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DiverseCity

Date: 22 Jan 2019 - 5 Dec 2019
Time: Various
Venue: 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. 

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Event Date Time Description
Visit to Belfast Jewish Synagogue 22 January 2019 10am - 12 noon 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.
Refugee and Arabic Cultural Information Workshop 27 February 2019 10am - 1pm 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.  
Visit to Belfast Islamic Centre 7 March 2019 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.
Irish cultural and linguistic experience 12 March 2019 10am - 12 noon Hosted at An Droichead, an Irish Language Organisation,   this experience provides the opportunity for participants to experience Irish culture, music and language.
Living Library Event 27 March 2019 Choose a time between 1pm and 4pm 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.  
Tour of City Cemetery  11 April 2019 11am - 1pm 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. 
The Bonfire tradition 9 May 2019 12 noon - 2pm The workshop will explore the historical background and context of bonfires. It will cover the evolving changes of bonfires and the cultural, political and social importance of bonfires in particular to post conflict Loyalist communities.  The workshop will also share approaches Shankill Alternatives have used to engage directly with bonfire groups. 
Mural and Peace Wall Tour 16 May 2019 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 2019 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 6 June 2019 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.
Refugee and Arabic Cultural Information Session 18 June 2019 10am - 3pm 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.  You will also have the opportunity to meet refugees living in Belfast. 
Living Library 18 September 2019 Choose a time between 10am and 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.  
Facilitated tour of Milltown Cemetery  26 September 2019 11am - 12 noon This walking tour will introduce participants to the history of the Belfast nationalist and republican community going back 130 years.  The tour offers an engaging reflection on the Belfast Catholic and nationalist community.  It will tell the story of Priests and Nuns, Republicans and members of the RIC, architects and footballers, bishops and poets, businessmen and paupers, hurlers and harp makers, and the first conflict-related death to be buried in Milltown.
Clifton Street Orange Hall 3 October 2019 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 Islamic Centre 10  October 2019 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.
Visit to Belfast Jewish Synagogue  23 October 2019 10am - 12 noon This visit and workshop will enable participants to understand aspects relating to the history, heritage and cultural practice of the Jewish Community.
Discover Ulster-Scots, History and Cultural Experience 7 November 2019 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 20 November 2019 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 5 December 2019 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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DiverseCity

Cost
Free

Audience
Suitable for everyone

Theme
Community