New human rights festival pops up in Glasgow in March

Declaration will feature a mix of discussions and performances from campaigners and writers

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Declaration Festival wants to get people talking,Declaration Festival wants to get people talking

Jenny Lindsay (pictured) will curate a night of performance at Declaration festival,Jenny Lindsay (pictured) will curate a night of performance at Declaration festival

‘We decided that an interesting way to kick-start a bigger public conversation about a human rights-based approach to healthcare would be to go right back to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and look at each article in turn, thinking afresh about what each one means for people in Scotland today,’ says Andrew Eaton-Lewis.

The result is Declaration, a festival of conversations, provocations and performances from thinkers, campaigners and writers across Scotland. Co-organiser Eaton-Lewis felt the time was right. ‘The conversation has been getting a bit louder in recent years – for example, on International Human Rights Day in 2013, the Scottish Human Rights Commission launched 'Scotland's National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), which has shaped some of the thinking on this subject.’

Partnering with NHS Health Scotland, the Mental Health Foundation, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and the University of Strathclyde, some highlights include a 50th anniversary screening of Cathy Come Home, Ken Loach’s docudrama about homelessness; a night of performance exploring the ‘right to rest and leisure’ curated by Rally & Broad’s Jenny Lindsay; and the Glasgow Girls’ Amal Azzudin discussing the right to asylum

‘It'll also bring together people from the health sector, campaigners, writers, film-makers, musicians and theatre performers,’ says Eaton-Lewis, ‘and, most importantly, some of the people most affected by breaches of human rights in healthcare.’

Declaration, various venues, Glasgow, Thu 3–Sun 6 Mar.

Declaration Festival

A new festival supporting health and human rights through a mix of conversation, provocations and performance from writers, campaigners, performers and thinkers from Scotland and further afield.

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