‘I am foreign because I have a German watch, a South Korean phone, drive an American car and my underwear was made in Taiwan. I had an Indian for dinner and now I ask you to pardon my French when I say I’m a bloody foreigner, and you’re a bloody foreigner. So let’s accept that we’re all just bloody foreigners just trying to find a place to belong. Stop all the hate. Stop judging people on race and let’s try and get along.’
Foreign, Colin Hassard
The programme for the 2015 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival has landed!
On Thursday 5 November a full house in The Black Box got the first glimpse at the action-packed line-up for this year’s festival. From poetry and comedy to panel discussions and lectures via films, music and exhibitions, the breadth and diversity of events in our 4th NIHRF means it’s our most ambitious one yet. This year it will run from Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 December.
The launch provided the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the wide-range of human rights issues from both home and abroad that are explored in this year’s NIHRF.
The Refugee Welcome Party and Family Day on Saturday 12 December is a great way to extend the hand of friendship and greet those who have had to leave their own countries and communities.
Hollie McNish will return to Belfast to wow us all with her compelling brand of poetry. The 2009 UK Slam Poetry champion will take to the Sunflower Bar on Tuesday 8 December, supported by some of Belfast’s finest talent.
Comedy with a message will come in the form of performances by Mae Martin on Wednesday 9 December and Aiden Killian on Friday 11 December, with both showcasing their talents in the Sunflower Bar.
Colin Hassard, whose powerful rendition of his poem ‘Foreign’ brought a fitting end to the launch will be the Poet in Residence for the festival, appearing at venues throughout and headlining the From A Republic of Conscience event on Thursday 10 December.
With the Human Rights Act currently under threat, a panel discussion on the impact of the HRA in Northern Ireland will hear from academia, political and civil society spheres will provide food for thought.
There are many, many more fascinating and engaging events which make up this year’s NIHRF and they can be viewed by either picking up a programme from venues throughout Belfast or by visiting the NIHRF website. All of the events are open to the public, most are free and those which require bookings can be accessed on our website.