Belfast Heritage Walking Tour Explores Belfast’s links to South Asia on 20th June

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Do you know how the history of the linen industry in Belfast links to South Asia, or where Mackies set up its first factory in India?  You can find out the answers to these questions and more during ArtsEkta’s Heritage Walking Tour of Belfast on Friday 20th June from 11am until 12 noon, with a quirky exploration of the historical linen industry links between India and Northern Ireland.

The one off walking tour will be restricted to twenty-five participants who will have the opportunity to explore the textile industry of Northern Ireland, looking at the historic trade links between Northern Ireland’s linen industry and South Asia.

The event is part of the Sanskriti project from leading arts organisation ArtsEkta, exploring the historical linen industry links between India and Northern Ireland.  It brings an unusual focus to the themes of migration and trade and shows how linen was the foundation of wider business growth and development as members of the South East Asian community settled in the city.

Principally funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Rayne Foundation, the project aims to increase awareness and promote celebration of the vibrant and historic cultural heritage of India and linkages locally in Northern Ireland.

Rachel Radcliffe, Project Manager at ArtsEkta explains; “The walk will take participants back to the days when the linen trade began in Belfast and will visit ten sites with industry links to the shared heritage between both communities.  The walk will be approximately one mile in length, starting and ending at Belfast’s Charlotte Street car park on Ormeau Avenue.

“The inclusive approach of the Sanskriti project is designed to promote appreciation and a sense of shared identity, while providing opportunity for cultural expression amongst the Indian community, and artistic progression and diversity.”

The free tour is restricted to 25 walkers, so please book in advance with Rachel at ArtsEkta via 028 9023 1381 or

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