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Féile 2016 Discussion & Dabates

Date: 28 July – 13th Aug

Time: various

Venue: Various

Ireland’s biggest community arts festival is delighted to present this year’s Discussions and Debates programme of events. with almost 50 talks, debates, discussions and literary events, hosted mainly in the wonderful surroundings of St Mary’s University College in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter.

Féile an Phobal, born in the midst of a most difficult period of conflict, provides a platform for its communities’ needs. It shows leadership by creating an enabling and compelling environment for passionate debate and new thinking about Ireland’s future. those who visit it, whether local or foreign, will see their issues, their concerns being confidently aired.

For full list of events, venues and times click here: http://visitwestbelfast.com/wp-content/uploads/Féile-DD.pdf


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Sharon Shannon, Frances Black & Mary coughlan

Date: 9th August 2016 

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Clonard Monastry

Irish music legends Sharon Shannon, Frances black and Mary Coughlan are uniting for a unique Féile show at Clonard Monastery. These three astonishing performers are no stranger to sharing a stage, having been an integral part of the successful “Woman’s heart” albums and tours. The three performers will each perform a set with their own musicians, featuring many of their greatest hits, then everyone comes on stage together to finish the evening. This promises to be a very special night in a truly evocative venue.

With very special guest Brigid O’Neill

Tickets £10




66 days

66 days a film by Brendan Byrne

Date: (30 July) 3rd-4th August 2016 

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Omniplex, Kennedy Centre Belfast

Produced by award multi award winning producer/director Brendan Byrne, 66 DAYS tells the factual story of Bobby Sands’ life for the first time on film. Using eye-witness testimony, unseen archive, reconstructions and animation, this cinematic odyssey serves as both the definitive account of a self-created Irish Martyr and a seismic moment in 20th century Irish history, the legacy of which we continue to live with today.

In partnership with Féile an Phobail & Belfast Film Festival

Tickets £8.

(Special screening Saturday 30th July 7pm)




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Father Kane SJ V James Connolly

Date: 9th August 2016

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Conway Mill, Education floor

For years before 1916 there was also an intellectual battle going on between those who believed that some people, an elite, were fit to rule, the rest, ordinary folk, were not. among those who favoured rule by the few were politicians, landowners, high clergy, including Pope Leo Xiii. Among those who favoured self-rule by the people, ordinary folk, were a multitude of people from Moscow to Dublin. Father Kane SJ supported the minority, Connolly the majority. 

This presentation is an attempt to set the Irish and international scene in which one of the most important questions is not why did revolution happen , but why it did not happen sooner and with more support. Organised by Springhill Community house.

Tom Cox award will also be presented at this event



Portrait of Paul Robeson Smiling for Camera 1926

The Artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery

Date: fri 5th Aug 2016

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Shankill Library

International brigade Commemoration Committee presents: a talk about Paul Robeson’s support for the Republic of Spain and the International brigade. Paul Robeson, lawyer, footballer (US), civil rights activist, actor and singer. Giving the talk will be Nancy wallach of the Abraham Lincoln brigade archives.

Nancy is the daughter of Hy Wallach, a member of the Lincoln brigade. Martin Lynch, political activist and playwright will chair the meeting. Flowers will be laid on the memorial in Writers Square.







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Gary Younge Black Lives Matter

Date: Thur 4th august 

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: St Marys University College

Gary Younge, award-winning author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian, will speak on the black lives Matter movement in the US. he was Guardian’s US correspondent from 2003 until 2015. he has written four books, The Speech, The Story behind Martin luther King’s Dream, Who are We?, and Should it Matter in the 21st century, Stranger in a Strange land, Travels in the Disunited States and no Place like home, a black briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. his fifth, another Day in the Death of america, is out in September. his awards include James Cameron award for his coverage of the obama campaign. in 2015 he was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year by The UK Comment awards.





Perspectives of Rising

Perspectives on the Easter Rising

Date: Aug 3rd – 5th 2016

Time: 1.00pm

Venue: St Marys University College

The relevance of Roger Casement Wed 3rd 1pm In this illustrated talk, Angus Mitchell, a historian, postcolonial critic and scholar on Roger Casement,will consider the relevance of Casement to Ulster a century after his execution.

International aspects of the rising Thur 4th 1pm With assistance from the ‘Exiled children in America’, and men and women in Britain, Dr. Ruan O’Donnell examines the fascinating strands of influence and effect emanating from and into Ireland during the first phase of the modern revolutionary period.

Constance Markievicz The Rebel countess fri 5th 1pm Using underused and previously undiscovered sources Belfast native Dr Laura McAtackney will provide new insights into the illusive and remarkable character of Constance as a child, revolutionary, and, later, as a campaigner for social justice. 

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Jake O’Kane Live Féile Big tent

Date: Aug 5th 2016

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Féile big Top Falls Park

Hot on the heels of several sell-out tours, hugely popular appearances on ‘The Blame game,’ the hit Tear Gas DVD and hundreds of thousands of social media hits for his dissection of the ‘flegs’ dispute, Jake has put together a special collection of material for this years festival.

Combining photographs and stories taken from the Irish News archives, Jake will be taking his usual no-nonsense approach to relationships and religions, modern life to being a ginger and everything else in between, illustrating the insanity and humanity that makes our society and people so unique.

Tickets £15





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Colin Neighbourhood Summer Festival 2016

Date: Tue 2nd – Sat 13th Aug

Time: See description

Venue: See description

We are delighted to announce 2 events that will take place during our Colin Summer Festival programme.

Pop-Up Food and Craft Market – Tuesday 2nd August.Our first ever Pop-up Food and Craft Market will take place from 11am & 4pm at the Colin Allotment site, opposite Colin Glen Fuels. Vendors including breads, meats, confectionery, and artisan food products and drinks. There will also be local artists work as well as face painting for the kids, live music and a cookery demonstration.

Colin Fun Day and Carnival Parade – Thursday 11th AugustThe parade will leave St Luke’s Church car park in Twinbrook at 12.45pm and make its way up the Stewartstown Road to the Laurel Glen Shops, where there will be inflatable games, face painting, live music, and much more. And best of all both events are FREE!

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All Saints live at Féile An Phobail

Date: Aug 7th 2016

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Féile big Top Falls Park

All Saints are one of the most successful pop groups of their Era. releasing their first album in 1997 titled “All Saints” it went on to become the third best selling female pop group album of all time. Also extremely successful in the singles charts they went on to have 9 consecutive top 10 hits with 5 number 1s. Their single Never Ever has gone on to become the second best selling group single behind Spice Girls Wannabe.

In 2016 All saints announced a new album Red Flag followed by a tour. A tour that will have all their greatest hits and songs from their new album.

Tickets available now for £20





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Deacon Blue & special guests Hue & Cry

Date: Aug 13th 2016

Time: Doors open 7.30pm

Venue: Féile Big Top Falls Park

Deacon Blue are a Scottish pop group with over 6 million album sales. Formed in Glasgow in 1985 the band went onto become one of the most successful pop groups from the end of the 80s into the early 90s with hits including “Real Gone Girl, Dignity and chocolate Girl” they went onto have 2 number 1 albums and 12 UK top 40 hits. Still as popular as ever and recently playing at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow, deacon Blue are back with a new tour for 2016 coinciding with a new studio album set for release this September.

Supporting them are another successful scottish group Hue and Cry. Having chart success in the late 80s Hue and Cry went on to sell over 2 million records worldwide with songs Labour of Love and Looking for Linda


Belfats Rising Roddys

Brassneck present Belfast Rising by Tony Devlin

Date: Aug 4th – 6th 2016

Time: Doors open 7.30pm

Venue: Roddy McCorley Social Club

Belfast 1916, an industrial powerhouse at the heart of an empire. A city immersed in the revolutionary and radical politics of it’s time that would drive a number of it’s citizens to strike for their country’s freedom. Through story, song and visuals, ‘Belfast Rising’ uncovers the legacy of the women and men connected with the city who would rally to their country’s cause, and strike at the heart of the British empire in pursuit of their independence.

This powerful production from Brassneck Theatre Company, explores the impact that Belfast had upon the Easter Rising of 1916

Tickets £10 T: 02890 300480






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