The event is one of the highlights of the Trust’s commemorative program to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Director of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Maeve McLaughlin, said: “We have been advised that forecasts of strong winds and prolonged rain on Sunday pose a potential risk to those taking part in ‘Beyond the Silence’, as well as the public, and we felt we had no choice but to look for another covered venue.
“Security is paramount, from the perspective of the Trust, and throughout the planning phase we have ensured that risk assessments have been carried out for all events and at all sites. Until now, the focus has been on protecting people from Covid-19, but it would have been irresponsible to ignore weather warnings and the potential implications for people’s safety.
“The good news is that ‘Beyond the Silence’ is still taking place, albeit indoors, and we are confident that we will deliver a dignified, high-quality event befitting such an important occasion for the city.
“The Millennium Forum will not be able to accommodate everyone who has booked tickets, so we are also exploring other venues. Of course, some will be disappointed, but I would ask them to
understand that the Trust had no other choice given the terms and conditions. Ticket holders will be notified of their assigned location through the ticketing platform, Eventbrite, and I encourage people to check their reservation online.
“We apologize for any inconvenience – which is for reasons beyond our control – and apologize for any disappointment.”
The Trust has asked ‘Beyond the Silence’ attendees to be at the venue by 3.15pm.