Young dancers called to Fly the Flag for Human Rights

A unique dance project is calling on young people aged 12-21 to ‘Fly the Flag for Human Rights’, as part of a UK-wide collaboration produced by Fuel who are leading the field in independent producing in the UK’s live performance sector, with the MAC, Eden Court, Sadler’s Wells and Wales Millennium Centre. Filmmakers will be following the process, creating a documentary which will be broadcast later in the year.

The MAC, Belfast is charged with recruiting local 12–14-year-olds who are willing to share their aspirations to change the world and express their experiences through dance. Describing the mounting excitement for the project, Elaine Forde, Creative Learning Manager at the MAC said:

“We are delighted to be part of Fly the Flag, a project which enables people to realise their right to express their ideas and opinions freely, without fear of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity for young people to take part in a project led by some of the world’s leading choreographers and dancers, including Oona Doherty and Rosie Mullin, while having a lot of fun.

We are looking for young people who are passionate about bringing about change in the world – whether environmental, societal, political or basic human rights – and who want to contribute to a fairer society where people’s opinions are respected and valued. If this sounds like you or a young person you know, we want to hear from you.”  

Launched in 2018, on the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Fly The Flag aims to raise awareness of the UDHR amongst young people and enable them to exercise their right to express themselves.

Internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer, Oona Doherty will be leading the project, which will create a physical response to UDHR’s Article 19, the right to freedom of expression and opinion. The award-winning performance artist from Bangor added:

“This year’s Fly The Flag project will be an expansive piece of choreography by dance crews from all over the UK, from all different backgrounds made up of young people who have something to say and want to express that through dance.

We will learn a dance designed to ignite confidence and will. The crew in NI will develop our own original material in response to freedom of expression which will be filmed and broadcast along with the rest of the UK-wide army of young people who will be dancing, shouting and expressing 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.”

Submissions will be accepted from Thursday 22nd July from 10am until midnight on Sunday 25th July, and will close after the first 40 submissions have been received. Early or late entries will not be considered and places are limited, so so applicants are advised not to apply before or after this date and to get their application in quickly. Thirty applicants will be invited to an audition which will take place at the MAC on Thursday 29th July. Auditions will comply fully with COVID restrictions including social distancing to ensure the safety of all those taking part.

The MAC invites applications from non-dancers and dancers. All are welcome.

For more information on the application process and how to get involved, visit


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