Fly The Flag celebrates UDHR

Published: 3 October 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Fly the Flag 2021 Credit: Charlie Di Placido & Rhys Warren

Fly The Flag launched in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with artist and activist Ai Weiwei commissioned to design a flag as a symbol for human rights.

Since launching, hundreds of arts organisations, schools and charities have displayed the flag across the UK and creative opportunities have been programmed, whilst children and young people have learned about human rights.

Working in association with Eden Court Highlands, The MAC, Sadler's Wells and Wales Millennium Centre, in association with Belfast International Arts Festival, ​​choreographer Oona Doherty—O.D Works LTD and a team of associate artists will lead a large-scale project in which groups of teenagers in a post-Brexit United Kingdom will voice their thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams.

The work which will be filmed for Sky Arts, free o watch on 10 December, directed by Charlie Di Placido and co-produced by Fuel and House of Theresa. Alongside the film, schools and arts organisations across the UK will take part in engagement activities.

Oona Doherty said, “this year's Fly the Flag project will expand my choreography and the sugar army with crews all over the UK from all different backgrounds. We will learn a dance designed to ignite confidence and will. From our crews, we will develop our own original material in response to freedom of expression. Sky Arts will film this UK-wide army of young people. Dancing, shouting and expressing all that to them is important 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.”