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March 9, 2017Feature

For the next few mixes in the series we'll be teaming up with some of the artists performing during F.Festival on March 11, a multi-faceted event driving equality in the arts. First up in the collaboration is Maggie-Rose.

“As a young woman living in Ireland today I feel we have some way to go in achieving true equality in our society. I feel that F.Festival will highlight the achievements that women have made in many areas including the arts.”

 

Maggie-Rose is one of the founders of new Dublin collective Empty Spaces, and while she’s only been DJing for two years, she’s found her feet quicker than most.

“My first gig was in the Twisted Pepper to a crowd of 3 people! But thankfully over the last year or so things have started to take off for me by getting invited to play at some amazing parties with amazing people, including some festivals.”

She’s a quarter of the Empty Spaces crew, who most recently hosted grime don Flow Dan.

“I host my own room and have full creative control over the acts I bring in, which for me is a great buzz! I’m very excited to see where it goes this year! It’s a total honour to be asked to play at F.Festival amongst an array of extremely talented women!

So why is an event like F. Festival so important to her?

“As a young woman living in Ireland today I feel we have some way to go in achieving true equality in our society. I feel that F.Festival will highlight the achievements that women have made in many areas including the arts.

“The contribution of the arts to our society is often undervalued, as are the women who give their time and their talent behind the scenes to create music, drama, dance and visual art which enhance the quality of life for everyone.”

Maggie believes that while we have made great strides in Ireland to combat inequality, there is still some work to do.

“We were the first country in the world to vote in favour of marriage equality, which is huge. However this hasn’t necessarily trickled down to everyone in the population. I myself have witnessed aggressive instances of homophobia happening among people of my own age group.

“We all know that women in many walks of life report a glass ceiling in their workplace whereby they cannot get promoted above a certain level. Also in the home, I think many people would acknowledge that the lion’s share of the work is left to women. That being said, I’m glad to see that there are now more female ministers in the government than ever before.”

She’s not as optimistic when it comes to the troubling area of mental health issues.

“Just look at our suicide statistics particularly among young people under the age of 30. That alone tells a huge story. There are no state emergency mental health services available to people who find themselves in severe distress. Waiting lists for day time services can run in to several months. This is not being helped by the severe cuts that governments have made to the mental health budget. This saddens me and needs to change.”

F.Festival takes place across Dublin, in various venues on March 11. Maggie-Rose will play in The Grand Social. Click here for more information on the events.

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