Belfast Somme 100 announce autumn programme

The autumn edition of the Belfast Somme 100 programme has been launched and includes events across film, music, drama, talks and more. 

Launched by History Hub Ulster, the September - November 2016 programme of commemorative events marks the centenary of the battles of the Somme, and the place of the Somme campaign within the First World War.

The programme runs for 141 days across Belfast, the exact duration of the Somme campaign in 1916, and this Autumn it features a range of commemorative events including concerts, film, lectures, walks, exhibitions, poetry, debates, theatre, children and family activities.

'The impact of the Somme on Belfast is remembered in this, our final programme of events,' said Karen O'Rawe, Chair of History Hub Ulster and Belfast Somme 100. 

'The people of our small city heaved with tears of grief as their young men were killed and maimed, no matter what their background.  Belfast Catholic, Protestant, Jew or Quaker - all served and died together at the Somme.'

'A Somme Conference, Hedge School and Lecture Series as well as Commemorative events draw together all the perspectives of this centennial year and aim to enhance our understanding of the impact of the Slaughter At the Somme.'

Highlights include:

• ‘Medal in the Drawer’, a play by Brenda Winter Palmer which follows four volunteers from Belfast on their war-journey;

• The Year of the Somme: 1916 in Perspective conference in partnership with the Western Front Association which features a ranges of local and international speakers; 

• Artists at the Somme with the visual artists, poets and musicians at the Ulster Museum;

• a series of talks at the Linen Hall Library; 

• ‘No News is Good News’ a new play Philip Orr, will form a Kabosh promenade production at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and take you back 100 years  to meet the villagers who were desperate for news and awaiting telegrams from the front; 

Belfast Somme 100 is run by History Hub Ulster with an Advisory Panel made up of experts in the period and community leaders. It is funded by Belfast City Council.

Click here to access the website and find out more about all the events.