“We can’t always unite with religion and politics, but we can with arts. The arts offer a universal language which transcends social differences. Education doesn’t only have to happen in the classroom, we can learn through sharing experiences and through shared experience.”
Keren Jackson, BlueFire CEO
BlueFire is a non profit social enterprise that aims to facilitate social integration through artistic events. With 17% of residents born outside of Ireland we now have the opportunity to ‘travel the world in 40 steps’. To make this vision a reality, we will be hosting the ‘BlueFire Street Fest’ on September 20th.
Here is some information about the festival:
- It will happen in Smithfield Square and it is completely free
- It is an all ages, alcohol free festival
- We are actively seeking and encouraging collaboration with individuals, local arts & community groups
Activities will include:
- Live Music
- Artistic Workshops (Drumming, dance etc)
- Street Performers
- Kids Corner
- Language exchanges
The Festival, now in its second year, is based on a framework of community development and collaborative involvement that promotes socio-cultural integration.
The team here at BlueFire which comprises of dedicated volunteers and interns is now working tirelessly to ensure this festival is a success. We love what we do, but we cannot do it alone. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make the festival accessible for more people and will cover the costs of artist expenses, production, marquees and tents, materials for our workshops and Art installations. Travel the world in 40 steps with our festival and invest in your local community to discover an Aladdin’s cave of cultural delights.
“Across various strategies, the arts and culture stand out as a useful means of developing the target group’s capacity to make informed choices and take action on awareness-raising. By giving voice to the unheard, and displaying images otherwise unseen, the arts can create the conditions for discussion around multiple identities and negotiating differences.”
NCPI's Handbook for Integration for Policy Makers and Practitioners, 3rd Edition.