Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Start time: 6:30pm


Venue: Online

Belfast theatre company Kabosh will share an off-centre creative provocation to stimulate animated debate on global citizenship amongst artists, academia, and the public.
This will lead to virtual responses by theatre-makers from across these islands and neighbouring European regions, each finding links with their own locality, creative practices and audiences. The debate will then be opened to the virtual audience, exploring how theatre and democracy can interact in the locality and in alliance across these islands and beyond.
Faced with the rise of isolationist English nationalism, and the disregard for democratic debate brought to the fore by Brexit, this event will generate new alliances between researchers and theatre-makers whose work combines regional focus and internationalist outlook, suggesting an essential alternative model of devolved culture and politics. The Centre Cannot Hold will create alliances of local democratic spaces to galvanise exchange and creativity, a new metaphorical centre from the margins, and encourage people to jointly re-imagine a more democratic future.

This is a Being Human Festival event organised by:
The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast
Border Crossings, London & Sligo
Kabosh Theatre Company, Belfast
Tallaght Community Arts, Dublin
Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland
Et Nordfriisk Teooter
This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 12–22 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see