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Love is in the air in #YourBelfast

8 Feb 2019

Love is in the (Belfast) air this weekend as the most romantic day of the year approaches and the city centre celebrates with some great free fun.

If you’re shopping in Belfast this weekend, look out for newly-installed ‘love benches’ at Castle Place and take a minute to sit and reflect on everything you love about #YourBelfast and snap a selfie.

 Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “Council has made a significant investment in environmental improvements in the city centre including the addition of outdoor seating, planters, enhanced street lighting, and temporary greening of pedestrianised areas - all with the aim of improving the landscape while work continues on the Bank Buildings site.

“It’s important that we take this opportunity to reimagine our city centre and as we look ahead to the longer-term recovery and regeneration of this part of the city centre in particular, we have the opportunity to trial new ideas and think about how our city centre and public spaces are used.

“With that in mind, Council is currently developing exciting plans for a temporary pop-up park at Castle Place which will be open in time for spring. In developing these plans, we have looked to other cities for best practice and I think this presents Belfast City Council with a real opportunity to pilot these kinds of projects, and test the public’s appetite for them.”

The ‘love benches’ will be in place until Monday 18 February.

And staying on the romantic theme, the Cathedral Quarter’s Bean Bag Cinema is hosting free screenings of popular rom-coms from 11-14 February, including Romeo and Juliet and The Notebook. Places are free but booking is essential www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourbelfast 

Later this month, cafes across Belfast will host a free mini-festival over the half term holidays from 18-22 February.

The Creative Cafes programme includes a visit to the Mad Hatters Tea Party - hosted by the award winning theatre company C21 - a trip around the world with ArtsEtka exploring the arts and culture of other countries; as well as a chance to make your own animated adventure using Lego with the Cando Academy, and some silly scientific fun with the Institute of Physics and Science Stars. More details can be found here: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourbelfast

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey added: “This is a great family-friendly initiative which Council is pleased to support as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Belfast retailers, and driving footfall to parts of the city that have been most impacted by the fire at Bank Buildings.

“Our local arts and cultural sector has been key to reinvigorating our city centre spaces over this last number of months, and this is going to be a really fun initiative for the young and young at heart over half-term break.”

Belfast City Council’s investment in a city centre programme of activities has provided a boost to the local arts and cultural sector with more than 80 different arts organisations, bands, musicians and community groups benefitting from the investment.

Kerry Rooney from the Cathedral Quarter Trust added: “The arts and cultural sector have a big part to play in helping to make the city a more colourful and vibrant place to visit and spend time. As we saw this past weekend with the Chinese New Year celebrations, there is so much richness and diversity in our arts sector, we want to harness that energy to regenerate the city and drive investment in the arts.”

For more information visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourbelfast

        
Belfast’s new ‘love benches’ will be in Castle Place until Monday 18 February. People are being encouraged to stop and snap a selfie and tell everyone what they love about #YourBelfast Rebecca Anderson, Caeili Carr and Ian McMullan take a break from shopping to snap a selfie on Belfast’s new ‘love benches’.