Belfast’s unique festival of ideas will return during 25-31 March with its biggest ever programme and an open invitation for the public to engage with the big issues of our times.
During the coming year, which will be dominated by Brexit, the local government elections, and a number of key commemorations, the ground-breaking festival offers up an eclectic programme with over 130 events across the city.
Strictly non-partisan, the festival reaches out to people from all backgrounds with a wide range of events including talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, films, walking tours, exhibitions and lots more.
The diverse advance programme includes the renowned author Lionel Shriver, best known for her award-winning novel 'We Need to Talk About Kevin.' George Monbiot – the author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner; and one of Ireland’s most distinguished former politicians and Mary Harney - the first woman to lead an Irish political party and be Tánaiste.
The festival will also host a major exhibition by leading local artist Rita Duffy and the equality champion, Richard Wilkinson, will discuss the social and individual effects of inequality.
The programme of talks also includes a lecture by journalist Vincent Browne on the fortuitous partition of Ireland and a discussion on the art of gentle protest with the Craftism Collective founder, Sarah Corbett.
The leading comedian, Shazia Mirza will also appear alongside entertainer and satirist Paddy Cullivan who will perform ‘The Joy of Brex’, a musical show about Brexit.