Programme for Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival launched

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF) has officially launched its 2019 programme of events, taking place across Belfast and Northern Ireland from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th December.

The festival is a collaboration between various charities, NGOs, academics, artists and other organisations who wish to create awareness and support across a range of human rights issues in Northern Ireland and internationally.

Events at the festival include immersive theatre, stand-up comedy, talks and discussions, kids’ art workshops and book readings.

This year’s festival programme covers issues including the climate crisis, Brexit, mental health care, homelessness and transgender rights, among others.

Kevin Hanratty, director of the Human Rights Consortium, which runs the festival, said: “This festival has always been focused on creating a gateway between the public and a range of human rights issues. Through events that are accessible and topical we hope that our engagement and understanding of rights as a society can continue to develop.

“This year we have changed the branding of our festival to reflect the fact that rights are the silent threads that weave their way through our society. Protecting us when we need them and acting as a common denominator between different communities. There is something in the festival for all ages and interests and we hope that the public continue to engage in these events and help us to celebrate human rights.”

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