Cuala Express Yourself 2018
Express Yourself is a strengths-based collaborative development program that encourages participants to consider their individual wellbeing in the context of community history and women’s stories. It includes activities that promote a healthier lifestyle through developing a greater awareness of self and spiritual knowledge. Our international facilitation team conducted projects in Ireland in 2018 with Rialto Youth Project, Donegal Travellers Project, and Monaghan Integrated Development.
With the participants of Rialto Youth Project we made a film about Rialto community history dating back to when it was called Sacred Place, which is the name of the film we made together.
With young women and men and girls and boys, refugees and asylum seekers who are living in Direct Provision and immigrants living in Monaghan we learned about Monaghan’s ancient history and made a film called I Am Greatness that tells the magical story of the first people who came to Ireland woven with stories of what life is like for young people in Monaghan today.
The young women of Donegal Travellers Project are creative, musical and passionate about Traveller culture and social justice. Together we wrote what might well be the first collaborative song/spoken word piece written by a group of young Traveller women and the girls’ voices recite the lyrics in our film Traveller Genes.
Cuala Club at IBCAT
From January through June 2018 Cuala Culture Club rain most Friday afternoons at Inchicore Bluebell Community Addiction Team (IBCAT) at Kavanagh House in inner city Dublin with children aged 8-13. Some of the children are from the Traveller community. Together we learned about community history and made a film called Island of Sheep, which is what Inchicore means.
Erasmus+ Multicultural Art Italy 2017
Youth from Sallynoggin and Ballybrack travelled to Florence as part of a Cuala Erasmus+ Multicultural Art program and engaged in a week of creative activities with youth from Liverpool. Romania, Spain and Italy that culminated with an exhibition and creative activities at Piazza Santo Spirito in Fierenze to raise awareness about the challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.
Cuala Club Dun Laoghaire
In collaboration with Crosscare we ran a summer project with youth from Ballybrack and Sallynoggin who learned about community history and completed research projects about addiction and animal welfare.
CualaÉire Dublin City Hall 2016
Songwriters and spoken word artists performed at an evening of new voices at Dublin’s City Hall.