Ireland's President has hailed plans for an historic handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness.
President Michael D Higgins will also attend the event where the long awaited encounter is set to take place in Belfast next Wednesday.
The charity Co-operation Ireland is hosting a celebration of culture on the island of Ireland in Belfast's Lyric Theatre and the venue will provide the stage for the first meeting between Sinn Fein and the Queen.
President Higgins, who is visiting Irish communities in Britain, said: "I accepted the invitation on the basis that it would be an inclusive occasion."
He said he hoped the meeting would help foster reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
More top news
Wintry weather into the weekend
Jeremy Hunt could impose controversial new contracts for junior doctors by Monday, ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston has learned.
A new video has emerged online purporting to show a four-year-old British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners on behalf of IS.