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An online talk that invites broadcasters, performers & podcasters to discuss opportunities afforded by the spoken word to build communities.

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Alternative media has always been an important mode of communication for building communities and social movements. On the Airwaves invites broadcasters, performers, podcasters to discuss the opportunities afforded by the spoken word. This event considers the rich history of pirate radio stations in Athens (Greece), community radio in Marrickville (Sydney) and podcasting and spoken word from Cork (Ireland).

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Tuesday, 27 July, 10AM Dublin (IST), 7PM Sydney (AEST)


Huna Amweero (screenwriter, radio producer), Ainle Ó Cairealláin (podcaster), Raphael Olympio (artist, rapper, activist, youth worker), Dr. Krini Kafiris (a trainer for sustainable organising and gender/media related issues, a researcher and activist)


Fionnuala O’ Connell

About Networks of Solidarity

Networks of Solidarity is a series of four monthly online talks co-organised by artist/organiser Kate O’Shea and writer/researcher Enya Moore from the Just City Collective. The Networks of Solidarity series aims to strengthen transnational networks of solidarity and deepen awareness of place-based struggles that reverberate from Dublin 8 to Gadigal Country (Sydney, Australia).

Four interconnected and overlapping sessions entitled: In the Roots; Through our Stories; On the Airwaves and Between our Minds will feature presentations and performances from invited artists, activists, community workers, designers, academics, researchers, writers, and filmmakers based largely in Ireland and Australia.

Networks of Solidarity is supported by Common Ground’s The Just City – Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency 2020 - 2021 which is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, with additional support from Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

About The Just City Collective

The Just City Collective - formed by Just City Counter Narrative Neighbourhood resident Kate O’Shea as part of ‘HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? brings together community workers, artists, activists and researchers from around the world exploring ideas and practices around spatial injustices in multiple cities.

About Common Ground

Common Ground is an arts organisation based in Inchicore, in Dublin’s southwest inner city since 1999. We work to progress a diverse cultural model that embraces the challenging social and economic realities of our neighbourhood locations in Dublin 8 & 12. We maximise our local networks and partnerships and seek to embed the role of the arts as a cultural right. We continue to challenge and change how access to the arts should not depend on where you are born, your wealth or identity. In 2020 we awarded artist Kate O’Shea the Just City counter narrative residency award.

About Create

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. A resource organisation for collaborative artists working across artform in social and community contexts, Create offers support through professional development, project opportunities and initiatives such as the Artist in the Community Scheme which Create manages on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland. In addition Create offers training, mentoring, advocacy and ongoing project support. Through our national and international programme we seek to create opportunities for exchange and interaction that benefit a wide constituency of artists, sectors and communities, strengthening the contribution of the arts to society, and encouraging artists and communities to create art that reflects and responds to our times.

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