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Fly The Flag

10 Dec - 10 Dec 2021

Celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19

Fly The Flag launched in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), with artist and activist Ai Weiwei commissioned to design a flag as a symbol for Human Rights.

Since launching 100s of arts organisations, schools and charities have displayed the flag across the UK and creative opportunities have been programmed, and children and young people have learnt about and celebrated Human Rights. The flag is central to the campaign and continues to be flown in recognition of our Human Rights, as an act of both celebration and defense.

This year, Fly The Flag highlights Article 19 – the right to freedom of opinion and expression – in an ambitous new project created by choreographer Oona Doherty alongside four associate artists. This large-scale engagement programme is produced by Fuel in partnership with Eden Court Highlands, The MAC, Sadler’s Wells and Wales Millennium Centre, and in association with Belfast International Arts Festival. It will culminate with the release of a new film, Fly The Flag For Human Rights, created by young people across the four nations of the UK, broadcast by Sky Arts at 9pm on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Oona Doherty said: “This year’s Fly the Flag project will expand my choreography and the sugar army with crews all over the UK from all different backgrounds. We will learn a dance designed to ignite confidence and will. From our crews we will develop our own original material in response to freedom of expression. Sky Arts will film this UK wide army of young people. Dancing, shouting and expressing all that to them is important and what needs to change. This is the future. The good, the bad and the ugly truth of it. And we’re dancing about it.”

To follow this year’s work watch this space or head directly to  Fly The Flag’s website.


Full details, including partners and commissioned artists, can be found here.

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