(L-R) Andrew Elliott, Danielle Neyts, David Twomey
On Thursday 8 February the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive Brussels was delighted to receive a print of the Game of Thrones tapestry from Tourism Ireland. Danielle Neyts and David Twomey, from Tourism Ireland, presented the print in recognition of the positive collaboration between Tourism Ireland and the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels to promote Northern Ireland as a premier tourist destination.
The tapestry is inspired by the Bayeaux Tapestry and made with linen from one of the last historic linen mills in Northern Ireland. It depicts scenes from the world-famous TV series Game of Thrones – much of which is filmed in Northern Ireland. Local volunteers, enlisted by National Museums Northern Ireland, spent more than 1,000 hours hand-finishing the tapestry. Their pain-staking work is evident in the astonishing detail depicted in vibrant colour. The full 77 metre long tapestry is on display to the public in the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and covers the events of the show from seasons 1 to 7, so beware of spoilers!
The print in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels depicts a classic scene between two main characters – Jon Snow and Ygritte. A fantastic addition to the office, the print has found a new home in our aptly-named room ‘Winterfell’.
The full tapestry, and more information about it, is also available online on the Tourism Ireland website. Spot our print at S03E10!
On Wednesday 6 December the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels joined countries, regions and tourist offices of Europe to take part in the annual Schuman Lights Up: Specialties from Europe event in the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels.
We were delighted to be joined by popular BBC Radio Ulster resident chef Paula McIntyre, making her return to Brussels, who served up a delicious traditional Northern Irish menu Lough Neagh Eels served on a bed of creamy celery dressing with homemade savoury soda bread, as well as handmade sweet soda bread topped with smooth apple butter. There was also a range of Northern Irish produce on offer from Pop Notch, Eleanor Craig’s Fudge, Armagh Cider Company, Long Meadow Cider, and Irwin’s Howell’s Handmade biscuits.
There was a great reception to the delicious fare from the many attendees passing through the tent at Schuman Square with Northern Ireland receiving particular praise on social media.
In conjunction with the offical European Week of Regions and Cities – EU Open Days programme, ONIEB partnered with six other EU regions to host a workshop on moving ‘Towards a More Effective EU Regional Policy’ on Wednesday 11th October.
The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels joined thousands of people across Northern Ireland in celebrating Culture Night, a night of arts and entertainment which took place on 22nd of September.
The Brussels office is now looking for two recent graduates for a full time paid internship.
On the 14th of June the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels (ONIEB) co-hosted a successful concert as part of TradFest Belgium 2017 in collaboration with the Irish Embassy to Belgium, with the support of the Arts Council NI.
The Centenary of the World War 1 Battle of Messines Ridge fought on 7 June 1917 was commemorated at a shared event at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders on 7 June 2017. In attendance were the Duke of Cambridge, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Princess Astrid of Belgium. The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, laid a wreath during the ceremony, as did leaders of the four main churches in Ireland.
On 17th March, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels hosted the fourth annual Ulster Fry Breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day. This annual event provides an opportunity to promote Northern Ireland in Europe and showcase the region’s top produce.
On 28th February and 1st March a group of eleven delegates from eight Departments visited Brussels as part of the CAL course ‘Introduction to the European Union’.