Date: 15 Jun 2023
A Day of Reflection will again be hosted at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 21 June.
Councillors had previously agreed that the event would be held annually, providing an opportunity for people and communities across the city to acknowledge the deep hurt and pain caused by the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.
Next week’s event will follow the same format as that held at the venue for the first time in 2022 and offer an opportunity for quiet reflection.
There will also be a ‘drop in’ programme of activities between 10am and 4pm.
Party Group Leaders on Belfast City Council said: “The Council will once again participate in this year’s Day of Reflection and will offer a space in City Hall for this to take place.
“We acknowledge that many people throughout the city suffered deeply as a result of the conflict.
“As civic leaders, we hope that by hosting this annual event and providing a quiet, safe space, it will give people an opportunity to reflect and remember in a way which is personal to them.”
The Day of Reflection will start at 10am with the screening of a short film by local organisation, Healing Through Remembering.
The film will be repeated on the hour, every hour until the event closes at 4pm. There will also be poetry and prose readings throughout the day.
Attendees will also be invited to share their hopes for the future by adding a leaf, with a personal message, to a ‘Thought Tree’, throughout the day.
A number of support organisations will also be in attendance and City Hall will be illuminated in yellow on the evening of Wednesday 21 June.