Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival

The Belonging Project is thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival.  The festival is an annual event bringing together humanitarian, community, and charitable organisations around Northern Ireland to celebrate and bring attention to human rights matters.

As the NIHRF website explains:

Each year the 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day across the world. The date marks the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Civil society groups across the world use this date as an opportunity to celebrate and mark the importance of human rights globally.

Every year a diverse range of organisations across Northern Ireland have traditionally held events in the week surrounding this date to mark the occasion and highlight different aspects of human rights as they apply locally and internationally. In 2012 a number of these organisations came together to pool those individual events into a programme of activities promoted together for the first time as the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival.

The festival is currently administered by the Human Rights Consortium in collaboration with organisations from civic society. The distinct events that make up the festival however, are developed and run by organisations and individuals with an interest in the protection and promotion of human rights. The diversity of events and the range of issues covered as part of the festival are reflective of the universal nature of human rights.

From December 6 to December 12 there will be dozens of events around Northern Ireland open to the public, and most events are free!  The Belonging Project will be featured at Black Box on December 12 as a part of the Refugees Welcome Party.

Workshop Toolkit Launched

Today marks the launch of Workshop Toolkit!  The toolkit uses different forms of media interactive activities enhanced with photographs from the Belonging Project to foster discussion about diversity and identity in Northern Ireland. The workshops will, by an active engagement, give participants an opportunity to explore how they can interact with people from a diverse background in order to achieve an environment with understanding and acceptance in their schools, workplace or local communities.

For information on how to bring these resources into your community or to attend a future training, please contact our offices at or visit

The Workshop Toolkit exists due to contributions from the Arts Council NI and the RADAR Centre NI.