October 16, 2019

Good Vibrations Cover

Northern Ireland Peace on the Eve of Brexit: Resilience & Reconciliation Through Art & Storytelling
An exploration featuring music, film, and discussions, supported by a two-week art installation examining conflict and cooperation during the Troubles and since.


The 30-year social, religious, tribal, and economic conflict known as the Troubles came to a formal end with the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998, but now Brexit threatens that fragile peace. Through film, music, art, storytelling and special guests, NYU Washington, DC and the Irish Network DC explored the complex progress of healing a divided society. A visual art exhibit showcased art about the conflict and its legacy and ran from October 16-30, 2019. All events were at New York University’s Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center located in downtown D.C. The first program in this series kicked off with a film screening and discussion on, "Good Vibrations."

“When It comes to punk: New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the Reason!” Terri Hooley (portrayed by Richard Dormer) in the 2012 film, “Good Vibrations."

Set in the 1970s, the film “Good Vibrations” looks at the life of Terri Hooley, who is considered Northern Ireland’s “godfather of punk.” Due to the sectarian violence in Belfast at the time, the city basically shut down in the evenings. This was not much fun for the teens looking for something to do. Hooley began arranging punk music shows, set up a record label and shop called Good Vibrations, and ‘discovered’ the band The Undertones. The punk community became a way to rebel against the sectarianism and violence that was prevalent. 

Also starring the thirteenth Dr. Who, Jodie Whittaker. Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn. (Film 103 minutes).

Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.