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Beyond The Bechdel Test

3rd – 30th July. Various venues

The Irish Film Institute is putting on a season of films focusing on the work of directors who have positioned women as an integral aspect of their narratives and made films that would pass the Bechdel test with flying colours. This test, named after its creator cartoonist Alison Bechdel, requires that a movie include at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

Films shown will include Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames, Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve, among many others. There will also be opportunities to discuss women’s representation in movies. The full programme is available online.
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Parliament buildings tours

7th July to 29th August (excluding 25th August), 10am-3pm. Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Designed by Sir Arnold Thornley, Parliament Buildings is one of the best known and most striking pieces of architecture in Northern Ireland. Throughout the summer, hourly tours will be available to people who want to learn more about the building, which features many symbolic touches such as the six pillars at the front entrance, representing the six counties of NI.

Prior booking not necessary unless you require assistance due to hearing or sight impairments, in which case contact the Events Office on 028 905 21802 or events.office@niassembly.gov.uk.
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Hearing aid clinics

10th July, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 10am-12pm. Action on Hearing Loss, Belfast.

These walk-in clinics are designed to help people learn how to make the best use of their NHS hearing aid and will provide advice on maintaining the aids, as well as information about hearing loss and support services. For more information, contact Angela Stanbridge on 028 9023 9619, 028 9024 9462 (textphone) or angela.stanbridge@hearingloss.org.uk.
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Expressions of Gender by Essence Arts

16th July to 1st August. East Wing Gallery, City Hall Belfast.

This multi-media exhibition features work from Trans and Gender Variant artists and their loved ones, exploring their experiences. There are almost 100 pieces of art and personal writings on display. Both up and coming artists and seasoned professionals have contributed.

Enquiries and further information available from Helen Clarke, Festival Curator, on helen@genderessence.co.uk or 075 5199 2490.
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My Transgender Journey, film and discussion

Friday 18th July 2014, 6pm. Unison House, Yorkgate, Belfast.

My Transgender Journey, part one of a three part TV3S series, follows three people, as they search for a sense of their own identity in Ireland, a country that is the only EU member state not providing a legal mechanism for recognition of transgender persons.

This special showing of the documentary, staged by Essence Arts, will be attended by Producer/Director Cat Steel and cast member Sam Blanckensee.
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Stop the slaughter in Gaza demonstration

Saturday 19th July 2014, 3pm. Belfast City Hall.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is adding its voice to the chorus of demands for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and staging a rally against the ongoing violence. Everybody is welcome to come and show their support for the people of Gaza.
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Belfast Pride Festival

19th July to 6th August. Various venues.

Belfast Pride is Ireland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival and is once again celebrating diversity with a whole host of exciting events, including the annual pride parade in Belfast on 2nd August.

There are many other highlights such as the comedy night in the Black Box, the launch of a new animation by HERe NI and the Out ‘N’ About Lagan Valley walk. The full programme can be accessed here.
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Women Only Practical Play Workshop

Saturday 19th July. Maitri Studio in Belfast.

This workshop is being run by Jessica Penrose and Mel Taylor, experienced creative facilitators, writers and improvisers, who believe that women are never too old to play! It will offer participants a chance to bring some more laughter and spontaneity into their lives.

All women all welcome, with no prior experience needed. To book a place go to the Maitri Studio website: http://www.maitristudio.net/events.
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Digital Publishing Workshop

Monday 28th July, 9.30am-4.30pm. CRI, Ormeau Road, Belfast

View Digital are offering this training course to help individuals get to grips with using Microsoft Publisher as well as online publishing tools such as MailChimp. The course costs £99, but discounts are available. Call Una Murphy on 077 6148 6585 or email marketing@viewdigital.org to book or learn more.
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Kainos CodeCamp Belfast 2014

Monday 28th July to Friday 8th August 2014. e3 Campus, Belfast Met.

This completely free two-week summer camp is aimed at year 11-14 students with qualifications in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There are 100 places in total up for grabs. Participants will learn in Android app development using MIT AppInventor. Please click here to learn more.
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Parenting NI Summer Workshops

Various dates throughout July/August. Various venues (see below)

Parenting NI are offering a wide variety of workshops over the summer for practitioners working  with parents.

Engaging Young Mums:
Wednesday 20th August, 1-4pm. Parenting NI Head Office, Belfast.
Tuesday 26th August, 10am-1pm, Parenting NI Head Office, Belfast.

Engaging Separated Dads:
Tuesday 29th July, 10am-1pm. Parenting NI Head Office, Belfast.
Tuesday 12th August, 10am-1pm. City Hotel, L’Derry.

Engaging Dads:
Thursday 10th July, 10am-1pm. City Hotel, L’Derry.
Thursday 7th August, 10am-1pm. Parenting NI Head Office, Belfast.

Each session costs £30, but three spaces are available for the price of two. Learn more via this link.


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The Ulster Suffragettes: 100 Years On

Tuesday 29th July 2014. Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

The stories of women who fought for the vote a century ago will be told later this month at the John Hewitt International Summer School, in two major events commemorating The Ulster Suffragette movement.

Playwrights Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore will perform their acclaimed historical drama on the national struggle for emancipation, ‘Shrieking Sisters’. Feminist historian Dr Margaret Ward will also give a lecture detailing the wider political context against which the protests for equal rights took place.

Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office on 028 3752 1821 and available to book online from www.marketplacearmagh.com. The full Summer School programme is also available online at www.johnhewittsociety.org.
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Féile an Phobail

1st-14th August 2014. Venues across West Belfast.

The 2014 programme for popular West Belfast festival, Féile an Phobail, features something to suit almost anyone’s taste with music, comedy, debate, drama and visual arts all on offer. Highlights include a performance of Shrieking Sisters, a play about suffragettes who tried to blow up Lisburn Cathedral, and the launch of new book Unsung Warriors, which details how women made it through the Troubles.

Get your hands on the programme here. There is also plenty of information available on the festival website.
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Community Walk Leader Training

Saturday 2nd August 2014. Learmount Forest, L’Derry

Grab those walking shoes and hit the great outdoors with this fantastic community walking programme, which will provide you with skills you need to lead short, safe and accessible walks for people of all ages and abilities. Leaders and volunteers from community groups and organisations are welcome to take part.

If you have an interest in starting up a walking group or if you simply would like to join an existing group in your area, this scheme is perfect for you. With a limited number of spaces, make sure to book your place soon. For more information please visit www.WalkingInYourCommunity.com, call 028 9030 3930 or email info@walkinginyourcommunity.com.
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First World War Centenary Commemorative Service

Monday 4th August, 2014, 7-8.15pm. St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

This will be the opening event in NI’s programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Up to 800 people from across Ireland, including government and civil society representatives, are expected to attend.

After, there will be a candlelight vigil in the grounds of Belfast City Hall from 10.15-11.15pm. Please contact lyn@belfastcathedral.org to learn more.
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The Wise Woman Weekend

8th-10th August. Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick.

Taking place on an annual basis, the Wise Woman Weekend is two days of workshops, ceremony, fun, networking, creativity and healing. This year the central theme will be Emerging Anew.

The all-inclusive price (including meals and shared accommodation) is €210. A non-residential ticket is also available for those living locally, or who wish to make their own arrangements. Check out this website to learn more.
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Windsor course registration day

Wednesday 20th August, 10am-2pm. Windsor Women’s Centre

Windsor Women’s Centre still have a wide range of courses with spaces available for women. Check out what’s currently on offer here and then come down on the registration day if you’re interested in signing up for something.
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Building a Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Saturday 6th September, 10am-4.30pm. Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

The aim of this conference is to discuss how to build a broad-based coalition to campaign for repeal of the eighth amendment to make abortion available in the Republic of Ireland to protect and safeguard women’s lives, health and choice.

All interested groups, organisations, activists, campaigners and individuals in Ireland, North and South, are invited to come to the conference and get involved in building the coalition. Contact Ailbhe Smyth on 00353 087 2055 433 or smyth.ailbhe@gmail.com for more information.
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Turning the Tide: A sea change in action on fuel poverty?

15th-17th September. Scarborough Spa, North Yorkshire.

Held by National Energy Action, this is the main UK conference focused solely on tackling the serious issue of fuel poverty. The event provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts, challenge their views, share best practice and help inform future strategy.

All sectors involved in developing policies and programmes to deliver on fuel poverty targets are encouraged to attend. Register here.
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The Dementia Challenge

18th September 2014. School of Music, Leed’s University.

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. A line up of expert speakers and contributors will highlight the most recent developments since the UK took the lead on dementia at the G8 summit. Call 0161 713 3880 or email alicia.greally@gtevent.co.uk to learn more.
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Culture Night Belfast

Friday 19th September. Belfast.

Culture Night Belfast (CNB), has become one of the highlights of Belfast’s cultural calendar. It began in 2009, following in the footsteps of Culture Night Dublin, with the aim of bringing a new and exciting cultural showcase to Belfast, where all artists, performers, organisations and venues could platform their creations to a wide audience.

On Culture Night, venues, galleries, artists’ studios, historic buildings, cultural organisations, churches and many more will open their doors to invite the public to explore what they do and enjoy free performances, events, talks and tours. There will be also be a host of on-street activities and events. We will post the full programme here once it becomes available.
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Sexual Health Education: Facilitators training course

24th September - 26th November (ten training days throughout the period). Konckbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast.

This course is designed for people who would like to develop their knowledge and skills to become providers of Sexual Health Education, as part of their current role. It is accredited by the Open College network (OCN) as a Certificate in Sexual Health Education with 12 credits at Level 3. All ten training sessions must be attended to receive the qualification.

Applications are welcome from individuals within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust who are working in either the statuary or voluntary sector. Please click here for full details.
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Reuniting Planning and Health Conference

Friday 14th November. Venue TBC.

Planning and public health have shared origins, both disciplines arising from the need to tackle poor living conditions in 19th century cities. Exploring planning and health collaboratively today can still create positive health outcomes for all of society.

This conference will feature experience and expertise from leaders in the field of reuniting planning and health, and share fresh thinking to help inform new ways of working in the context of local government reform and community planning. It will also showcase how local initiatives can help create healthy cities. More information to follow.

 

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