Newton Emerson finds the republican demonisation of Orangefest curious especially by contrasting it with the Feile in West Belfast. The Feile succeeded in transforming the annual Internment riots to a period of calm. While Newton does not believe the Feile has created an inclusive event he does wonder:
“So who are the Shinners to say that the same trick won’t work on the July fortnight? Indeed, aren’t the Shinners the very last people who should be saying that the same trick won’t work on the July fortnight?”
On the levels of investment he points out that:
“For a start, the West Belfast Festival will continue to receive more funding than ‘Bigotfest’ for at least the next three years, on top of the far larger sums of public money invested in it to date.”
Living History 1968-74
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.
Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…