Four Questions about Human Rights with Marie Pierre Arthur
The weekend is finally here and we’ll be out at The Forks celebrating the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! We helped curate three shows this weekend: the Manitoba showcase Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the RightsFest Mainstage; a show featuring Delhi 2 Dublin, Oh My Darling and DUGAS on the RightsFest Mainstage on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM; and the big Canadian Museum for Human Rights Concert Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to The Forks for the show featuring Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie and others from 6:30 to 9:00 Saturday night, you can watch the live broadcast starting at 7:00 PM CDT on City, OMNI Television, APTN or on the Museum’s website.
Marie Pierre Arthur from Montreal will be performing Saturday night on the Mainstage. We had a chance to ask her about what this event means to her and music's connection to human rights.
What does being part of the opening celebrations of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights mean to you?
It’s an honour to be invited to perform for the opening of this new museum. It’s a great chance to take the time to recognize the importance of defending people’s essential human rights. And, as a bonus, it allows me to play alongside some excellent artists and musicians before a Pan-Canadian public. It’s also a pleasure and a rare opportunity for me to play for Francophone communities outside of Quebec.
What do you think the role of music is in human rights?
Music’s role in human rights is quite an important one, as music is the universal language, therefore it can reach anybody. Music allows anybody to express themselves and reach people on an emotional level, no matter what their spoken language is. Music breaks through linguistic and geographical barriers. Human rights are likewise a universal concept.
How has activism and the pursuit of Human Rights shaped your music?
Women’s rights are included in human rights. The song "Elle" aims to describe a situation that many women find themselves in. It could be about a mother, a sister, a life companion, a friend or a daughter.
Who is your inspiration?
It’s hard to narrow down the source of my inspiration to one name. Genuine and honest people inspire me, people who listen inspire me, people with integrity inspire me, as well as those who care about and take action toward the well-being of others. I admire the people who work hard for change and fight for equality and justice for everybody!
See the full line-up of the weekend's RightsFest events here.
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