Monday 13th June 2022
From Bloody Sunday to Brexit
Museum of Free Derry, 6pm.
Ever since the mass murder in Derry on Bloody Sunday, artists and musicians from across the world have strived to reflect their sadness, anger and determination for justice. From John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Locky Morris, Christy Moore to Robert Ballagh, they have used art and music to make their point.
At the beginning of 2022 the Bloody Sunday Trust, in partnership with Arts Everywhere, put out a call for artists to submit proposals for artworks on the theme of ‘Human Rights: From Bloody Sunday to Brexit’. A number of local and international artists have responded, and on Monday 13 June at 6pm we will launch an exhibition of their work at the Museum of Free Derry.
Works will be on display in venues across the city, including The Playhouse and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Artillery Street, The Museum of Free Derry in Glenfada Park, outdoors on Rossville Street and in the Guildhall. The works include paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, design, installations and poetry, and the exhibition will finish with a specially commissioned dance piece which will take place from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday 18 June between Ebrington and Guildhall Square.
The exhibition includes works from Robert Ballagh, Greag Mac a’tSaoir, Rosaline Callaghan, Ryan Coyle, Anto Brannan, Sue Morris & Greg McLaughlin, Donal O’Doherty, Patrick McNicholl, Michael Phillips and Kathryn Phelan.
Tuesday 14th June 2022
Launch of Ballots, Bombs and Bullets
The Playhouse, 12.30pm.
Former Chief Electoral Officer Pat Bradley spent 26 years running elections in the north of Ireland during the conflict. He was recognised as an expert in this field, overseeing elections across the world on behalf of the UN and EU. He worked as an advisor in South Africa, Russia, Hong Kong and East Timor.
Launch of International Brigade Against Apartheid: Secrets Of The People’s War That Liberated South Africa
Museum of Free Derry, 8pm.
Ronnie Kasrils is a former South African politician, revolutionary, guerrilla and military commander. He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1987 to 2007 and Minister for Intelligence Services from 2004 to 2008.
In this book he tells of the internationalists who secretly worked for the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK), in the struggle to liberate South Africa from apartheid rule, acting as couriers, providing safe houses in neighbouring states, helping combatants across borders, and smuggling weapons.
Wednesday 15th June 2022
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian National Initiative
As part of the Bloody Sunday 50 commemoration, and to mark the anniversary of the Report of the Second Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the British government’s apology, the Bloody Sunday Trust and the Museum of Free Derry have invited Mustafa Barghouti of the Palestinian National Initiative to deliver a keynote address in the city’s Guildhall, the seat of the Inquiry and the site where the Bloody Sunday families were given the outcome and apology on 15 June 2010.
7.00pm, Main Hall, Guildhall
Friday 17th June 2022
The Millennium Forum
Friday 17 June 2022
7:30pm – £17:50
Derry’s finest guitar-pop band The Undertones supported by local up-and-comers TOUTS and Tramp. Tickets available from The Millennium Forum.
Thursday 20th January 2022
Launch of Julieann Campbell’s ‘On Bloody Sunday: A New History of the Day and its Aftermath – By Those Who Were There’
Launch of Julieann Campbell’s ‘On Bloody Sunday: A New History of the Day and its Aftermath – By Those Who Were There’, by Monoray/Octopus Books, London. A chronological oral history of the day itself by Campbell, an award-winning author on Bloody Sunday and a niece of the day’s first fatality, Jackie Duddy.
Monday 24th January 2022
The Remembering Quilt
Rath Mór Centre
Monday 24 – Monday 31 January 2022
The Remembering Quilt is a project run by Relatives for Justice (RFJ) in which families bereaved as a result of the conflict in Ireland make a nine inch square in memory of their loved one which is then completed into an 8ftx8ft quilted panel consisting of 49 squares. The project is ongoing and currently there are nine completed quilts.
Tuesday 25th January 2022
In Their Footsteps
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
25 – Saturday 29 January 2022
In Their Footsteps exhibition in Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin, Gt James St. This deeply moving exhibition of shoes donated by bereaved families across the island of Ireland is a poignant reminder of the pain and loss suffered by so many. Curated by the Pat Finucane Centre and including shoes from various campaigns including the Ballymurphy Massacre, McGurk’s bar and victims of the Glenanne Gang. Open daily from 1pm to 5pm.
Palestinian Human Rights
Following the recent criminalisation of six Palestinian Human Rights NGOs Catherine Hutton of the local Derry Palestinian Solidarity Committee will be in conversation with representatives of two of the banned organisations.
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Pinochet + Amnesty
Wednesday 26 January – 7:30pm
Part 2: Friday 28 January – 1:00pm
In light of British Government proposals to deny all families access to justice and introduce an amnesty, the Bloody Sunday Trust and Pat Finucane Centre are providing a platform for families to make their voices heard. Victims of the Omagh bombing, the Glenanne Gang, the Springhill Massacre, the Shankill bombing and Bloody Sunday will take part in this online event.
Susan Mc Kay in conversation with former Lt Colonel, now Reverend, Nicolas Mercer, the lead British Army legal officer on the ground in Iraq who blew the whistle on torture and illegal killings by British soldiers in Iraq.
Thursday 27th January 2022
Border 1921-2021:A Centennial Calibration
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
The launch of Darach MacDonald’s new poetic examination of Partition and the effect of the border.
Friday 28th January 2022
Fourteen Silenced Bells For Derry
Museum of Free Derry
Greag Mac a’ tSaoir (born Newry, 1963) is visual artist whose work deals, for the most part, with themes of loss, injustice and empathy. His work has increasingly focussed on the legacy of communal pain left behind by the last half century in the North.
“The main function of a bell is to make a noise. For as long as people have been able to work metal we’ve made bells to warn of danger, to express our joy, to give voice to our anguish. Silencing a bell has long been regarded as a serious transgression. In the early Irish text Buile Suibhne, Sweeney is cursed for throwing Saint Ronan’s bell into the lake. The dead of Bloody Sunday deserve some public monument but I tend to work on a more intimate scale and wanted to make something that would keep the individual identities of the fourteen people who died in view.”
Bloody Sunday Anniversary Mass and Exhibition
St Mary’s Church, Creggan
All welcome depending on restrictions in place at the time.
Racism and the Far Right in Ireland Today
A discussion with Shane O’Curry, the Director of the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) and other activists from INAR on the dangers posed by far right groups in Ireland, some of whom have latched on to anti-vax protests. Shane began compiling monthly statistics on sectarian attacks while volunteering at the Pat Finucane Centre, before moving on to anti racist activism. With MariaElena Costa Sa, Nedson Ng’oma and Patricia Munatsi.
Saturday 29th January 2022
From Civil Rights To Language Rights (Ó CHEARTA SIBHIALTA GO CEARTA TEANGA)
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
Personal accounts of Bloody Sunday – from recollections of the day itself and how it impacted on the city, to later Irish language developments in Derry and elsewhere in the north.
An online discussion in Irish with Gearóid Ó hÉara, Mary Delargy and Donncha MacNiallais, with simultaneous translation into English.
Comments and opinions from the viewers will be welcome throughout.
Cruinniú zúm le Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin / a zoom meeting with Cultúrlann Uí ChanáinTopic: Imeacht Domhnach na Fola / Bloody Sunday event Time: Jan 29, 2022 1:00 PM Doire / Derry
Film Screening: Love Yourself Today
The Nerve Centre
Love Yourself Today is an emotive celebration of modern spirituality and the power of music to heal. The film centres around the music of singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey, produced by Ross Killeen and Louise Byrne.
Film Screening: Beyond the Barricades
The Nerve Centre
It’s 1969 and the world is in turmoil. In Derry, best friends Cal and Machus try to make sense of the surreal world of The Battle of the Bogside. As civil unrest escalates, will they partake or will fate intervene and change everything forever.
Q & A with writer Micheal Kerrigan afterwards.
Damien Dempsey and Special Guests
The Millennium Forum
7:30pm – £17:50
reland’s premier singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey hosts a gala evening of talent. Featuring Jeannette Hutton, Joe Driscoll.
Sunday 30th January 2022
Families’ Walk of Remembrance
Bloody Sunday family members gather to walk the route in an act of remembrance for the 50th anniversary.
Bloody Sunday Monument
Annual wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service.
50th Anniversary Fian Gerald Donaghey
Lecky Road Monument
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee will be holding a commemoration for Fian Gerald Donaghey at the monument, opposite Gasyard.
Beyond the Silence
Special public event to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This event will feature words, music and light paying tribute to the victims of Bloody Sunday.
A forecast of strong wind and prolonged rainfall has forced the Bloody Sunday Trust to switch Sunday afternoon’s Beyond the Silence event from Guildhall Square to the nearby Millennium Forum Theatre and Conference Centre. The event is one of the highlights of the Trust’s commemorative programme to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
The Director of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Maeve McLaughlin, said the conditions forecast for Sunday posed a potential risk to those taking part in the event, as well as to the public.
‘We felt we had no alternative but to seek an alternative indoor venue.
It’s expected that the majority of ticketholders will be accommodated at the Millennium Forum but the Trust is exploring other venues as well,” she said.
“Ticketholders will be notified which venue they’ve been assigned to through the ticketing platform, Eventbrite, and I would encourage people to check their booking online. We apologise for the inconvenience and for the understandable disappointment.
“The good news is that Beyond the Silence is still going ahead, albeit indoors, and we are confident that we will provide a dignified, high quality event befitting such a significant occasion for the city. It will begin as scheduled at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, and will be streamed live at
“Safety is paramount from the Trust’s point of view. Throughout the planning stage, we ensured that risk assessments were carried out for all events and all venues. Until now, our main focus has been on protecting people from Covid-19, but it would be irresponsible to ignore the weather warnings and the potential implications for people’s safety.”
The Trust has asked people going to the event to be at the venue by 3.15pm.
Gary Óg, Kelly‘s Men, Luke McLaughlin
Sunday 30 January 2022
8:00pm – £10
The Bloody Sunday Trust in association with Derry Republican Graves presents Gary Óg, Kelly’s Men and Luke McLaughlin.
Saturday 23rd April 2022
From Widgery to Impunity
April 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the discredited Widgery Tribunal report into Bloody Sunday. To mark the anniversary of the most important cover-up in British legal history, the Bloody Sunday Trust and Pat Finucane Centre have organised a panel discussion titled ‘From Widgery to Impunity’. This panel features 3 senior legal experts – human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, solicitor Patricia Coyle, and Prof. Christine Bell, and is chaired by journalist Freya McClements.