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Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics to return with a virtual programme

Comedian Tim McGarry and Dr David Hume, who are hosting a special event as part of Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics

Intellectual Noam Chomsky is to feature in a Covid hit Belfast festival.

Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics is returning with a virtual programme of more than 100 events featuring figures from around the world including American academic and political activist Noam Chomsky and renowned playwright and commentator Bonnie Greer.

It will feature online talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, music, film and poetry, which will also explore the themes of climate change and Black Lives Matter.

The festival, which runs from March 22 to 28, launched its virtual programme with comedian Tim McGarry yesterday.

Peter O’Neill, founder and festival director, said: "The virtual element means we have been able to bring some of the world’s most important experts and commentators to our festival.

"This year’s festival will allow us to look outside of Northern Ireland, to discuss and debate new perspectives and to enable us all to broaden our horizons and viewpoints."

He added: "We are encouraging people to submit ideas for our 'Building Belfast Back Better' campaign, which is a nod to the future.

"We want people to submit ideas on what should be different and better in Belfast post-pandemic via our website, which will also showcase a number of other exciting projects during the festival."

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