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NI Human Rights Festival launches 2019 programme

Festival co-ordinator Lizzie Howard (left) and Claire Martin from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Festival co-ordinator Lizzie Howard (left) and Claire Martin from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

By Staff Reporter

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF) has officially launched its 2019 events programme.

The festival, which runs in venues across Belfast and Northern Ireland from Sunday, December 8 to Saturday, December 14, is a collaboration of various charities, academics, artists and other organisations that wish to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here and across the globe.

From immersive theatre to stand-up comedy, from talks and discussions to kids' art workshops and book readings, the festival has a wide range of events and human rights issues to explore.

Of particular relevance this year are events on the ongoing challenges faced by the climate crisis, Brexit, mental health, homelessness and transgender rights, among many others.

Kevin Hanratty, director of the Human Rights Consortium, which runs the festival, said: "Through events that are accessible and topical, we hope that our engagement and understanding of rights as a society can continue to develop.

"There is something in the festival for all ages and interests and we hope that the public continue to engage in these events."

The full festival programme can be found at www.nihrf.com

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