Orange Order to hold series of events for heritage week
The Orange institution's first ever heritage week will encompass history, culture and music, organisers have said.
Running from September 21 to 28, the event includes a programme of activities that celebrate and inform audiences about the origins and traditions of the Loyal Order, its membership and influence on society.
Events include historical talks on the origins of the Loyal Order, its role during the Home Rule period, and the service and sacrifice of Orangemen during the First World War.
Several Orange halls will open their doors to the public.
The timing of the initiative has historical and cultural relevance, commencing on the anniversary of the formation of the Institution in 1795.
Grand Master Edward Stevenson said the event would underline the Order's ongoing relevance in contemporary society.