#DouglassWeek, celebrates the life of American abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass, taking place in Belfast from 14th – 20th April.

Inspired by Frederick Douglass, known as the father of the civil rights movement in America, events will take place across Belfast and will provide a platform to discuss topics including freedom, independence, diversity, identity and allyship.

The event series, now in its fourth year, has previously been held in Cork, Washington, DC and Rochester, New York.

The significance of #DouglassWeek coming to Belfast reflects the special connection that Douglass had with the city, having spent time in Belfast in the 1840s as part of a speaking and book tour of Ireland denouncing slavery and raising funds for abolitionist causes.

#DW24 events will include:

• Opening of a special one-week art exhibition at Ulster University, followed by a “Curating Activism” panel discussion about marginalized voices, examining diverse communities and issues connected by Belfast on Sunday 14th

• The International Kickoff of Reading Frederick Douglass Together project on Monday 15th at the new Frederick Douglass statue on Rosemary Street, with readings of Douglass’s speeches by international visitors and local collaborators

• A half-day symposium at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), also on Monday 15th, tracing the legacies of Frederick Douglass and other social reformers in Ireland and Northern Ireland and detailing the profound impact he continues to have on work towards justice and equality around the world

• A “Douglass Dialogues” Conversation between renowned author Jan Carson and poet and playwright Nandipha Jola on Tuesday 16th at the Ulster Museum

• A “Douglass Dialogues” Conversation with Douglass descendants Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. reflecting on family history and personal stories with Douglass family biographer and historian Professor Marie-Celeste Bernier on Wednesday 17th at Linen Hall Library

• Guided Walking Tours with Anti-Slavery Belfast on Sunday 14th and Tuesday 16th, tracing Douglass and his visits to Belfast, highlighting how its citizens became integral to the abolitionist movement

• #DouglassWeek-related film screenings at Queen’s Film Theatre throughout the week

• A family fun run and community gathering on Saturday 20th in Belfast City Centre

• The week will conclude with a moving and memorable evening at the Duncairn Centre with Harmonies of Freedom: Honouring Frederick Douglass in Belfast, a special one-night-only evening celebrating Douglass through word and song featuring Broadway stars and Douglass descendants joining local and other international artists, dancers, elected officials and community leaders.

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Tickets & Pricing
Sun, 14 Apr 2024 12:00 - 10:00pm
Mon, 15 Apr 2024 9:30am - 9:00pm
Tue, 16 Apr 2024 10:30am - 9:45pm
Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:00 - 10:00pm
Thu, 18 Apr 2024 10:00am - 11:00pm
Fri, 19 Apr 2024 1:00 - 8:00pm
Sat, 20 Apr 2024 10:00am - 10:00pm

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