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What's On in April

31 March 2017


Did it work for us? Linen Hall Marks 50th Anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in April

What was the impact of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association set up in 1967, and did it achieve what it set out to do? The Linen Hall hosts a lecture and discussion about the circumstances that brought about NICRA which championed equality in Northern Ireland’s troubled times.

And there’s something for the kids – an egg-citing Easter event on 15 April. Plus our popular reading groups.

The April schedule in chronological order:

War Torn Children

Continues from March until 15 April / Exhibition / Free
New and exclusive to the Linen Hall in partnership with Conflict Textiles and INNATE, this powerful exhibition exposes the tragic and devastating consequences of war on children through a series of arpilleras (three dimensional textiles). There is also a photographic display entitled After the Waves, which captures the plight of refugees, accompanying the main exhibition.

Northern Ireland’s Civil Rights Movements – a reappraisal with Professor Emeritus Paul Arthur

Friday 7 April at 1pm / Lecture / Free
Professor Emeritus Paul Arthur, Honorary Associate, INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) at Ulster University, has acted in a consultancy capacity for the United Nations Research Institute in Social Development on political violence, and the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at the House of Commons on an inquiry ‘Dealing with the Past’.

NICRA 50th Anniversary Discussion

Saturday 8 April at 1.30 – 3.30pm / Discussion / Free
With speakers Anthony Couglan, Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin, and former NICRA organizer Kevin McCorry. Focus will be on the importance played by NICRA in Northern Ireland history.

Irish Book Club

Saturday 8 April at 11am / Book Club / Free
Part of the Líofa Programme to encourage the use and study of the Irish language, the Irish book club is free and meets on the second Saturday of each month. This month’s title is Caisleáin Óir cuid a haon by ‘Márie’ [Séamus Ó Grianna].

How to make an Arpillera Doll

Friday 14 April at 2pm – 4pm / Workshop / Free
Arpilleras are a textile applique technique with a long history of resistance. Join War-Torn Children curator Roberta Bacic and learn more about the history of these textiles. Please feel free to bring scraps of fabric to make your doll – no sewing required.

Easter Storytime and Rhyme

Saturday 15 April at 11am / Family Event / Free
Hop along to our special storytime and rhyme event. Staff will tell egg-citing Easter tales. Join in with music, rhythm and rhyme. Suitable for youngsters up to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 27 April at 1.10pm / Discussion / Free
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is April’s title.

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Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.