Thursday 29 September in Belfast – Looking for an Evening Out? Spoiled for Choice

image There are four events scheduled for Thursday 29 September in Belfast that are of great interest to me, and therefore also potentially of interest to readers of this blog. The biggest problem is how to choose where to go!

Concerned citizens of Belfast and beyond can choose from the following:

A Screening of ‘Unheard Voices’

This event will start at 7 pm in Belfast City Hall. It’s organised by the WAVE Trauma Centre and Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Unit. The publicity for the event describes it this way:

Working in collaboration with victims and survivors from the WAVE Trauma Centre and the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster, this film records the stories of six individuals affected in different ways by our recent conflict.  This short film has recorded powerful collections of the move out of violence, as the themes of loss, recovery, strength and remembering are reflected through trauma, grief and hope.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the films contributors, chaired by Peter McBride, advisory member of the Commission for Victim and Survivors Pilot Forum and director of Niamh; the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. 

People are asked to RSVP their attendance, including any mobility requirements you may have on Telephone: (028) 7126 6655 or

An Evening with the Benedictine Monks of Holy Cross Monastery at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Monkstown

The Monkstown community has organised a week-long programme of ecumenical events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. Thursday at 7 pm the Benedictine Monks from Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor, Co. Down, will visit for a ‘Celtic Praise Evening with supper.’ It will include a time of chanting and contemplative silence, as well as Irish dancers and a harpist.

In Joyful Hope – A New Venture in Eucharistic Fellowship in Gilnahirk

The next celebration in the ‘In Joyful Hope’ initiative, which is designed to promote Eucharistic fellowship among various Christian denominations, will be on Thursday at 8 pm in St. Dorothea’s Church of Ireland, Gilnahirk. Previous celebrations have been in Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Church of Ireland churches in and around Belfast.

A private reading of PHILIP ORR’S PLAY “1912-100 years on”

This event starts at 7.30 at the Centre for Contemporary Christianity, Third Floor, 21Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. It’s described as a ‘private reading’ of a new play written by Philip Orr and Alan McGuckian, which the Centre will be offering to different venues across Northern Ireland in Spring 2012.

When “1912-One Hundred years on” goes on tour it will be part of an evening with the play and then a facilitated discussion after a short interval with refreshments.

I received an invitation to this event, which I don’t think has been publicized too widely because the play will be touring in the coming months. But any readers particularly interested in this topic could try emailing if they would like to attend or learn more about the work of the Centre.

So what am I going to?

None of the above! I’m a member of the Board of Athletics Northern Ireland, and on Thursday we’re hosting Charles Van Commenee, Head Coach of UK Athletics and the British Olympic squad – which is also free and open to the public. That’s where I’ll be.

But I do wish I could be in five places at once!

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