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The Gathering – Ireland 2013

Whether you’re Irish born, Irish bred or Irish in spirit, get involved & celebrate a year of Irish connections – The Gathering Ireland 2013!

Festivals and events

The Gathering will bring together hundreds of festivals and events throughout Ireland during 2013. They will celebrate the best in Irish music, art, literature, dance, culture, heritage, sport, film and food.

Fantastic New Year’s Eve Festivals will bookend the year, ensuring that 2013 both starts and ends with a bang! In between, take your pick from events such as St Patrick’s Festival, the Galway Arts Festival, the Wexford Opera Festival and Temple Bar TradFest, to name but a few. These will be familiar to many people but in 2013 they will all offer exciting new elements, making them bigger and better than ever for those visiting for The Gathering.

Great Gathering ideas

There are so many ways to get involved in The Gathering Ireland 2013. From family reunions to community festivals and twin towns to alumni gatherings, everyone is encouraged to work together to organise and host get-togethers. Reach out to your networks and connections overseas and invite them to come and visit in 2013. Here are some ideas…

Tracing your roots

There is a global Irish diaspora of 70 million. Are you one of them? Instead of waiting for you to find us, we’re inviting you back for The Gathering Ireland 2013. It might just be the perfect time to come and find out more about your forefathers and forge a deeper connection with our country.

When you start researching your family history, you never know what you’re going to find. And with no fewer than four recent US presidents claiming Irish family connections, the chances of discovering an influential relative are not as slim as they might at first seem!

In addition to the 1.3 million church records available online, there are national repositories of material, as well as local heritage and genealogy centres around the country. Download our guide, Tracing Your Ancestors (2.5MB .pdf) to get started or check out: www.irishgenealogy.ie, www.rootsireland.ie and www.nationalarchives.ie

You can also celebrate your Irish roots and honour your Irish ancestors by getting an official Certificate of Irish Heritage. These certs are issued by the Irish Government to those who have at least one Irish ancestor. You will even be offered help to track down the documents required to apply for the cert. In practice, that almost amounts to a free start on tracing your roots! Find out more at: www.heritagecertificate.ie

We hope this will be a chance for you to feel closer to Ireland and meet family that you never knew existed.

IX Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona

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The IX Human Rights Film Festival with the central in Barcelona and done also in NYC and Paris is directed by Toni Navarro and organised by the Mirada Descubierta entity, remains faithful to a dual commitment: on the one hand, to promote and open up spaces for the dissemination and screening of cinematographic works dealing with the defence of human rights; and on the other hand to increase public awareness and boost respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights based on the dissemination of those works.

This ninth edition is backed by an unprecedented response to the organiser’s call to participate, showing itself in nearly 3,000 audiovisual works received from all round the world.
The inaugural ceremony will take place on Thursday 17 May at 8 pm, at the new headquarters of Filmoteca de Catalunya. The ceremony will include a screening for the first time in Spain of “The Whistleblower” directed by Larysa Kondracki.
The Festival will be presenting a total of 112 films, belonging to the genres of fiction, cartoons and documentaries, 100 of them divided for the purposes of competition into two official sections: the official section of full-length/feature films and the official section of short films.
The works entered for competition will be opting for the official prizes given by the organisers, “Best Short Film” and “Best Full-Length Film“. Outside of competition, the Festival will award two honorary prizes, the “Human Rights Cinema Festival Prize“, and the “Human Rights International Journalism Prize“. For their part, the entities Amnesty International and Survival International, will be granting a further two honorary prizes.
The programme is completed with a number of parallel activities such as specialist talks by leading national and international speakers, exhibitions concerning the world of human rights, and travelling exhibitions of the Festival organised internationally.
The closing ceremony will be held on Tuesday 22 May at the Cines Girona cineman in Barcelona, where there will take place the awards of the various prizes in each official competition section, as well as of the honorary prizes.

Will be held from 17 to 22 May 2012 at the following venues:


Filmoteca de Catalunya. Pl. Salvador Seguí, s/n
Cinemes Girona. C/ de Girona, 173.
Institut Francès Barcelona. C/ Moià, 8.
Museu d’Història de Catalunya. Pl. Pau Vila, 3.
Fundació Casa del Tibet. C / Rosselló, 181.
FNAC Triangle. Pl. Catalunya, 4.
Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison. Sant Pere més Baix 7.
Palau Robert. Passeig de Gràcia, 107.


East Harlem presents. Poet’s Den Gallery, Poet’s Den Theater 309 East 108th Street Suite 1r. New York, NY 10029.


Cinéma la Clef, 34 Rue Daubenton, 75005 Paris

International Migration Art Festival IMAF

The International Migration Art Festival (IMAFestival) is presented by EatArt.
EatArt is a nonprofit organization legally registered in Italy. EatArt aims at helping and promoting artist

ic talent in different cultural venues and art categories, such as, cinema, literature, music and visual art by giving national and internationals exposure.

According to Eat Art aims, Rossella Canevari, Elena Maria Manzini and René Manenti conceived IMAF to discover new talents while focusing the spotlight on the relevant issue of migration, especially on its cultural and social dimensions.
Migration is a worldwide phenomenon. Virtually, all nations are involved as receiving, sending or transit countries. According to the U.N. Population Division 2009 report, “the world is expected to have 214 million international migrants in 2010, 19 million more than in 2005. Sixty percent of the world’s international migrants reside in more developed regions. Most of the world’s migrants live in Europe (70 million in 2010), followed by Asia (61 million) and North America (50 million). With 43 million migrants expected in 2010,the United States of America hosts the larger number of international migrants…”
Aware of the many problems and tensions that migrants are often associated with, the IMAFestival aims at highlighting the rich and positive complexity of such a phenomenon through the eyes and sensibilities of the artists. At the same time, artists will have an opportunity to show their talent to a large audience and hopefully influence, in a favorable way, the frequently bleak perception of “strangers”.
In order to reach his goals IMAFestival promotes every year the international contest “Art Your Food” on the theme “FOOD AND MIGRATION”. The finalists and winners such contest will be awarded by competent jurors with concrete opportunities to show their work in important venues and meet influential people in the art world. The website and the events organized in different cities are becoming the marketplace where artists, experts, aficionados and the public mingle to exchange and share views and experiences on art, food and the proposed theme.


THE CONTEST “ART YOUR FOOD” – Milan, New York and London

“Art Your Food”, the second edition of the International Migration Art Festival (IMAFestival), invites participating artists to submit works on the theme of “Food and Migration” in four art categories: Film, Literature, Visual Arts and Music.


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