Centenary Forum & Historical Advisory Panel
The Centenary Forum was comprised of statutory, political, business, community and civic voices, from a wide range of perspectives and interests. The Forum met on a regular basis to progress plans to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and reconciliation. The inclusion of these diverse perspectives was vital to facilitate respectful discussion around this key moment in our shared history. Whether through the Forum, or through wider engagement, every effort was made by the UK Government to ensure these perspectives were included and respected.
The advisory group discussed a range of proposals to facilitate national recognition and international awareness of the anniversary, that reflected on the past and importantly, built for Northern Ireland’s future. The Centenary was an opportunity to showcase what is best about Northern Ireland around the world; this programme of Centenary events reinforced the UK Government’s commitment to a prosperous Northern Ireland and levelling up through economic development and investment opportunities. It also celebrated Northern Ireland’s people, business, culture, arts, and young talent, looking forward to a positive future.