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Friday, 15th September 2023

Syrian journalist to host Highlanes exhibition highlighting experiences of migrants in Ireland

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Participants in the 'Amplifying Voices' exhibition which takes place at the Highlanes Gallery on Wednesday next, September 27th.

The Drogheda based Development Education NGO, Development Perspectives has invited a group of migrants and asylum seekers in Ireland to showcase their experiences through the mediums of photography, video and podcasting.

Called “Amplifying Voices” the project is designed to offer migrants the opportunity to tell their stories in their own way. It will take place at 7pm in Highlanes Gallery on Wednesday next, September 27th.

Some of the works featured on the night will come from Soe Nandar Htun, a Burmese broadcast journalist who claimed asylum in Ireland in 2021 seeking protection from the threats posed to journalists in Myanmar.

Her work, ‘Love is Love’, highlights the beautiful moments she witnessed at the recent Drogheda Pride Parade and explores the love and solidarity she felt in her new community that day.

The event will be hosted by Irish-Syrian journalist Razan Ibraheem and will feature as keynote speaker Bulelani Mfaco, a South African former asylum seeker and activist in Ireland, and spokesperson for the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland.

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Amplifying Voices is a project created by Development Perspectives that offers migrants an opportunity to learn storytelling skills and develop new creative ways to share their stories. For this edition, six participants were invited to take part.

These participants came from a variety of backgrounds and included asylum seekers as well as some members of the Ukrainian community in Gormanston.

This project was funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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