Brighton Dome is proud to support Fly the Flag, a UK-wide arts initiative marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 24 to 30 June.
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has created a special flag, commissioned to educate future generations about the importance of human rights. The flag will be flown at Brighton Dome and depicts a large human footprint, a universal sign of what it means to be human, as well as a reference to worldwide migration. The design was inspired by Ai Weiwei’s time spent visiting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, who were forced to flee attacks in the Southeast Asian region of Burma. He noticed that nearly everyone was barefoot. He sees the bare footprint as a symbol that relates to anyone who has ever been forced to flee. He took 100 muddy footprints of people and combined them to create the symbol.
From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Brighton via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people will come together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.
In order to raise awareness, we have been running free workshops with local schools which focus on the topic of human rights and key historical moments at Brighton Dome with local artist Laura Halliwell. We have chosen five individuals: Christabel Pankhurst, Paul Robeson, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Michael Morpurgo and Angelique Kidjo. On Sunday 23 June, we invite you to join us at the Together Community Day to show your support by making your own flags and bunting which will be displayed alongside Ai Weiwei's flag at Brighton Dome until Fri 12 July.
Take part by downloading your own flag here. Please share your photos with us #FlyTheFlag70 @brightondome
Fly The Flag is co-produced by Fuel (Lead Producer), Amnesty International, Donmar Warehouse, Human Rights Watch, Liberty, National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Tate Art Galleries. Additional co-commissioners include Coventry City of Culture Trust.
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund