Fly the Flag Dance Documentary On Sky Arts 10 December 2021

Next week sees the broadcast of the Fly the Flag project that the MAC was part of earlier this year which saw 12 local young people highlighting Article 19 of the Human Rights Act - the right to freedom of opinion and expression - through dance and art engagement.

This was part of an ambitious new project created by choreographer Oona Doherty alongside four associate artists. This large-scale engagement programme is produced by Fuel Theatre, London, in partnership with Eden Court Highlands, the MAC, Sadler’s Wells, London and Wales Millennium Centre, and in association with Belfast International Arts Festival.

The film, Fly The Flag For Human Rights, was created by young people across the four nations of the UK, and is broadcast by Sky Arts at 9pm on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year’s project saw groups of teenagers in a post-Brexit United Kingdom give voice to their thoughts, their fears, their hopes and their dreams. Taking a look at some of the UK’s big questions as well as some everyday ones, our local 12-14-year-olds created work with a unique and powerful perspective through the use of movement, spoken word and film.

As Oona Doherty said, "they danced, shouted and expressed all that is important to them 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.”

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 defence.