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Inclusivity and Diversity Within the Arts in Ireland


Inclusivity and Diversity within the Arts in Ireland

AGE all ages
WHEN 22nd February 2020, from 2 pm
WHERE Rua Red, Conference Room
DURATION 1 h each panel

“Diversity is the lifeblood of culture”.
Join us for these panel discussions led by Abidemi Taiwo and learn more about projects taking place across Ireland, working to promote intercultural dialogue through the arts.

Abi TaiwoAbidemi is a Healthcare Recruitment Consultant by day. When she’s not working in her regular 9-5 job, she’s hosting and producing her talk show #OnTheCouchWithAbi
She created #OnTheCouchWithAbi in 2016, which focuses on individuals who are paving their own paths in various spheres and challenging the status quo. The talk show features notable individuals who are either budding or established in their respective fields.
Abi’s aim is to bring awareness of African stories and how they integrate with the Irish community whilst celebrating individuals and having a stimulating conversation about social issues and general life beliefs.
Abi is also a member of the current RTE Audience council.

My Voice, My Story

2pm – In conversation with Ines Khai, Sayog Bikram Kunwar Rana and Adiba Jaigirdar


Ines Khai comes from Guadeloupe. Her primary language is Creole and her songs which are written in Creole, tell stories about living in exile, crossing oceans, taking new steps and living through the ups and downs of life. Her music is deeply rooted in the rich culture and the traditions of her country.
Now living in Dublin, she has created a solo repertoire with only guitar and voice to enhance the beautiful creole words and melodies.” David Manning


Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Bangladesh and has been living in Dublin from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent. She is a contributor for Bookriot, North America’s third largest book website. She is also an ESL teacher. Her debut novel “The Henna Wars” will be published by Page Street/MacMillan on May 12 2020, with a second novel following in 2021.

Intercultural Dialogue Through the Arts

4pm – In conversation with Kelvin Akpaloo, Romi Cruanas and Laragh Pittman


Kelvin Akpaloo is an emerging Ghanian-Irish dancer, choreographer and dance facilitator. He is the director of Streets Arts Academy in Adamstown and the choreographer for WAVE an intercultural youth arts ensemble. He has also received a development bursary from South Dublin County Arts Office. He works as facilitator for Eurobug, No Hate Speech Ireland and the National Youth Council.
Kevin will also facilitate one of the Festival workshop, Distinct Afro. Find out more.

Intercultural Dialogue Through the Arts

Romi Cruanas is a Theatre Director, Drama Facilitator, Playwright and Performer based in Dublin.
She lived and trained in Italy, Spain, Argentina and Ireland where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
Her main areas of interest are intercultural and intersectional, transdisciplinary feminist performance.
She is the co-funder of Rather Gather.

Laragh Pittman

Laragh Pittman is a visual artist, uses multiple media for socially engaged art to explore transcultural life in Ireland today.
Laragh worked with artist Clare Louise Bligh and fellow creatives Rafika Rajab, Haruko Otsuka, Basma Hassan & Svetlana Staricova on ‘A Perfect Global City’ for WEMIN:
Migrant Women Empowerment and Integration, a European funded project. The sculptural project was then showcased in Dun Laoghaire town hall Oct 2019, at conference in Athens and in Utopias Dystopias in the Lexicon Dec 2019 to Jan 2020.
She is also a founder member of ‘Welcome Café’ a platform to give voice and visibility to the many different people now living in Ireland. 

Rua Red, the Civic and Tallaght Library are located in Belgard Square, Dublin 24, only seconds from the Tallaght Luas Stop.
BY BUS: 49, 54A, 65, 27, 75, 76, 76A, 77A 
BY LUAS:  Red Line to Tallaght

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