Countdown to PROCESSIONS 2018 in Belfast
22 May 2018
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson and comedian Gráinne Maguire are supporting PROCESSIONS Belfast on Sunday 10 June.
PROCESSIONS is a mass participation artwork taking place in Belfast - produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW - celebrating 100 years since the first UK women won the right to vote.
On Sunday 10 June, women (including those who identify as women and non-binary) and girls in Belfast will walk together in this celebratory living artwork. Processions will also be taking place simultaneously in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Participants will each be given a wrap to wear in either green, white or violet - the suffragette colours. They will be choreographed into bands to appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets, creating a living portrait of women and girls in the 21st century. PROCESSIONS Belfast will leave from Titanic Slipways at approximately 12:15pm and end at Belfast City Hall at 2pm, covering a distance of 1.5 miles.
As part of the project, 100 organisations across the UK - including National Museums NI, The Braid Arts Centre and the Centre for Contemporary Art – have been commissioned to create handmade banners in collaboration with female artists, which participants will carry on the processions. The banners will voice the hopes and concerns of women today.
Several leading Northern Irish women have joined PROCESSIONS as ambassadors and will be walking through the streets of Belfast in recognition of how far women’s equality has come in the last century - and how far we still have to go.
PROCESSIONS supporters include Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister, who said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Processions 2018 in Belfast on Sunday 10 June which is marking a momentous occasion – celebrating 100 years since women in the UK won the right to vote and, in turn, giving women and girls now a chance to be part of history by taking part in this mass celebratory living artwork. I'd encourage as many as possible to sign up and participate in this great event.”
The project has been made possible in Northern Ireland with support from Ulster Bank, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support PROCESSIONS 2018 and all that it stands for. We have a rich history of women from Northern Ireland who led the way in fighting for female emancipation, for the right to be heard and for the right to vote. This is a wonderful opportunity to remember those names on 10 June in a living artwork by women and for women.
"PROCESSIONS is also an opportunity to continue the call for equality for women across the world today. Under Artichoke’s brilliant direction and with the help of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding, we are anticipating a marvellous display of handmade banners recognising the issues of women in the 21st century. Funding from the wider National Lottery family has allowed professional female artists from Northern Ireland to work on creating PROCESSIONS banners with fourteen community and women’s groups across Northern Ireland, making this a truly regional and unifying event. I encourage people to register, to join in and to help make PROCESSIONS Belfast a terrific sight to behold.”
To register to participate, go to www.processions.co.uk/event/processions-belfast/