Féile an Phobail – Jeremy Corbyn, Mairia Cahill … and the 1916 Proclamation for Prods

Feile logoLeft-wing Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn joins the West Belfast Talks Back panel for the annual political knockabout in St Louise’s Comprehensive College. Noel Thompson will keep the peace and chair the panel that includes Sinn Féin South Dublin councillor Eoin Ó Broin, PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr Johnston and DUP MP Gavin Robinson. Wednesday 5 August at 7pm.

This year’s Féile an Phobail runs from Thursday 30 July until Sunday 9 August. While the programme includes hundreds of events, listed below is a selection of those with a political slant.

Vets – Hardtalk sees veteran republicans Bobby Storey and Danny Morrison in conversation about growing up in west of the city and the early days of the Troubles. Danny will also read from his book West Belfast. Andersontown Social Club on Thursday 30 July at 6.30pm. Free.

On the 12th I Proudly Wear – republican Sean (Spike) Murray will debate parading with Orangeman Mervyn Gibson. Why parade? Who parades? Why is it so hard to find tolerance and respect? St Mary’s University College on Friday 31 July at 7pm. [Not the first time they’ve shared a platform on this issue.]

Mairia Cahill will deliver the Gerry Conlon Summer Memorial Lecture in St Mary’s University College on Saturday 1 August at 5pm. Chaired by SDLP MLA Alex Attwood.

A collection of An Phoblacht articles were released under the title of Uncomfortable Conversations during the recent election campaign. Facilitated by Corrymeela’s Susan McEwen, Uncomfortable Conversations – Steps to Healing and Reconciliation will bring together deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, North Belfast minister and deputy chief Equality Commissioner Lesley Carroll, CRC chair Peter Osborne, and researcher Sophie Long. St Mary’s University College on Monday 3 August at 5pm.

Marriage Equality – Getting from Here to Yes: Amnesty International brings together a panel who are campaigning for marriage equality in the north. St Mary’s University College on Monday 3 August at 7pm.

Yiannis Bournous from the political secretariat of SYRIZA will deliver a talk on A Fight for Democracy, Peace and Social Justice that addresses the wider Greek political situation and the challenges faced by the left wing party. St Mary’s University College on Tuesday 4 August at 5pm.

Conflict or Peace: What difference does it make for women? Monica McWilliams delivers the PJ Mc Grory Memorial Lecture, highlighting women’s experience in conflict and post-conflict on this island and further afield. St Mary’s University College on Tuesday 4 August at 7pm.

Five speakers will explain what the 1916 Proclamation means to them in St Mary’s University College on Wednesday 5 August at 2pm. Actor Tony Devlin will read the Proclamation followed by the thoughts of Phil Scraton, Jacqui Upton, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Marie Quierry and Des Donnelly.

Youth Talks Back returns to Whiterock Leisure Centre. William Crawley will chair a discussion about the issues raised from the floor with PSNI community police officer Paul McGovern, journalist Lyra McKee, Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile and an as yet unnamed PUL representative. Wednesday 5 August at 2pm.

Later that afternoon in The Proclamation for Prods: What the 1916 Centenary Might Say to Non-Republicans, teacher, songwriter and Presbyterian elder Dave Thompson looks at how someone from a protestant unionist background can share in the 1916 centenary. Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre on Wednesday 5 August at 4pm.

Will the Questions of the Past Ever be Answered? Brian Rowan chairs a discussion with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (who’s calling for uncomfortable conversations) and the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton (who’d like people to step outside their comfort zones). St Mary’s University College on Thursday 6 August at 7.30pm.

Britain’s Involvement in Torture in Prisons Part and Present brings together two of the ‘hooded men’ Joe Clarke and Jim Auld with Gerry Brannigan and ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg. Conway Mill on Saturday 8 August at 7pm. Event cancelled by organisers Cogús to maximise attendance at Anti-Racism World Cup.

And now for something completely different ..

Malachi O’Doherty’s Back to Landscape exhibition of Donegal photographs opens in Ballaí Bána Gallery in Culturlann on Thursday 30 July at 7pm. Malachi’s giving a talk on What Is Photography For? the following day on Saturday 1 August at 2pm.

If all that talk is too much you could head along to the Belfast Waterworks to watch traditional Irish boating and currach racing! Basic training from 11am-2pm and racing from 2pm-3pm on Saturday 1 August.

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  • the rich get richer

    Good Headline.

    Certainly a varied and interesting menu.

  • chrisjones2

    One of your links on this page generates a ‘Malicious Website Link’ warning

  • mickfealty

    Erm, which?

  • Niall Chapman

    With people like Jeremy Corbyn, Moazzam Begg and Yiannis Bournous speaking, as well as a host of local politcal activists and politicians from a large spectrum of the Nationalist/Unionist and Socialist/Conservative divides the Feile must be one of the best political events in Europe, at least in trying to give opinions from both sides (but I will admit the scales are tipped firmly to the left)

  • Robin Keogh

    Thanks for that, Iam gonna try to get along to some of those, it’s great to see such a wide variety of people from all backgrounds involved, the festival seems to get bigger and better every year

  • Robin Keogh

    Mick, they are all fine

  • mac tire

    links.services.discuss. Probably a false negative, but Chris is correct, a warning is given through Malwarebytes.

  • Chingford Man

    The evolution of Amnesty International: from prisoners of conscience to gay marriage. That might be a more interesting session.

  • Turgon

    I agree entirely though to be fair Amnesty UK still seems to worry about wrongly convicted people, human rights abuses, capital punishment etc. Not so Amnesty NI which seems to be uniquely obsessed with homosexual marriage: though it does give a small mention to supporting abortion as well.

  • chrisjones2

    Yes..same here. Its happening on all sites that use Disqus

  • McConville Wootton

    The Craigavon Two Campaign’s annual discussion on the miscarriage of justice of Brendan McConville & John Paul Wootton.

    7 August at 19:00, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

    This Year’s guest speaker is Jan Cunliffe of the justice group Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association ‘JENGBA’

    Come and hear the injustice for yourself!

  • belfastbiker

    I hear that there were crossed wires, and Julie Anne Corr won’t be attending sadly, which is a shame, she’s passionate and reasonable.