This Friday, February 22 in The Grand Social a really special line up of incredible artists are coming together for one night in order to raise vital funds for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and raise awareness around consent.
Rape crisis centres around the country are struggling to deal with waiting lists, with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre alone having a current waiting list of 175 adult and adolescent victims. Deciding to take immediate action to fundraise for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, artist, activist, and teacher Emmalene Blake, Today FM radio producer & festival DJ Kate Brennan Harding and Repeal Activist Anna Cosgrave have teamed to create Consentfest.
Speaking on the importance of awareness, Anna Cosgrave said, “It’s important to keep the issue of gender-based violence and the organisations working against it at the forefront of young people’s minds.”
Kate Brennan Harding added: “We all have the capacity to create change no matter how small and help others in doing so. I love being able to raise money for a great cause whilst also raising the roof with fun, so join us on 22nd February to do just that.”
Consentfest aims to ensure that the issue of consent remains at the forefront of political and social discussion and to broaden the conversation around consent and the impact within communities.
To build a consent culture we need to open the dialogue about it and to find ways to challenge and put an end to rape culture in all its manifestations. Rape culture is an issue that affects people of all genders and across all social classes. Consentfest will raise funds for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre through ticket sales, t-shirt sales, other consent merch sales and a raffle on the night.
The event will be MC’d by Sarah Devereux aka The Dirtbird and the fantastic lineup includes poetry by Emmet Kirwan, Vickey Curtis, Una Mullally, Ailish Kerr and Lewis Kenny, live music by Roe, State Lights, Molly Sterling and Ailbhe Reddy, DJ sets by Kate Brennan Harding, Claire Beck, Michael Pope (Le Galaxie), Aine Molloy (GirlCrew) and Stephen White (The Last Mixed Tape) and live street art in the beer garden by Holly Periera and ESTR.
Speaking about the line-up, Emmalene Blake said “You don’t often see such an amazing lineup, for such minimal ticket price, for such a worthy cause. You don’t wanna miss this night.”
Tickets to Consent Fest in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on Friday, February 22nd are priced at €10 via Eventbrite.
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