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Taste of the World Event – Belfast @ Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Refugee Week Picnic – Belfast @ Ormeau Park
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ESOL NI Network Launch – Belfast @ TBC
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We are delighted to announce the launch of the ESOL NI Network and invite you to ‘SAVE THE DATE’ on Wednesday, the 27th June 2018 for the launch event.

The event is planned to take place in Belfast and will start at 10am and finish around 1pm – followed by lunch and networking.

Further details on the venue confirmation and programme will follow shortly.

In the meantime follow the news @

Twitter – https://twitter.com/esol_ni

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ESOLNI/

Next Chapter Project Meeting – Magherafelt @ Learning Lodge
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

Come along to the first meeting of the Next Chapter Project on Thursday 28th of June at 7.00pm at The Learning Lodge in Magherafelt, 27-29 Moneymore Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6AG.

Come and have a coffee with us, share your ideas to develop a community project and learn about the training, networking and other women’s empowerment and leadership opportunities for women in Mid Ulster through the Next Chapter Project.

Please confirm your attendance by email

 emmaforde16@gmail.com or alex.delatorre@politicsplus.com,

or through the Facebook page of Magherafelt Women’s Group.

Feel free to invite a friend or a relative to join us at the first Next Chapter meeting in Mid Ulster.

Looking forward to meeting you on Thursday 28th of June!

Towards a New Common Chapter: A grass-roots vision for cooperation within and between these islands. Derry/Londonderry @ Holywell Trust
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am

Come and find out about the ‘Towards a New Common Chapter’ project.

This action research project, which has been undertaken by the Centre for Cross Border Studies, is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. It is intended to facilitate the development of a “New Common Chapter” representing grass-roots support for collaborative and sustainable North-South and East-West relations. The Centre for Cross Border Studies has been working with community organisations from both sides of the border – involving in particular, the active participation of women, young people and Protestant community organisations – to produce a New Common Chapter that voices the needs of civil society. This work will result in informed and motivated community organisations on the island of Ireland able to engage with policies and policy-makers on the value of cross-border cooperation and ensuring that it addresses the needs of civic society.

The project is now in its third stage, with the participating groups having agreed a draft “New Common Chapter for cooperation within and between these islands” at the end of the second stage.

During this event Dr Antony Soares, Deputy Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies,  along with representatives from some of the participating groups, will explain how the project has progressed and invite  your feedback  on the document  as well as providing the opportunity to network on a cross border basis. There will also be an input from Rachael Craig Derry City and Strabane District Council on their Community Plan and Carnegie application.

Don’t miss your chance to have a say.


R.S.V.P to
Roisin O’Hagan NWCN roisin@nwcn.org Tel 71261941
Jim O’Neill jim@communitydialogue.org Tel 90351450



Northern Ireland Remembering Srebrenica Commemoration – Belfast @ Belfast City Hall
Jul 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The board of Remembering Srebrenica Northern Ireland, invite you to join them on Tuesday the 10th of July 2018 at Belfast City Hall, to remember the victims and the survivors of the genocide that took place in Srebrenica 23 years ago.

In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Bosnian Serb paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act”. In the days following Srebrenica’s fall, men and woman were separated to be either killed, deported and/or raped. In a number of days over 8,000 predominantly Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. These mass graves were later excavated by heavy machinery and reburied in various locations making it the most complex forensic jigsaw in history.

This year Remembering Srebrenica’s theme for commemoration is Acts of Courage. Acts of Courage in times of war help us to understand how individuals and communities chose to resist hatred. Acts of courage also sow the seeds of possibility for peace and reconciliation.

Join the board of Remembering Srebrenica Northern Ireland by commemorating the genocide, standing in solidarity with the Survivors of Bosnia-Herzegovina and by learning lessons from the past to help challenge hatred and intolerance.

For more information and booking go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northern-ireland-remembering-srebrenica-commemoration-tickets-46156108162

Nelson Mandela Gala Dinner – Belfast @ Belfast Barge
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The South African community in Northern Ireland are hosting a Gala Dinner in keeping the legacy of Mandela alive. We invite friends to join us for an evening of song, poetry, comedy and prizes. This promises to be a beautiful and elegant event at a spectacular site offering breathtaking views over Belfast. The Barge sits on the River Lagan and it overlooks the Titanic Boulevard and iconic Belfast scenery

Tickets available here

Centre for Cross Border Studies: Invitation to a talk by Professor Arthur Aughey as part of the John Hewitt Summer School – Armagh @ The Market Place Theatre
Jul 25 @ 9:45 am

‘An Ulsterman considers his passport’

a talk by
Professor Arthur Aughey, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Ulster University







The title of this lecture inserts John Hewitt’s preferred identity into the title of Bernard Crick’s celebrated essay on nationality and allegiance: ‘An Englishman considers his passport’. Hewitt’s poem The Frontier reflects on crossing borders – which was also the title of Crick’s collection of essays – and the lecture considers not a current but an old passport, one dated 1981-91. Recollecting the frontier crossings represented by particular stamps in that passport, the lecture revisits those Europe borders, discussing how they have changed and how they may be changing again. These recollections involve a literary, as well as a historical and political, excursion from the past to the present. The geographical location is mainly what is called (post 1991) ‘Central Europe’ but which in 1981 was known as ‘Eastern Europe’. Today, as in the past, Mitteleuropa is as much as –if not more than – a place of the imagination as it is a territorial location. In that regard, it may be said to resemble Field Day’s notion of the ‘Fifth Province’, a thought which returns the lecture to Ireland and its own border, one which (like all frontiers) is a line on the map but also, as J C Beckett once put it, in the minds of people. That the Irish border – which has always been more of a ‘crossing’ – should have become, in a way no one could have imagined 2 years ago, such a central issue of European politics returns the lecture to Hewitt and his abiding cultural concerns.
Arthur Aughey is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Ulster University, Senior Fellow at the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and former Senior Leverhulme Fellow (2008-11). He has published widely on constitutional change and politics in the United Kingdom. Publications include: Nationalism Devolution and the Challenge to the United Kingdom


State (2001); The Politics of Englishness (2007) and The British Question (2013). Recently, he co- authored with Cathy Gormley-Heenan: ‘Northern Ireland and Brexit: Three effects on ‘the border in the mind’ in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. His latest book, The Conservative Party: Britain, England and Europe was published earlier this year by Manchester University Press.


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