Celebrating the bicentenary

Two hundred years ago, the Báb appeared, inaugurating a new Dispensation and preparing humanity for the light of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Baha’i communities across Northern Ireland are organising many public events to mark the bicentenary.

Wednesday 16th October, 10:30am – 2pm – Community House, 2 Drumragh Ave, Omagh BT78 1DP – Coffee morning with guest speaker, Mrs Hazel Holmlund

Saturday 19th October, 7:30pm, – Flowerfield Arts Centre 185 Coleraine Rd. Portstewart BT55 7HU– Screening of the film ‘Dawn of the Light‘, followed by poetry of Tahireh, classical poetess of Persia and an early follower of the Bab. The evening will conclude with questions and answers, and light refreshments.               

Wednesday 23rd October, 7pm – Jethro Centre, Flush Place, Lurgan BT66 7DT – Screening of the film Dawn of the Light with commentary from people who were involved in the recordings in Northern Ireland. Free event but please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/75150895351 or with a member of the Craigavon community.

Saturday 26th October, 7pm – Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, 10 Estate Road, Bangor, BT19 1UR

Monday 28th October, 8pm – Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT – The HomePlace celebrations will be opened by the Chair of the Mid Ulster Council Martin Kearney.  After an address by Martin, the main event will begin which will include extracts from the film Dawn of the Light with commentary from people who were filmed. The ‘Rathlin Poet’ Mary Cecil will attend and we will hear some of her iconic poems. The Rev Adrian Stringer will say a few words about the interaction between the Christian Community and the Baha’i Community and Dr. Les Gornall will provide a slide presentation putting the evening into context.

Tuesday 29th October, 7:30pm – Claudy Pastoral Centre, 9 Church Street, Claudy BT47 4AA – Park Baha’i Group is again delighted to be using the Pastoral Centre in Claudy.This renovated church, built between 1817-1819 is an excellent venue. Derry Community is joining with Park to invite as many from the surrounding areas as possible. The film Dawn of the Light will be shown during the Celebration

Saturday 2nd November, 7pm – Stranmillis University College Theatre, Belfast BT9 5FL – tickets £10 from aradevine@gmail.com – an evening of music by local musicians and the award winning play ‘A Strange Bit of History’ by Omid Djalili and Annabel Knight.  Set against the backdrop of expectation for a Promised One of All Ages, ‘ A Strange Bit of History’  tells the stories and inhabits the worlds of different characters across time and space

Sunday 10th November, 7:30pm – South Belfast Friends’ Meeting House, 22 Marlborough Park North, Belfast BT9 6HJ – screening of “Dawn of the Light”

Dawn of the Light

Two hundred years ago, the Báb appeared, inaugurating a new Dispensation and preparing humanity for the light of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.

Dawn of the Light portrays several individuals from different continents as they relate their own personal search after truth and meaning. They share their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh—Whose teachings are revolutionizing human thought and behaviour, changing darkness into light. The film shows glimpses of how this same discovery is inspiring the efforts of many across the globe to serve humanity and to contribute to building a new pattern of life.

The film was recorded in Austria, Chile, Israel, Nepal, New Zealand, Tajikistan, the United States of America, Zambia as well as several locations in Northern Ireland.


A regional conference is being arranged for the community at this auspicious
time preceding the Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb. This gathering will be an
opportunity to become imbued with the spirit of this year’s Rídvan message and to
galvanise our efforts in the run-up to this momentous occasion. We are pleased to
share further details of the conference as follows:

The conference will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019 at Merville
House, Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey, BT37 9TH. The programme will
start at 10am sharp- you are invited to arrive early if you wish to have tea and coffee
beforehand. Lunch will be provided and the day will finish at 5.30pm.
In order to plan for this we would be grateful if you could let the Council know if you
plan to attend and any special dietary requirements you may have by the 30th August

Additionally, there will be a dedicated children’s programme running
alongside the main programme and numbers will be required in advance to ensure
enough facilitators are available. Please contact the event coordinator Edwin
Graham on 07779600254 or email edwin.graham21@gmail.com