University College Dublin), two passions he interweaves in making accessible, engaging and socially reflective work that encourages action towards better a future.

Vlad has collaborated with Tallaght Community Arts (TCA) during the annual Unwrapped festival as well as multiple international arts exchanges (London, Coimbra, New York). He recently represented TCA in Belgium as part of Victoria Deluxe’s international The Art of Organising Hope project.

Recent credits include director/performer in Play Apart as part of Crunniú na nÓg arts festival (Freshly Ground Theatre); performer/devising team in Ode to a Postcode (Freshly Ground Theatre, Dublin Fringe Festival 2019).

As we head into a new decade, we are faced with numerous challenges that question how we will live and organise with one another, locally and globally. Challenging times demand unity, though at times prove divisive and some sow discord themselves. The significance of DECLARE AND PROTEST is in how it reminds us of our power to agree and unite behind aspirational ideals for our collective greater good, by bringing the past to the present via the voices of the future.

The UN Declaration Of Human Rights Preamble and 30 Articles

At the Pearse Museum

An installation of placards of the Preamble and 30 Articles of the Declaration will be in the walled garden of the Pearse Museum from Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 September.

The Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park was where Patrick Pearse lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school, Scoil Éanna, between 1910-16. Set in nearly fifty acres of beautiful parkland, the museum tells the story of Patrick Pearse and his brother William, both of whom were executed for their part in the 1916 Rising. The Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park are operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.

Pearse became interested in education, through his work as an Irish language activist and founded Scoil Éanna in 1908 to provide ‘distinctly Irish in complexion, bilingual in method, and of a high modern type generally’. However, from the very beginning, his vision for education was about more than just the Irish language. Pearse believed it was about nurturing and inspiring young people and recognising their individuality and unique gifts.

As a teacher, Pearse felt his role was to help and inspire each child ‘to be his own true and best self.’ With that in mind, Pearse encouraged and nurtured his pupils’ creativity and talents, regardless of whether those talents lay in academic pursuits, sport, art, music, writing or theatre.

The Museum’s ongoing association with Tallaght Community Arts(TCA) which began back in 2014, is thus a continuation and a reimagining of Pearse’s legacy. Pearse moved the school to Rathfarnham in 1910 because he believed its historic associations and natural beauty would provide an environment which would inspire and nurture the talents of his pupils. The amazing work created by the young people involved in TCA’s various projects here over the years is a vindication of that belief.

Just months before the 1916 Rising, Pearse laid out his vision for Irish education in a pamphlet entitled ‘The Murder Machine’. For Pearse, real education rested on two principles, ‘first, freedom for the individual, and secondly, an adequate inspiration.

DECLARE AND PROTEST, the latest TCA Culture Night project to be nurtured and developed in the surroundings of St. Enda’s, takes its inspiration from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document which has at its heart a belief in in the importance and unique value of every human being, and the inalienable right to human dignity and freedom.

It also echoes much of Pearse’s vision for his society and the type of education which he attempted to realise in St. Enda’s over a century ago. In one of the most striking passages of ‘The Murder Machine’, Pearse wrote:

‘I plead for freedom within the law, for liberty, not licence, for that true freedom which can exist only where there is discipline, which exists in fact because each, valuing his own freedom, respects also the freedom of others’

Sailí Áine at the Pearse Museum
Installation at the Pearse Museum
Installation at the Pearse Museum

Who are the SubSounds Musicians?

Louise Sharkey

My name is Louise and I'm from Bancroft, Tallaght, and have been a member of SubSounds since 2017. I am a singer/songwriter. I also play guitar, piano and bass.

Anthony Dunne

Hi my name is Anthony Dunne. I did the Protest Song camp and i was asked just to write a couple of sentences for you guys: "The protest song camp made me realize that sometimes lyrics aren't just words , it would amaze you how some songs have a meaning that you never knew about "

Daniel Brennan

I play guitar and this was my first year doing SubSounds. The protest week camp was really fun and it was good seeing everyone.

Jack Costigan

I thought this Project was really interesting to take part in because it was a different challenge for everyone in SubSounds to what we would normally do.

The songs that were picked really related to the topic of the project ‘Declaration Of Human Rights’.

Molly Byrne

I'm Molly and I've been in the course a year, this project is important to me because I can express myself and I can focus more on music than anything else.

Ryan Whelan

Hellooo, I’m Ryan W and I’ve been doing subsounds for the past three years. I really enjoyed taking part in this album because it’s a cool way to spread awareness and it’s always fun to jam out to some great tunes!!

Evan Garry

Declare and Protest project was very fun to be a part of, it was great finding out that all these songs I knew so well have great messages behind them.

Josh Barrett

I loved recording these protest songs. I think these songs are really important as they made people think and change society's ways for the better. It's also important that we as young people are singing and playing these tunes as it highlights that we as a collective have a voice and need to be heard.

Eimear O'Neill

Hi, I’m Eimear O’Neill, and I've been in SubSounds for 2 years now. I think this project is brilliant because it reminds people of the social, and political differences we all have. it helps show that we ,the younger generation, aren't just mindlessly on our phones, we are just as outraged at certain political and social issues as older generations are, and were. This is important to me, because I won't stand for these issues, and I think the songs' messages show that in a great way.

Jamie Tobin

I really enjoyed the protest camp , it was a good 2 weeks with a lot of hard work put in .... I think it's gonna be a really strong album, I really enjoyed making it and it felt like we were all standing up for the things that matter. I hope people like it!

Caodán Connolly

The album is important to me because the whole message of it is standing for what's right and I believe in that and I'm proud to work with other talented people.

Megan McGarry

I’m Megan, I’ve been in SubSounds the past 4 years, I also met my band that I’m with now Groove Killer through SubsSounds.

I really enjoyed working on this project because I thought it was a great idea to create a sort of soundtrack that people could listen to in order to get into that state of mind that change needs to happen and that we’re prepared to protest in order to get it.

Megan wrote the song Snakepit

Declare and Protest Album

Declare & Protest is part of a larger project involving the SubSounds Collective and Tallaght Community Arts celebrating the UN Declaration of Human Rights and exploring the history and role that popular music has played in the pursuit of human rights through the 20th and 21st centuries. The participants of SubSounds got together for 2 weeks in August 2020 and work-shopped a long list of 25 songs (culled from a playlist of 84). During these sessions they discussed the various songs and artists, and eventually chose the final 10 that appear on this album. The recordings were done over five days and were live and intense. Some of that passion and intensity comes through on this album. The album will be released on September 18th 2020 as part of the overall DECLARE & PROTEST Culture Night launch.

The album will be available to download or stream at the link below from midnight Thursday 17th September. Further details can be found at www.subsounds.ie

https://subsoundsdc.bandcamp.com/album/declare-protest

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE ALBUM ON BANDCAMP WILL BE DONATED TO THE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND

TRACKLIST

1. Bella Ciao – Megan McGarry (Traditional. Arrangement by Marc Ribot & Tom Waits)

2. Nina Cried Power – Molly Byrne (Written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne)

3. Blowing in the Wind – Josh Barrett (Written by Bob Dylan)

4. Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted – Megan McGarry (Written by Billy Bragg)

5. Big Yellow Taxi – Louise Sharkey (Written by Joni Mitchell)

6. Just a Girl – Eimear O’Neill, Kara Doyle & Megan McGarry (Written by Gwen Stefani & Tom Dumont)

7. Working Class Hero – Kara Doyle (Written by John Lennon)

8. Everywhere – Megan McGarry (Written by Greg Trooper & Sid Griffin)

9. The Island – Jamie Tobin (Written by Paul Brady)

10. Snakepit – Megan McGarry (Written by Megan McGarry)

Bella Ciao Song Lyrics

One fine morning I woke up early

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao

One fine morning I wioke up early

Find the fascist at my door

And if I die O, Oh partisan O

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao

Goodbye beautiful

Partisan O please take me with you

I’m not afraid anymore

And if I die O, Oh partisan O

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao

Goodbye beautiful

Bury me up on that mountain

‘Neath the shadow of the flowers

So all the people, the people passing

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao

Goodbye beautiful

So all the people, the people passing

And say all ‘what a beautiful flower’

This is the flower of the partisan

Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao

This is the flower of the partisan

Who died for freedom.

Snakepit Song Lyrics

Hi there, can I speak to you just for a second

Cause every minute of your time is precious

It’s running low

Right now someone’s mother or brother was taken

Because a man in a suit needed space so

They had to go

Tell me how we spend all our money so wisely

On a faulty printer or some coffee

I wanna know

But when we question what they are doing about refugees

Or how there’s people dying waiting in A and E

They don’t wanna know

If you don’t have money you don’t have fame

You’re already losing get out of the race

Nobody questions, nobody cares

If you don’t make a sound you won’t know that you’re there

Hi there, can I speak to you just for a second

Cause every minute of your time is precious

It’s running low

Right now someone’s mother or brother was taken

Because a man in a suit needed space so

They had to go

Tell me how we spend all out money so wisely

On a faulty printer or some coffee

I wanna know

But when we question what they are doing about refugees

Or how there’s people dying waiting in A and E

They don’t wanna know

If you don’t have money you don’t have fame

You’re already losing get out of the race

Nobody questions, nobody cares

If you don’t make a sound you won’t know that you’re there

Ideally, working class people have no say in our economy

They build a chamber we sit with no autonomy

It’s grim I know

Secrets behind closed doors in the Dáil, it’s a snakepit

Egos, agendas, power, it’s all sacred

No one can know

If you don’t have money you don’t have fame

You’re already losing get out of the race

Nobody questions, nobody cares

If you don’t make a sound you won’t know that you’re there

If you don’t have money you don’t have fame

You’re already losing get out of the race

Nobody questions, nobody cares

If you don’t make a sound you won’t know that you’re there

Our Artists and Musicians

From Alternative Entertainments/Subsounds Music Collective

The Musicians

Meghan McGarry, Jamie Tobin, Eimear O'Neill, Kara Doule, Evan Garry, Ryan Whelan, Anthony Dunne, Molly Byrne, Jack Costigan, Louise Sharkey, Josh Barrett, Caodán Connolly, Daniel Brennan and Daire McCann.

The Mentors

Martin Moran, Elton Mullally, Hugh O'Dwyer, Lyndsey Lawlor, Rob Davis, Ciara Dalton and Gerry Horan

From Tallaght Community Arts - Rising Generation

The Performers

Hannah Mahon, Ashley Makombe, SuMaira Chady, Jack Jones, Ugonna Ugochukwu, Tochi Ugochukwu, Sailí Áine Ní Mhurchú

Director of Readers

Vlad Gurdis

Declare and Protest is produced by

Tony Fegan, Tallaght Community Arts and Martin Moran, Alternative Entertainments

Culture Night, brought to you by the Arts Council

For more information check our websites