On 12-13 June 2013 Belfast will set out its stall in the Big Apple at the Belfast Media Group/Irish Echo’s fourth annual New York-New Belfast conference, held at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus.

The Irish American Writers & Artists will again be a sponsor of the event.

The conference will spotlight the bridges of progress and prosperity being built between the citizens of the two great cities of New York and Belfast, looking optimistically to the future while celebrating our shared past.  The conference will culminate with the sixth annual Irish Echo Index luncheon, honoring 30 top companies with operations in the US and Ireland.

Opening night will have an arts and culture focus, with a session called ‘Across the Broad Atlantic’ with Geraldine Hughes and students of Fordham University Theater Department with a specially prepared production ‘My Lagan Love.’ Then IAW&A board member John Lee moderates “More than an Add-On: Arts and our Cities” with panelists sculptor John Ahearn,  filmmaker MacDara Vallely, Pauline Turley of the Irish Arts Center and dancer Darrah Carr.  There will also be screenings of several film clips and an interview with children’s book author Oliver Jeffers.

After a varied program the next day, delegates will break for lunch, and a performance by IAW&A member Tara O’Grady.

IAW&A members will get a deep discount when they order tickets HERE, $60 for the full conference,  $20 for the just the opening night.