Update: Outlandish Theatre Platform presents WoW Awards Portraits for Culture Night
14ú Meán Fomhair 2020

Update: Outlandish Theatre Platform presents WoW Awards Portraits for Culture Night

As part of Culture Night 2020 on 18th September, Outlandish Theatre Platform will launch their Women on Women (WoW) project which is co-funded by Creative Europe. WoW is a project by women on women which addresses issues of gender equality in a diverse and multicultural Europe.

For Culture Night on 18th September in Dublin, Outlandish Theatre Platform will present a series of screenings of mini digital portraits: 

  • Offline: Women on Women (WoW) Awards 2020: Portraits Film Screening, 8pm - 10:30pm at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Outlandish Theatre Platform launch film portraits of five inspiring women who have made extraordinary contributions to radical social change and gender equality. Each WoW award winner introduces her work and vision in a location of importance in film portraits made with filmmaker Jeda de Brí and Outlandish Theatre Platform. Wheelchair accessible and no booking required. 
  • Online - Women on Women (WoW) Awards 2020: Portraits Film Screening. Outlandish Theatre Platform presents Women on Women / WoW, with an introduction by Helen O’Donoghue with Maud Hendricks and Bernie O’Reilly. Watch live from 7.35pm on IMMA's  Facebook page here

The portraits represent the winners of the Irish strand of the WoW awards and honours their vision of radical change. Outlandish collaborated with filmmaker Jeda De Brí to produce film portraits with each woman as part of  digital project. It aims to provoke key questions on gender in relation to public representation and to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of all the women highlighted by the grassroots nomination process used in the project.

The WoW awardees are Marie Mulholland, a life-long campaigner for many social justice issues including lesbian and gay rights, gender equality and reproductive rights. She currently heads up West Cork Women Against Violence, a West Cork domestic violence organisation; Caoimhe Butterly, human rights campaigner; Catherine Joyce, leading Traveller activist; Éadaoin Kelly, school principal and education campaigner; and Mavis Ramazani, global citizenship educator, domestic violence survivor and single mother. With Culture Night focussing on a global digital presence, OTC's collaboration with its European partners is representative of the goal of enhancing local and global partnerships.

Outlandish Theatre is the Irish participant in the Women on Women arts project, funded by Creative Europe's Co-operation Projects funding scheme. Wow is led by City of Women (Slovenia) and partners with Prostor Rodne I Medijske Kulture K-Zona, (Croatia) and Tiiiit!inc, Skopje, (North Macedonia).

'With four partners from across the Balkans and Ireland, the Women on Women project seeks to address burning issues of gender equality in a diverse and multicultural Europe, through a historical and contemporary perspective – promoting girls and women’s empowerment by strengthening their voices and participation, and providing a new model of social and economic integration of migrant, refugee and minority groups of women.'

Maud Hendricks and Bernie O’Reilly, founders of Outlandish, were interested in the overall premise of the WOW project and its aim to explore the transformative processes of arts participation in relation to gender, human rights, cultural diversity and equality of access to culture and the arts. They were also keen to open a debate on the position of migrant women and those underrepresented in cultural and civic activities, and to examine the ways in which cultural projects can creatively encourage autonomy and self-representation to challenge stereotypes.

WoW Awards Film Portraits & Discussion, IMMA, 19th September, 2020

Outlandish Theatre Platform will launch film portraits of five inspiring women who have made extraordinary contributions to radical social change and gender equality at the People's Pavilion, Irish Museum of Modern Art. A panel discussion with the awardees will focus on their attitudes to gender equality and campaigning for change. Places are limited. If you would like to book your free place, email Andrea on andrea.marrinan@imma.ie.

Women on Women is co-funded by Creative Europe and in Ireland the project is also supported by the Arts Council, Dublin City Arts Office and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature with additional support through Culture Night, IMMA and Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.