The National Concert Hall and International Literature Festival Dublin are presenting a show this Saturday evening at the National Concert Hall entitled Breaking The Silence at 8pm which presents an evening of words and song honouring the legacy of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes.
This free event features music, writers and artists: poet, novelist and playwright Elaine Feeney, musician Loah, Terri Harrison, a Dublin woman who was forcibly brought back from the UK to a Magdalene laundry in Ireland, Dundalk trad musicians The Mary Wallopers, author Majella Moynihan, actor, writer and adoption rights activist Noelle Brown, writer and academic Philomena Mullen, singer, writer and poet Jess Kav, glass artist Alison Lowry and more, and has been curated by the author of Republic of Shame, Caelainn Hogan.
These artists will offer personal responses from artists to the ongoing dark legacy of Ireland’s mother and baby home institutions.
Until recently, religious orders and the Irish state operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of women called ‘fallen’ and ‘offenders’, a secretive system that forcibly separated families. Through breaking silences and sharing testimonies, survivors of Ireland’s religious-run institutions have become catalysts of change. In the search for answers, their voices must continue to be heard.
Breaking The Silence is broadcast on Saturday May 29th at 8pm Irish Time on National Concert Hall’s Youtube and Facebook pages.