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Bloody Sunday Programme of Events 2004

Wednesday 21 January

o Free Derry Corner, 11am. Launch of black ribbon and programme of events.

Tuesday 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day

o Gasyard Centre, Lecky Road, 1pm. Launch of "Making an Exhibition of Ourselves - Derry and the Arms Trade". Exhibition by the Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign (FEIC).

o Sandino's Bar, Water Street, 8pm. Launch of The Battle of Venezuela by Michael McCaughan. Introduced by Eamonn McCann. Hot on the heels of the award-winning Irish documentary The Revolution will not be televised, comes The Battle of Venezuela, a new book in which Irish journalist Michael McCaughan brings audiences up to date on the remarkable events taking place in this oil-rich Latin American nation.

Wednesday 28 January

o Seán Dolan's GAC, Creggan, 10pm. Bloody Sunday Commemorative Table Quiz. Entry fee is £10 per team, with all proceeds going to the Bloody Sunday Trust.

Thursday 29 January

o Bookworm, Bishop Street, 1pm. Launch of Crimes Without Punishment, the 30th Anniversary Bloody Sunday Lecture by Robert Fisk.

Fisk looks back on Bloody Sunday and its aftermath as a journalist who directly witnessed what he describes as the 'Bloody Sunday of Lebanon', the massacre of 1,700 Palestinian refugees in the camps of Sabra and Shatila, ten years after Bloody Sunday. 'Crimes without Punishment' compares and contrasts the peace processes in the North and the Middle East and examines the bias and wordplay with which mainstream journalism reports such war crimes. In particular, it explores the circumstances and forces at play that have dictated that while a second inquiry into Bloody Sunday was won, many of the victims of the crimes of Sabra and Shatila continue to lie in unmarked graves. A Gaslight Production in association with the Bloody Sunday Trust.

o Calgach Centre, Butcher Street, 8pm. From Opposition to Mainstream - the challenges facing Sinn Féin and the DUP.

Sinn Féin and the DUP are now the two largest political parties in the North, and both are traditionally seen as representing the working class in their respective constituencies. But it is a perceived political reality that the focus of any political party changes once it gains power. The responsibility of government is often seen as blunting the radicalism of opposition. Both Sinn Féin and the DUP have championed radical policies on social and constitutional issues in the past and the question now is how these policies will be affected by their ascent to political primacy in the north. Speakers Conor Murphy and Gregory Campbell will outline how their parties plan to deal with this challenge, and will face questions from an invited panel of interested parties and the audience.

o Playhouse, Artillery Street, 7pm. Premier of Laurence McClenaghan's play The Long Auld Road, which focuses on the impact of Bloody Sunday on one family as they wait for family members to come home from the march. The play will also be performed on Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday 30 January

o Bloody Sunday Monument, Rossville Street, 4.15pm. A minute's silence to mark the time 32 years ago when British paratroopers opened fire on the crowd in Rossville Street. Please join the families of the deceased for a moment of silent reflection. Please note that part of Rossville Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of this event.

o St Mary's Church, Creggan, 7.30pm. The annual memorial Mass for those killed on Bloody Sunday.

o Calgach Centre, Butcher Street, 8.15pm. Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture, to be given this year by former 'Old' Labour MP and veteran socialist Tony Benn. Admission by donation.

o Bogside Inn, 10pm. Fundraising event for the Pat Finucane Centre. Alternative disco - Ska, Punk, Funk and Reggae.

Saturday 31 January

o Pilots Row, 12pm-4pm. Film Screening: A series of short programmes, including the 1969 broadcast of Panorama focusing on the Battle of the Bogside.

o Pilots Row, 2pm - 4pm. Update on the progress of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

o Gasyard Centre, 11am - 4pm. The Impact of the Article 2 Judgement in the North. Organised by The Pat Finucane Centre. This seminar will focus on the implications of the European Court of Human Rights Article 2 judgement of May 2001 in the case of Jordan, McKerr, Shanaghan, Kelly & others. The aim of the seminar is to provide a comprehensive update on the ongoing implications of the Article 2 judgement and will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, NGOs and relatives to share information ideas and strategies. Advance registration only - limited spaces available.

o Calgach Centre, 7.30pm-9.30pm. The Truth about Truth Commissions. Would a truth commission be a help or a hindrance to those bereaved or hurt by the conflict? Panel discussion organised by the Pat Finucane Centre.

o Solas Arts Centre, Gt James St, 8.30pm. Oíche cheoil agus siamsaíochta Tír Chonaill/Doire. Beidh scaifte as Gaeltacht Thír Chonaill ag teacht go Doire do mhórshiúl chuimhneacháin Dhomhnach na Fola, idir Baill de Bhuíonta Cheoil Rann na Feirste agus Gaoth Dobhair agus ceoltóirí agus amhránaithe den scoith. Beidh Cór Cholmcille ag coinneáil cuideachta leo ar an ardán. Beidh táille de £5 ar an doras agus thig libh bhur gcuid dí féin a thabhairt isteach libh. Bígí linn!

o Gasyard Centre, 9pm -'til late. Bloody Sunday Weekend fundraiser, with Cruncher O'Neill, Decky McLaughlin, The Shambelles and others. Admission £5, bring your own. Organised by the Gasyard Wall Féile.

Sunday 1 February

o Bloody Sunday Monument, Rossville Street, 11am. Wreath-laying service. Please join the families as they lay wreaths and offer prayers for those killed and injured.

o Creggan Shops, 2.30pm. 32nd Commemorative March and Rally . Speakers from Sinn Féin and the SDLP and a representative of the deceased and wounded. Soup and sandwiches will be available free in Seán Dolan's GAC, Creggan, before and after the march.

o Sandinos after the march. Soup, sandwiches, music and craic. Revolutionary tax £2. All proceeds to the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee.


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