Social Programme

Thank you to our 'Keep It Social' sponsor, Express Publishing 

Taking time out during the conference to relax and meet new people is important, that’s why we plan a range of social events for our delegates to enjoy, some during the breaks in the day and others in the evenings after sessions have finished. Below you will see details of what we have planned for 2022, check back nearer the time to find out more.

Monday 16 May

Welcome Reception - 17.30-19.00, ICC Auditorium
Join us to celebrate the start of our 55th IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. IATEFL President, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, and other special guests will welcome delegates to the event. It will be an opportunity to relax and meet other delegates as well as old friends.

Tuesday 17 May

First timers meet-up - 11.20-11.50, IATEFL stand in the Exhibition
If you have not attended an IATEFL Conference before, come along to the IATEFL stand in the Exhibition during the morning break on Tuesday 17 May. Meet with other first timers and IATEFL Trustees to learn more about the conference and make some new friends!

Introduction to Belfast - 19.30-20.30, ICC Bar 1
A fun, interactive talk withDC Tour’s Lead Guide, PaulDonnelly. Paul is a Politics and History lecturer and also holds the
title of the UK's Top Tour Guide. This one-hour introduction will include:

  • A brief history of the city
  • Top attractions and things to do
  • Favourite bars and restaurants
  • Language and colloquialisms
  • Q&A

Wednesday 18 May

International Quiz- 19.30-21.30, ICC Bar 1
The popular quiz is back again! A multimedia extravaganza under the management of Gavin Dudeney. You’ll need a global team (you can come along and join one on the night!) with diverse interests and knowledge, a sense of humour and a desire to meet new people, have some fun, network and work together to score more points than any other team. Music, fun, drinks and nibbles, and the chance to be crowned quiz champions of Belfast 2022.

Sharing Stories - 19.30-21.30, ICC Hall 2B
Come and listen to stories being told. Join Storyteller David Heathfield and this year's co-host Storyteller Alan Hall from County Antrim, Ireland and storytelling teachers from all around the world sharing folk tales, myths and legends from oral cultures as well as personal stories, anecdotes and having the craic. Sharing our stories brings joy, closeness and healing to our truly global community.
"If you have the words, there is always a chance you'll find the way" Seamus Heaney.
David Heathfield is an international storyteller and the author of Storytelling With Our Students. He runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers courses. 
Alan Hall is a storytelling English teacher from the Glens of Antrim who has a keen interest in Irish folklore.

Thursday 19 May

Pecha Kucha - 18.45-19.45, ICC Studio
Originating from the word “chitchat”, a Japanese term describing the sound of conversation, we again offer you a Pecha Kucha evening. Each speaker is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving a total presentation time of six minutes and forty seconds before the next speaker is up, keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. It promises to be as exciting as ever so don’t miss it!

Music Night - 19.45-21.15, ICC Bar 1
"Come Together, Right Now”
Come and celebrate the wonderful thing that is being together again at IATEFL 2022 in Belfast with our international celebration of song and music. If you sing, play, sing along or listen with keen and expert ears - or any combination of the above – we’d love you to be with us.
Bring music or a song about the world we live in that celebrates togetherness (or any other subject that takes your fancy!). Sing or play in English or any language you want. We can’t wait to listen to you. Hosted by IATEFL regulars Jeremy Harmer and Judy Wong, this is one of the conference’s most popular and heartfelt events. And there’ll be a bar (for those who want it) to help the music go by.


Things to do in Belfast

If you are interested in getting out and about in Belfast during your free time, visit our Things to do in Belfast page for some great ideas.