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Changemakers: Exhibition

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Working with local student and youth groups, ‘Changemakers: Student and Youth Activism in Northern Ireland’ explores contemporary and historical issues that students and young people have campaigned on from the 1960s to the present day. Using artefacts and ephemera from The Linen Hall’s archives, alongside materials created by groups as part of the project, we have co-curated this exhibition reflecting on these campaigns.

Stand With Hope

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

The Linen Hall is delighted to welcome Hope the Lego Suffragette, a life-size model on loan from the Houses of Parliament. Crafted from an impressive 32,327 Lego bricks and assembled by 3 people over 171 hours, this remarkable installation serves as a powerful reminder of the struggles and triumphs of the women's suffrage movement. You can find Hope proudly displayed on Level 2 inside The Linen Hall.

Feminist Trailblazer: Mary Wollstonecraft

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most pioneering writers of modern society. In this talk on her life and career of, Professor Moyra Haslett remembers Wollstonecraft’s Belfast connection: the Belfast Reading Society (now The Linen Hall) demonstrated its progressive credentials by having A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, among other radical texts of the 1790s, in its collections.

Get Tickets £5.00 – £6.50

Italian Conversation Short Course

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

After popular demand, Dr Federica Ferrieri is back at The Linen Hall with a brand new conversation short course! Join us for an easy Italian conversation short course designed for beginners and lower intermediate students.

Get Tickets £35.00 – £40.00 -1 tickets left

Who Says I Can’t?

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

In 1910, in Randalstown, Country Antrim, Lilian Bland made history, becoming the first woman in the world to design, build and fly a biplane. Who Says I Can’t? by Carol Moore reimagines Bland’s life, from her work as a photographer and sportswriter and her defiance of societal expectations to her love of speed and the outdoors and her passion for flying.

Get Tickets £5.00 – £6.50

Our Roots Travel Widely: Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

This symposium will explore mid-century Irish poetry’s rich web of affiliations, reconceptualising the period from Partition to the Troubles by bringing to light forgotten cross-border collaborations, transnational connections, feminist, ecocritical, socialist, and working-class perspectives. Led by Dr Gail McConnell (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Karl O’Hanlon (Maynooth University), this symposium is the second public event of ‘Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism’, a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Authority under the North-South Research Programme of the Shared Island Initiative. Dr Lucy Collins, Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, will deliver the keynote lecture.

Rudolf Thurneysen and Die Irische Heldensage

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

As part of the Ulidia 7 conference, organised by the Celtic Studies department at the University of Ulster, Professor Bernhard Maier from the University of Tübingen will deliver a lecture, discussing the genesis of the publication of the first study of the tales of the Ulster cycle published in 1921 in Germany, and looking at the career of linguist and Celticist Rudolf Thurneysen, from his first appointment in Freiburg to his years in Bonn.

Stitching for Solidarity

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Stitching for Solidarity is a thought-provoking exhibition that highlights the poignant narratives woven into the fabric of resistance. In
collaboration with Conflict Textiles, we are delighted to present 12 arpilleras from 1976, '77, and '78, acquired in Chile by a member of the
Chile Solidarity Committee of Berlin. These arpilleras, expertly mounted on Irish linen, are exhibited together for the first time, marking a historic occasion. Additionally, this collaboration marks the inaugural merging of Chilean hessian and Irish linen by Conflict Textiles, adding a unique dimension to the exhibition.

Stitching for Solidarity: Exhibition Launch

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Join us for the launch of the Stitching for Solidarity exhibition. At this event, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Conflict Textiles and their impactful work, as well as celebrating the resilience amidst conflict and exploring the transformative power of textiles in promoting positive change. Discover how arpilleras serve as powerful expressions of resistance against human rights abuses and repression, and how this form of creative expression transcends borders to foster dialogue, understanding, and healing from the grassroots up.

Blood on the Dance Floor

Linen Hall Library 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, United Kingdom

Join us for a special screening of the powerful BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight documentary, Blood on the Dance Floor. It describes how Darren Bradshaw, a gay police officer, was shot dead by a republican gunman in The Parliament Bar (a gay bar) in Belfast in 1997, and the impact of his killing and its circumstances. It also explores the experiences of the LGBT community in this period. This event coincides with Pride Week and will be followed by a Q&A with its creator, Jordan Dunbar – allowing us to discuss what’s involved in current affairs journalism, including the BBC podcast series on which this edition of Spotlight was based.

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