NIHRF 2018 Programme Launched!

November 26, 2018

The NIHRF has launched its most ambitious programme yet in a year that’s fit to burst with important anniversaries;

100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote.
70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
50 years since the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement became international news.
20 years since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

There’s a lot to celebrate in the 2018 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, which runs from 9-15 December.

The festival brings together a wide range of exciting, engaging and creative events to help us celebrate these important milestones, but also to think about how we can best protect rights in the future.

From film screenings to dramas, stand-up comedy to kids’ art workshops and book readings, the festival has something for everyone.

The themes are as varied as the activities – from human rights and developing technologies to the struggle of the suffragettes, from Brexit to the Handmaid’s Tale, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the concept of a Basic Income – every interest is catered for.

So join the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival this December to help celebrate what we have, together.

Kevin Hanratty of the NIHRF said,
“The aim of this festival is to bring discussion, debate and participation in human rights dialogue and activism to as wide an audience as possible. Through artistic and cultural mediums, the festival programme is able to cut through much of the rhetoric and misinterpretations of human rights and get people involved in thinking about their rights and the rights of others. In a year when we have the anniversary of partial suffrage, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Civil Rights movement and the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement it is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate those achievements and reflect on what is left to do together to advance the protection of rights locally and globally.”

The full festival programme can be found at

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