8x8 2Suas, an educational development charity, will be bringing its 8×8 Festival to UCD from 28th September to 2nd October, in conjunction with UCD Suas Group and UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU).

Suas describes 8×8 as a “development-focused festival with a world class touring photographic exhibition, speaker events, discussions and film screenings focusing on major global issues.” The Festival kicked off on Monday 28th September with a screening of the film The True Cost in the UCD Cinema. The documentary, which focuses on the story of the clothing industry, was followed up with a panel discussion.

Other events planned for the week include a questions and answers session on the Refugee Crisis, which will be held in the Fitzgerald Chamber on Wednesday, 30th September, at 1pm. The story of the foundation of Greenpeace, an environmental activist organisation, will be shown in the award-winning film How To Change The World, at 5pm on Thursday, 1st October. In conjunction with the other events, a photo exhibition will be on display all week outside the James Joyce Library, and will feature images from Panos Pictures.

All of the events are free to attend, but students must register in advance. Tickets are available online through the website www.stand.ie, a project run by Suas targeted at students. Once the week-long festival ends in UCD, it will move on to four other Irish universities throughout October, including National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

Words by Cian Carton (News Editor)