Imagine Festival: does political violence work?
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm
Imagine Festival: does political violence work? @ The Green Room

A talk by Professor Richard English.

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement.

Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.

He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published by Oxford University Press. He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history.

Age 14+. Includes Q+A.

Imagine Festival: the living book library
Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm
Imagine Festival: the living book library @ The Black Box

The living library allows you to borrow a person instead of reading a book, you sit with a person / living book for a one-to-one 20 minute conversation.

We have 13 living books /people for you to choose from, giving you the chance to have a one-to-one conversation with someone you might never have had the opportunity to speak to. Select the book / books you are interested in on the city council website, then contact them who will give you a timeslot between 1 and 4pm and provide you will more details on the event.

This is what past participants have said about the event:

“I was blown away by the living library, I borrowed two human books and the experience totally opened my eyes about people who have come here as asylum seekers and people who are from a very different community background to me… It was incredible to hear their stories and have my own perceptions questioned.”

“Being able to sit down with someone from a different background and community and listen to their story was something special. I sat with a person I would normally have no contact with and very limited understanding of their point of view. It gave me something to think about.”

Age 18+.

IMAGINE FESTIVAL: Ideas into movement
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm

Green Room, The Black Box, Hill Street
27th March: 6.00pm – 9.00pm (doors 5.30pm)
Presented by The Transnational Institute.

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute based in Amsterdam. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

TNI envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry.

Showcasing the importance of working between social movements engaged scholars, policy makers, artists and activists. TNI is proud to host a few hours of short presentations, friendly discussion, meet and greets with short videos, music and informal conversation at the Imagine! Festival.

Come along and meet some of the leaders of our programmes and check out examples of Transformative cities, alternative security, remunicipalisation of public alternatives, social inclusion and rethinking shrinking space and more.

Copies of our books and publications with also be available or you can check out our work at www.tni.org

Music by Chris Kelly.

IMAGINE FESTIVAL-Tim McGarry’s Political Party
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm

Is politics getting you down? Then join Tim McGarry as he finds the funny in all things political and discusses everything from Brexit to gay cakes and from Irish language Acts to going on holiday with Ian Paisley. With a leap of fertile imagination Tim will even envisage a functioning government at Stormont.

At the end, you may never vote again or you may start your own political party.

Tim McGarry is an actor, writer, stand-up comedian and broadcaster, best known for playing the part of Da in the popular sitcom Give My Head Peace. He also presents The Blame Game on BBC NI.

Support is from Terry McHugh. Terry is a stalwart of the Irish comedy scene. The former yo-yo champion has appeared on the Blame Game and has gigged all over the country supporting Tim and Jake O’Kane on recent tours.

Doors: 7pm

Age restriction: 18+

Imagine Festival:the irish language is not a weapon but an invaluable tool for unity
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm
Imagine Festival:the irish language is not a weapon but an invaluable tool for unity @ The Green Room

The Black Box Green Room, Hill Street
29th March: 3.00pm – 4.00pm (doors 2.30pm)
Never more popular, there are more children in Irish medium education and more Irish language organisations than at any other time in recent history. The Irish language has also, never been more contentious.

Presented by Bríd Ó Gallchoir, who is artistic director of the Irish language theatre company, Aisling Ghéar, and Linda Ervine, founder and director of Turas, where she runs over 15 Irish language and cultural classes. Turas is based at the East Belfast Mission on the Newtownards Road. They believe that the Irish language can be a force for unity in our society and will put this case at the event. They will also be presenting a short sketch, performed by professional actors, which will help to illustrate and enliven their case. They are both looking forward to a lively Q&A after their presentation.

Age 18+.

Imagine! Festival-shazia mirza: Work in progress
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, cranks, solitary confinement and alpha males.

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows – With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2019.

“I know that 17 million people who voted leave aren’t all racist – just like you can’t blame all the Irish for Riverdance”.

In the crazy matrix of fake news and alternative facts, Shazia is once again cutting through taboos to ask why immigrants voted ‘leave’, why it’s open season on journalists and why white men are an endangered species. With women now driving in Saudi Arabia, testifying to congress and camping on the London underground, can we ever have enough time for hashtagging and foie gras?

“All these people that voted ‘leave’ because they thought that when they woke up in the morning all the brown people would be gone! They’re going to have the shock of their lives when they wake up after Brexit and we’re all still here – Nadiya’s baking all over TV, there’s still a woman in a hijab reading the news on Channel 4 and my lot are still running every kebab shop, petrol station, doctor’s surgery and post office.”

Shazia’s TV appearances include; ‘Travel Man, 48 Hours In…’ (C4), ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’ (C4), ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ (ITV), Top Gear (BBC), ‘Loose Women’ (ITV), ‘The Late Late Show’ (RTE) and she is a regular panelist on ‘The Wright Stuff’ (Channel 5). Radio includes; ‘Graham Norton Show’ (BBC), ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’ (BBC), ‘The Craig Ferguson Show’ (SiriusXM), ‘The Now Show’, ‘Saturday Live’, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘The Robert Elms Show’ (BBC), ‘The Ian Dale Show’ (LBC) and ‘The Frank Skinner Show’ (Absolute Radio).

“Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again … brave and urgent.” ★★★★ The Telegraph

“As brave a piece of comedy as you’ll see.” ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

“She’s effective at getting under your skin… strikes a blow.” ★★★★ Metro

“At this moment in time – post-Brexit, post-Nice, post-Orlando – it’s on point, chilling and superb.” ★★★★ The Skinny

“The bravest thing you’ll see on a comedy stage this year… a remarkable finale.” ★★★★ Sunday Times

Support is from Sara Jade Davidson – a Bangor born comic who has been performing and writing comedy since 2011 and was a semi-finalist in So You Think You Are Funny. She has contributed to several radio projests with and was featured in Live at The Sunflower on BBC Radio Ulster. Most recently she wrote and performed for BBC tight shorts and could be seen mouthing off about Brexit on BBC Spotlight!

Running time 2.5 hours. Age 18+.

Imagine Festival:dare to imagine change
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm
Imagine Festival:dare to imagine change @ The Green Room

We invite you to a unique afternoon of fun, art, culture and conversation.

You will join with others from different cultures to imagine a Future Belfast that is peaceful, inclusive and thriving. All we ask is that you bring something that symbolises this kind of future Belfast, what that is, is up to you.

Together with the help of community artists, we will contribute to making a creative expression that DARE’s to imagine Belfast as a new more vibrant city. We guarantee this will be lively afternoon with entertainers that will inspire and enthuse us and of course this being Belfast there will be a bit of craic.

The DARE to Lead Change project (DARE) is led by Bryson Intercultural, in partnership with TIDES Training and Consultancy, funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp