A new play specially commissioned for those living in Direct Provision.

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deities by wearegriot

With the support of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, Festival in a Van with We Are Griot set out to ensure that voices are heard and seen, and all stories told.

In 2023 Festival in a Van commissioned We Are Griot: FELISPEAKS (Felicia Olusanya), Dagogo Hart and Samuel Yakura; three Nigerian Irish poets and storytellers to create a performance piece. The resulting work, Deities, premiered at Balseskin Reception Centre with Festival in a Van on Sunday 6 August 2023.

Thanks to Arts Council funding, Deities is heading on the road more widely in 2024. Join us for the next free, public performance - all welcome!

tUESDAY 9 aPRIL 2024, 12pm – 1.30pm | ucd

Up first as part of this special visit to UCD will be Rhythm Africana performing traditional songs from all over Africa sure to get you dancing.

Soon after WeAreGriot will take to the stage for a performance of Deities, their specially commissioned spoken word theatre piece which explores themes of migration and home. FIAV will also be opening the stage to performances from some UCD students.

All are welcome to this free event which aims to brighten up your lunchbreak and broaden your horizons with some of the best performers on the scene in Ireland today.

Funded by the Arts Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office and made possible through the support of members of UCD’s Creative Futures Academy and College of Arts and Humanities and UCD Estates.