We have been bringing award-winning photography and film to campuses across Ireland every autumn. This is a festival run by students, for students, and a great way to learn more about the burning issues shaping the world around us.
What does it mean to be free in a world where 65.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes? That’s the question this year’s 8x8 Festival is asking as it returns to campuses across Ireland exploring the issue of refugee rights and how everyday freedoms we take for granted are being denied to millions of humans around the world.


Caoimhe Butterly’s powerful short documentary is featured as part of this year’s 8x8 Festival. Following the demolition of ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, France, in late 2016, thousands of women, men and children were made shelter-less. Hundreds of those now sleep in forests and fields as they attempt to make the perilous crossing to Britain to rejoin family and community. This film tells some of their stories


Education is right, not a privilege. It has the power to transform lives. In times of displacement, education is crucial – and as we face the largest displacement of people since the second World War, equal access to education has never been more important. We’re calling on students across Ireland to sign our petition seeking better supports and access on your campus for refugees and asylum seekers!


The 8x8 Festival reached over 13,000 people at 7 different campuses in 2016 – and we can’t wait to do it all again this year! If you’d like to stay updated about 8x8 events coming to your campus, follow us on Facebook!

We’ll be on a new campus every week, starting with DCU (Sep 25) before moving on to UCD (Oct 2), Maynooth (Oct 9), Trinity (Oct 16), NUI Galway (Oct 23), UCC (Oct 31) and DIT Aungier Street (Nov 6).


By joining the 8x8 team you’ll meet new people, develop personal and professional skills, and find out more about important issues that shape the world we live in. We recruit teams of student coordinators to help design the festival with students from campuses across Ireland.
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