Introducing OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Hub Partner: Belfast

To better acquaint the public with the organisations participating in OUTing the Past 2018, Festival Hub partners have been generously offering insight to their backgrounds and histories. In light of their upcoming OUTing the Past 2018 celebration, Cara-Friend had this to share:

Cara-Friend are delighted to announce that they are bringing the first ever LGBT History festival in Ireland to Belfast, as part of LGBT History Month in February 2018. ‘OUTing the Past’ will take place from Friday, February 16th – Sunday, February 18th across the city. Belfast will be one of several hubs across Ireland and Britain taking part in the festival organised by Schools Out UK.

OUTing the Past, Belfast will be launched officially in Belfast City Hall by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Nuala McAllister at an event at 6pm on Friday, February 16th 2018. All are welcome to attend this launch. Speakers will also include Cllr. Jeff Dudgeon and Senator David Norris, two men who both successfully challenged their governments, bringing about decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in their respective jurisdictions. The launch is kindly supported by Belfast City Council and will commence with a welcome drinks reception at 6pm in the rotunda of City Hall.


The Venue

The Ulster Museum is located in the Botanic Gardens, Belfast. The Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland and is a component of the National Museums of Northern Ireland. It has around 8,000 square meters of public display space, featuring materials from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology.


…& how to get there

The Ulster Museum is a 25-30 minute walk from the city centre, just follow sign posts for Queen’s University or Botanic Gardens. You can also reach the Museum by bus line Metro 8A and 8D Malone Road. You can catch this bus fevery 10 minutes rom Donegall Square East in the City Centre, and it stops outside the Museum entrance on Stranmillis Road.

For more information about the Ulster Museum please visit:


For more information on the Belfast Hub, check out Cara-Friend’s blog as well:

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