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Resistance Cultures Festival – Day 2

About Resistance Cultures Festival – Day 2

2022 marks one hundred years of Irish independence and sixty years of Algerian independence.

Bringing together Algerian and Irish photographers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, scholars and writers for the first time, this three-day festival will explore the common anti-colonial resistance histories across these two key moments in the global end of European Empires.

Exploring women’s histories, identities, violence, memory, futures, this unique cross-cultural conversation of rare screenings and performances accompanies the two live cine-concert of the Battle of Algiers by Asian Dub Foundation.

Speakers include Elaine Mokhtefi, Rabah Aissaoui, Steve Savale, Alan O’Leary, Nadja Makhlouf, Martin Evans, Sarah El-Hamed, Paul Torley, Hédia Yelles-Chaouche, Liz Finnigan, Djamel Mrah, Jane Ohlmeyer, Mairéad Ni Bhriain, Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Síobhra Aiken, Breandán de Gallaí, Pat Crowley, Aoife Connolly, Dónal Hassett, Belkacem Belmekki, Sarah Dunstan, Fearghal McGarry, Miriam Nyhan, Mary McAuliffe and Maurice Casey.

Doors 10:30am, event starts 11am.

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Women and Resistance: 11am – 12pm

Nadja Makhlouf in conversation Martin Evans about her photographic project recovering the role of women in the Algerian War and with Mary McAuliffe on the role of women in Irish anti-colonial movements.

Martin Evans is the author of Algeria: France’s Undeclared War (Oxford University Press, 2012) is and the co-curator of the Resistance Cultures Festival.

Nadja Makhlouf is photographer and curator.  Her on-line exhibition can be seen at:

Mary McAuliffe is a historian, lecturer, and Director of Gender Studies at UCD. She has published widely on the role of women in Ireland’s struggle for independence.

Culture: 1pm-2pm

Síobhra Aiken, Sarah El Hamed and Breandán de Gallaí in conversation with Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain where they will discuss the role of music and dance in cultures of resistance.

Is léachtóir í an Dr Síobhra Aiken i Roinn na Gaeilge agus an Léinn Cheiltigh i Ollscoil na Beanríona i mBéal Feirste. She is author of  Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War, published in April 2022 by Irish Academic Press.

Sarah El Hamed is a French-Algerian performance artist based in Paris. She works between Paris, Algiers and London.

Breandán de Gallaí is an Irish dance artist, Artistic Director at Ériu Dance Company and lecturer in Irish Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL.

Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain is an ethnochoreologist and Course Director of the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance and MA Irish Dance Studies programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Music: 2.30pm – 4pm

Screening of documentary on Cheb Hasni Cheb Hasni: Unfinished Hope by M’rah Abdellatif followed by Djamel Mrah (director’s son) in conversation with Martin Evans on Cheb Hasni.

Djamel Mrah is a musician and digital curator.

Martin Evans is the author of Algeria: France’s Undeclared War (Oxford University Press, 2012) is and the co-curator of the Resistance Cultures Festival.

This is supported by University of Sussex (UK), University of Oran 2 (Algeria), Southern Regional College, Newry, Irish Centre For Transnational Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Technological University Dublin, University College Cork, Algerian Embassy, Ireland.

Book Tickets

September 17, 2022 10:30 am - 5:00 pm


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