Posts Tagged “Belfast”

Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

I’m slowly walking back up Belfast’s Botanic Avenue at about a third of pace I would usually strike. There is earth under some of my fingernails. A to do list of a thousand and one things no longer seem so urgent. I’m preoccupied with the live of one young man who died near the beginning…

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Refugee Solidarity Sleep-out in Belfast (12-13 May)

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Refugee Solidarity Sleep-out in Belfast (12-13 May)

Christian Aid Ireland are hosting a solidarity sleep-out in Belfast this weekend in the run up to the 60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week, which is focussing on their ongoing work supporting refugees. The organisers challenge you to spend just one night under canvas with basic provisions to show your solidarity and to raise money…

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

The Suppliant Women reinvigorates a 2,500 year old piece of theatre from the pen of Aeschylus which still has a poignant message to society today. David Grieg adapted a literal translation of the 463BC Greek play The Suppliants (the first of an otherwise nearly totally lost trilogy) which tells the story of The Danaids, the…

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World in Motion theme at heart of Belfast International Arts Festival (11-29 October)

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World in Motion theme at heart of Belfast International Arts Festival (11-29 October)

The Belfast International Arts Festival is about to enter its 54th year and one of the strands woven throughout its 2016 programme is World in Motion. This theme explores the human face of the migration crisis through film, theatre and word. The Queen’s Film Theatre is screening a short season of films: After Spring (following two refugee families in…

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

On Thursday evening, a group of asylum seekers and refugees were presented with certificates to mark their successful completion of the Global Kitchen catering course. Trainer Mark Humphries was joined by NI Executive’s Finance Minister and South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. The participants received rigorous training in international cookery and food hygiene in a…

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Welcome Fest in Belfast Cathedral (Thu 23 June)

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Welcome Fest in Belfast Cathedral (Thu 23 June)

As part of Refugee Week, there will be a family-friendly world music gig in Belfast’s St Anne’s Cathedral on Thursday 23 June from 7pm. Organised by the British Red Cross, Belfast Friendship Club and the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) in conjunction with Belfast Cathedral, Welcome Fest is taking the theme of…

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Belfast Friendship Club – “solidarity rather than charity”

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Belfast Friendship Club – “solidarity rather than charity”

Stephanie Mitchell is a cofounder of the Belfast Friendship Club. She recently spoke to me about the organisation which meets weekly on a Thursday evening from 7pm in the Common Grounds Café attached to City Church Belfast. (The café the hosts the club is run as a social enterprise and has a philosophy of “people…

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District Zero – the stories inside refugees’ smartphones (14 April, Belfast Film Festival) #bff16

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District Zero – the stories inside refugees’ smartphones (14 April, Belfast Film Festival) #bff16

District Zero tells the story of daily life of a tiny mobile phone shop in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, the second largest in the world. The phone memory cards of Maamun’s customers contain their past in Syria – happiness, routine, family life – before the war came, followed by destruction, fear and flight. Maamun…

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“We love our new home”

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“We love our new home”

Fifty one Syrian refugees arrived in Belfast in December under the UK government Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement programme. Three months later, some gathered in the Shaftsbury Recreation Centre on Saturday evening for what the former Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir described as an “exuberant community welcome”. Teenager Ascha Alnajjar spoke at the event. In a…

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