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President delivers annual lecture at Queen’s

President delivers annual lecture at Queen’s

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, pictured with Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair British Council, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson and Lady Gregson

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, was at Queen’s recently to deliver the British Council Annual Lecture 2012.

The lecture was held as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and was the first time it has moved outside London.

The theme of the President's address was around re-imagining the past and creating the future. It concentrated on how Ireland will emerge from a difficult past with culture as one of the engines for growth.

David Alderdice, Director of the British Council in Northern Ireland, said: “This is the first time our Annual Lecture has moved outside London and I think that says a lot about the growing stature of Northern Ireland culturally.

“We are very proud to be working with Belfast Festival and hope to deepen that relationship in the years ahead - we already plan to incorporate work from this year’s Festival into festivals we will run in Brazil and South Africa over the next two years.”

To view the transcript of the President’s lecture, visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org/british-council-lecture-michael-d-higgins-web.pdf

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