The views and opinions expressed by organisations running events, speakers and participants in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF) do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the NIHRF, the Human Rights Consortium or our partners.
All but one event in the festival is open to the public and most of them are free. For most free events registration is still necessary, so please see the festival website for details on how to do this in order to avoid disappointment. Where paid tickets are available to buy in advance they will be available through a link on the festival website.
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Sunday 9th December
A light hearted beginning to the week or end to the the weekend with Belfast Improv Theatre’s Improv Human Rights Week special!
Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a true story from their lives.
Children have a right to optimal health and nutrition from birth, but the lack of support for families who choose to breastfeed is letting them down.
Learn about and celebrate human rights with this creative workshop from Amnesty International for primary school age children and their parents / guardians.
Monday 10th December
A panel discussion on the difficult area of family breakdown and parental alienation
Delos is a theme park populated entirely by incredibly realistic robots, programmed to never harm the human visitors and to do exactly what they're told. But when a computer glitch happens the robots rebel and start trying to kill the tourists around them.
Basic income is not a pipe dream. In India, Canada, Finland, Kenya, Scotland and many other countries, Basic Income is an idea whose time has come. Can we make it happen here?
An exploration of Margaret Atwood’s depiction of ‘a woman’s culture’ in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Autonomous and intelligent systems have the potential to affect almost every aspect of our lives. But should that be a cause for concern?
Dr Anne Smith and Professor Colin Harvey will launch the findings of their research report outlining the next steps for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The project was funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT).
Launch of an art exhibition by Syrian and Palestinian refugee women.
Join the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission at the launch of its 2018 Annual Statement.
Tuesday 11th December
Hope Street is a short documentary based on Larne detention centre, Northern Ireland.
Join a crew of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans for a Scooby Gang sized evening of fun revisiting ethical and human rights issues in the popular series.
When Shula, a young girl newly arrived in a Zambian village without any family, is accused of witchcraft, she is told she faces a choice: join a travelling witch camp or be turned into a goat.
After prolonged negotiations between the EU and the UK are we any closer to a deal on a Withdrawal Agreement? Will it be a soft border, hard border, backstop or no deal?
This project is an initiative by Belfast City of Sanctuary with co-operation from the Education Authority, Libraries NI, NI Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Belfast Metropolitan College with funding from Belfast City Council.
As part of the Human Rights Festival the Equality Coalition invite to you to a panel discussion on the experiences and responses to attacks on human rights defenders in 2018.
Transgender people are coming out in greater numbers than ever before, but our healthcare services are stuck in the past.
Wednesday 12th December
In 1984 a group of gay rights activists offered their support to striking miners in a small Welsh mining town. One of those activists was Northern Ireland man Mark Ashton. Pride is the uplifting true story of those activists and their journey.
To mark the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage, QUB Women in Law Lean In Circle is hosting a workshop to explore current experiences of gender inequalities.
Sticky Tricky Law is an education project aiming to make law understandable and accessible to everyone. Giving simple explanations of tricky law in sticky notes.
This lunchtime event is part of the WOMEN’STEC #notjustforboys programme and is aimed at school-age girls. Our inspirational speakers will challenge stereotypes and promote non-traditional career pathways to girls.
This event marks the 50th commemoration of the civil rights marches and looks forward to the next 50 years. The programme is thus past and future focused.
Thursday 13th December
With Brexit negotiations hotting up & fundamental rights on the chopping block will Ulster Say Snow to Brussels or to Brexit?
Feminist children’s author Virginia Mendez will explore the impact of gender stereotypes on childhood.
Shrieking Sisters images characters and events around the Ulster Suffrage Movement between 1912 and 1914 and their struggle for votes for women.
A NI Business & Human Rights Forum event, with support from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission focussing on ethical products, transparency in supply chains and sustainable development, with Safia Minney, founder of People Tree,
Amnesty International’s Citizen Evidence Lab supports human rights researchers and advocates in verifying and using new digital data-streams from conflict zones and other human rights hot spots.
Amnesty International’s Milena Marin reveals the cutting-edge digital investigation behind the BBC Africa Eye report on the executions of women and children by Cameroonian soldiers and more on how Amnesty is using tech to expose human rights abuses globally.
This event hosted by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland aims to gather information and views from disabled people (and others) to help the Commission plan how it will work to help broaden access for people with disabilities to politics and public life.
Dancer, Choreographer, Activist & Musician Ripton Lindsay nurturing the conversation about the freedom of movement through dialogue and dance.
Friday 14th December
Join 6 human rights activists to see whether human rights can be funny. This brave group of unlikely comedians will dare to entertain and inform you with comic tales from frontline rights activism after just a few short weeks of stand-up training.
Alma Harrak is a 14 years old Syrian girl. She arrived to Ireland in 2016. Having never taken a lesson before she stunned the world by teaching herself how to play the piano to a professional level within 2 years.
A fabulous dance party inspired by stories of folks who loved dance and freedom in equal measure to celebrate the close of Human Rights.
Taster session with Girls Rock School NI who help encourage and empower women and girls of all ages to riff, rock and roll!
Join the festival Family Fun Day at Shaftesbury Square with a Superhero theme
Join author Virginia Méndez for a reading of her new children's book Mika & Lolo about two cousins that question why sometimes they are treated differently just for being a boy or a girl.
The Libraries NI Creative Writing and Discussion Groups will use the commemoration themes highlighted within the festival for inspiration.
An exhibition of art from Palestinian and Syrian women living in the Shatila refugee camp outside Beirut, home to an estimated 40,000 refugees who have been driven from their homes in Palestine and Syria by conflict.
The award winning “Museum without a Home” is an ‘Exhibition of Hospitality’ which was designed to promote solidarity with refugees and other migrants. It showcases real items donated by ordinary Greeks to people fleeing their homes in search of safety and dignity.
The Music Project brings together children from the Tamil and Sinhalese communities to interact and perform in front of an audience. While they still experience language, ethnicity and religious barriers they are no longer divided by a long and bitter civil war.
An information stall from Action on Elder Abuse to share information and raise awareness of a range of little known human rights issues and abuses affecting older people in our society.
A collage art exhibition from local children made during refugee week. Through stories the children explored the theme ‘Home’ what this means to them as a safe building and a place to live and the importance of their family and friendships.
An exhibition of photographs and personal stories from 10 refugees and members of new communities now living in Belfast.