CIVIL RIGHTS FESTIVAL
THE GUILDHALL, DERRY
Gaeltacht Civil Rights Event
Thursday 4 October – 7pm Tower Museum
The TG4 documentary An Mar a Chéile Muid? on the Gaeltacht Civil Rights movement in Conamara in 1968 will be shown followed by panel discussion with Seán Ó Cualáin, filmmaker, Fearghal Mag Uiginn (BBC Blas), Sara Ní Chuireáin, Mícheál Colm Mac Giolla Easpaig which will discuss civil rights issues then and now.
Bi-lingual headsets will be available.
Friday 5 October 2018
Voices of ’68 exhibition in Waterloo Place Building 1-3 Waterloo Place, Derry BT48 6BT from Friday 5 October 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018.
1968 is a pivotal year, and not just for Northern Ireland. National Museums NI’s new exhibition encourages a fresh look at this crucial period in Northern Ireland’s history. It is told in the words of some of those most directly involved at the time.
Schools Civil Rights Workshop in Guildhall
- Jim McBride
- Dr Chris Reynolds
- Eamon McCann
- Anne Devlin
- Aidan McKinney
In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, special viewing in the Playhouse Theatre, Address: 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry BT48 6RG
In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America is a compelling feature documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, with dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland and stirring accounts by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as US Congressmen and Senators.
Film will be followed with Q&A with Maurice Fitzpatrick, filmmaker.
Launch of Speeches, Strikes and Struggles exhibition at Ebrington
Launch of Civil Rights Festival with an address from Derry City and Strabane District Mayor, Councillor John Boyle.
Songs of Civil Rights 7.15pm – 10pm
Concert in Guildhall with artists confirmed – Damien Dempsey, Diane Greer, Paddy Nash and Special Guests.
Words of Civil Rights: Stephen Rea, Martin Lynch (Playwright) Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls), and Stuart Bailie.
All proceeds in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue.
Guildhall Conference Day 1
Saturday 6 October 2018
Registration and viewing Voice of 68 exhibition in Whitaker Suite
Welcome from Mayor of Derry and Strabane
The Historical Importance of Civil Rights
- Henry Patterson, Ulster University
- Eilish Rooney, Ulster University
- Emmet O’Connor, Ulster University
Civil Rights Voices of 1968
- Eamon McCann
- Marian Donnelly
- Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh
- Erskine Holmes
- Maureen Hetherington
Chair: Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan
Address by Ivan Cooper, Civil Rights leader and presentation to him in recognition of his role in Civil Rights
Mayors Reception for President Michael D Higgins prior to address.
Address by President Michael D Higgins
Choir will sing civil rights song before and after ending with We Shall Overcome
John Hume Human Rights Lecture by Fergal Keane BBC Journalist, introduced by Pat Hume
International Human Rights Panel in association with Front Line Human Rights Defenders Today
Levent Piskin is a Turkish human rights defender and human rights lawyer working on LGBTI+ issues.
Wanjeri Nderu (Florence) is a Kenyan human rights defender based in Nairobi who uses mainstream media and social media spaces to gather information on human rights violations.
Moderated by Tara Madden from Front Line Defenders
Close and viewing exhibition
More Female Lines – Reflections on 1968
7.00pm Playhouse Theatre
In Female Lines, an anthology of 13 women writers, poets and playwrights from Northern Ireland have volunteered short readings, to reflect on 68 in their work: Some of the women were present at the time, others accompanied parents on civil rights marches, but most of them did not. What they all share is a desire to insert women’s voices into the narrative.
The 13 are: Medbh McGuckian, Paula Cunningham, Grainne Tobin, Cherry Smyth, Rosemary Jenkinson, Jean Bleakney, Anne Devlin, Sheena Wilkinson, Wendy Erskine, Maureen Boyle, Moyra Donaldson, Julieann Campbell.
Guildhall Conference Day 2
Sunday 7 October 2018
“The British State, NI and the delivery of Civil and Human Rights: lessons and learnings”
- Gareth Pierce
- Michael Mansfield QC
- Baroness Nuala O’Loan
- Lord Alf Dubs
Chair: Denis Bradley
How significant was the role of the media in Civil Rights in 1968?
- Patrick Murphy
- Martin Cowley
- Deaglan De Breadun
- Ben Lowry
Chair: Leona O’Neill, Journalist
Short presentation on Springtown Camp Memorial
Summing up and close, Paul Arthur and Mayor Closing Remarks
Mayor’s Closing Reception for CR Committee and invited guests.