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In Our Time – Creating Arts Within Reach

Creating Arts Within Reach

Belfast has seen a remarkable expansion in community arts activity over the last forty years, since the 1970s, putting it at the forefront of the movement within the UK and Ireland to change the way art is seen. It ha...

Giros

Alternative drop-in centre in Belfast

Imagine a place of freedom and expression for young people, a place to eat at a reasonable price, a place to create art and play music. An alternative space for anyone who didn’t find the mainstream appealing. Welc...

Mo McDevitt

A life in art

Mo was born on the Donegall Road in Matilda Street and moved to Ashley Avenue on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast when she was 5 years old. “It was not the Golden Mile, but it was an area of warm people, again the...

Angela Ifonlaja

Bridging communities in Belfast

Born in Nigeria, Angela’s family moved to London when she was a child. She remembers many differences between London and her homeland, most notably the British education system. “In Nigeria you move through the school...

Raising Standards – A Celebration for May Day 1992

A Celebration for May Day 1992

The Conservative Party has just won the elections under John Major. General Sir Patrick Mayhew is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Albert Reynolds is Taoiseach in the south of Ireland. Against the backdrop of ...

Helen Crickard

Redefining women’s roles in society

Helen grew up in a family of ten, five boys and five girls in Carrickfergus. “My early childhood in Carrickfergus was great, coming from a big family there was always something going on, we lived in a nice housing ...

Tura Arutura

Talking with the founder of Artfrique

Tura grew up in Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe during the pre-war period. He recalls it as being a “very colourful beautiful country. Very warm, very hot, it also reflects the nature of the people as well. They wear their he...

Augusto Boal in Belfast

Brazilian director, writer and activist.

This film was supported by Fernhill House Museum, Ballymacarrett Arts & Cultural Society, Prisoners Aid in East Belfast, An Cultúrlann and Phoenix Drama Society. An extraordinary day in the life of the Brazilia...

Darren Ferguson

Aid worker and music fan

Darren grew up in Glengormley. He recalls a time when bomb scares were common. “Me and my brother were fascinated when they brought out the robots to defuse these bombs. I have very clear memories of the police com...

Joseph Ricketts

To Belfast from Jamaica

Born and raised in Jamaica, Joseph’s father was a contractor who believed his sons should be responsible for their own land and be able to manage work on a farm. When they came of age, Joseph and his three brothers ha...

Mike Maloney

From Australia to Belfast

Mike was brought up in Australia. His family, which is of Irish extraction, moved many times and he recalls going to nine different schools and living in seven different houses. His father’s love of writing and journa...

Multi-Cultural Food & Arts Festival

Looking back at 1997's festival.

A look back to 1997 and the Food and Art Festival held to celebrate European Year Against Racism which offered 25,000 portions of home cooked food cuisine from more than 30 different cultures living in Belfast. (Ch...

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