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DiverseCity

Date: 21 Feb 2018 - 4 Dec 2018
Time: Various

Would you like to learn more about the people, places and communities that make Belfast? Are you interested in visiting different places of worship, understanding why different communities celebrate the events they do?

If so, come along to our DiverseCity events to learn more about the culture and traditions of some of the communities living in Belfast.

This is a year long programme with free events happening each month.

You must reserve your place in advance by emailing goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or calling 028 9027 0663.

Further details on each of the events, including venues will be provided following your reservation. 

Event Date Time Description
Celebration of Chinese New Year and visit to Chinese Cultural and Resource Centre 21 February 2018 10am - 12.30pm This event will enable participants to celebrate the history and culture of one of Belfast’s oldest minority ethnic communities.  Hosted in the Chinese community and resource centre, the event will provide an insight into the history and background of the Chinese Community as well as understanding the significance of Chinese New Year.
Irish cultural and linguistic experience 14 March 2018 10am - 12 noon

This Gaeltacht Experience provides the opportunity for participants to experience Irish culture, music and and language in the Gaeltacht Quarter of Belfast.

Refugee and Arabic Cultural Information Session 27 March 2018 9.45am - 3.30pm This awareness session will cover an introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular. It will provide a general awareness of Islamic and Arab culture and factual information about how the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme works.  It will allow participants the opportunity to hear directly from Refugees and Asylum Seekers living in Belfast. 
Tour of City Cemetery 26 April 2018  

This tour, facilitated by Tom Hartley, will introduce participants to the history of Belfast going back 130 years.  In the City Cemetery, the inscriptions tell the story of finance, empire, the rise of northern unionism and the golden era of industrialisation in Belfast.  One of the enduring qualities of the tour is its capacity to remind us today that the political and cultural identity of late 19th Century Belfast was much more complex and layered.  The tour upends old stereotypes and provides a fresh approach to the history of Belfast. 

Mural and Peace Wall Tour 17 May 2018 10am - 12 noon This event will take participants on a facilitated walking tour of some of the murals and peace walls in Belfast.  It will provide an insight into the history behind the murals and walls, enabling an understanding of Belfast’s troubled past. 
An introduction to sexual orientation and gender 23 May 2018 10am - 1pm This workshop will enable participants to understand sexual orientation and gender issues and will provide an understanding of the ways prejudice and discrimination can be directed towards people of differing sexual orientations. It will also provide tips for improving service delivery and support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.
Facilitated tour of Windsor Park Football Stadium 14 June 2018 10am - 12 noon This facilitated visit will enable participants to visit the new Education and Heritage Centre, it will provide an insight into the history behind Northern Irish football, as well as providing a tour of the stadium. Hear also the story behind how the grounds have been transformed and the work undertaken to promote Windsor Park as a shared space.
Visit to Belfast Islamic Centre 21 June 2018 11am - 2pm This visit will enable participants to explore the history of the Muslim community in Northern Ireland and to learn about aspects of Islam. An opportunity to observe prayer will be included in the visit.
Living Library 17 September 2018 Choose a time between 10am - 2pm The Living Library allows you to borrow a human book for a 20 minute conversation.  All the human books come from a wide range of backgrounds.  It is a fun event which allows you to have a one-to-one conversation with someone you might never have had the opportunity to speak to.  Further information on this event will be uploaded shortly.  
Clifton Street Orange Hall 27 September 2018 10am - 12 noon This visit will provide participants with the opportunity to have a guided tour of the 130 year building as well as providing an insight into the history and traditions of the Orange Order and an exploration of artefacts that add to the story of the Institution.
Visit to Belfast Jewish Synagogue 11 October 2018 10.30am - 12.30pm This visit and workshop will enable participants to understand aspects relating to the history, heritage and cultural practice of the Jewish community, as well as providing an opportunity to participate in a tour of the Synagogue.
Discover Ulster-Scots, History and Cultural Experience 7 November 2018 10am - 12 noon This facilitated visit will provide participants with the opportunity to visit the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre and explore the rich history, heritage and cultural traditions of the Ulster-Scots.  Participants will also have the chance to learn about the Ulster-Scots language and enjoy some traditional Ulster-Scots music.
Indian Community Centre 21 November 2018 10am - 12.30pm This event, hosted in the historical Indian Community Centre, will provide participants with the opportunity to hear about the history, culture and diversity of the Indian Community living in Belfast.  Participants will also have an opportunity to view the Hindu temple and hear about the contribution the community have made to life in Belfast. 
Traveller Awareness Workshop 4 December 2018 10am - 12 noon This workshop will provide information about Travellers in Northern Ireland. It will enable participants to understand aspects relating to Traveller culture, language and way of life. 

 

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Cost
Free

Audience
Suitable for everyone

Theme
Community