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Belfast Homecoming 2015 event to welcome diaspora

Sons and daughters of Belfast who have sought their fortunes in business overseas are to be welcomed back for a homecoming event next month.

The Belfast Homecoming 2015, organised by networking group NI Connections, will be led by a delegation from the New York State legislature, who will be among those celebrating Belfast as a city on the move.

Connla McCann, director of Aisling Events, said: "This year's Homecoming is set to shine a positive light on Belfast's progress.

"We have the biggest delegation from New York arriving, with guest speakers including councillor Daniel Dromm, chair of education committee at New York City Council, and key regional European leaders such as the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto.

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"We anticipate that over 150 of our leading diaspora will arrive in Belfast for this event. I'd like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support in welcoming our diaspora back home to Northern Ireland and help in making the event possible."

The event will include plenary sessions on how Belfast can be transformed through business, investment, arts, job creation and tourism.

And the premiere of Marcus Robinson's film Van Morrison Live on Cyprus Avenue will also take place during the Homecoming, which takes place between October 7 and 10.

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