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Tragedy of Transatlantic Slave Trade is Captured in Art at Linen Hall in October

On 1 October the Linen Hall launches a new exhibition EXODUS: Commemorating 400 years since the start of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, produced by ACSONI (African and Caribbean Support Northern Ireland). Through a mixed-media presentation, the exhibition focuses on and remembers the Maangamizi (genocide of those caught up in the slave trade) 

Also launching in October is a showcase of Indian representations of Shakespeare’s works in the exhibition Discovering Shakespeare’s Indian Connections. 

The schedule of October events in date order is as follows: 

EXODUS: Commemorating 400 years since the start of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
1 – 31 October/ exhibition/ free
This mixed-media exhibition focuses on remembering, understanding and appreciating this dark chapter in our history. Also features artwork by Jamaican-Caribbean artists living in Northern Ireland including Wayne Francois and Rainbow Ashwood. This exhibition has been produced by ACSONI 

Linenopolis Walking Tours
1, 8, 15, 22 October at 10.00am/ walking tour/ £10pp
Discover Belfast’s linen heritage with a walk around the city centre exploring the buildings and streets that played a part in the boom and bust industry. Meet at main reception desk, 2nd floor Linen Hall Library. 

Conradh na Gaeilge: Survival and Revival
With Dr Niall Comer, Ulster University
Wednesday 2 October at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free
Dr Comer will look at the role of social and cultural organization Conradh na Gaeilge in the Gaelic revival and its campaigns to protect language rights throughout Ireland. 

50 years of Belfast Peace Walls
With Associate Professor James O’Leary
Thursday 3 October at 1.00pm / lecture/ free
On 10th September 1969, British Army engineers started work on what became known as the ‘peace line’ in West Belfast. Fifty years later it has mutated into the current Cupar Way peace wall. Where are we with the wall in 2019? 

Irish Book Club
Thursday 3 October at 1.00pm/ Irish language book club/ free
Speak Irish? Or want to brush up on your language skills? Join in the conversation. This month’s title is Paras 1919 by Gabhán Ó Fachtna. 

Beginners Irish Classes
From Friday 11 October to Friday 13 December 4.15pm – 5.15pm/ free
Your chance to learn the Irish language. Classes are funded by the Ultach Trust (eolas@ultach.org). 

Let’s Talk About Language
Tuesday 15, 22 & 29 October and 5, 12 & 19 November at 6.30pm/ lecture/ free
Celebrating thirty years of Irish language classes in the Linen Hall Library and the European Year of Indigenous Languages, this six-week series covers a variety of aspects of Irish language and culture.   

Discovering Shakespeare’s Indian Connections
28 October – 28 November/ exhibition/ free
New exhibition that showcases Indian representations of Shakespeare’s works. Curated by Queen’s University Belfast postdoctoral researchers Thea Buckley and Rosa Garcia–Periago. Features items from stage, props and costumes to translations and comics in Indian languages.   

Linen Hall Reading Group
Thursday 31 October at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free
All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the chosen book of the month. October’s title up for discussion is The Chain by Adrian McKinty. 

The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm. For more information please visit our website at www.linenhall.com  


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