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Bonfires and cultural expression

Bonfires and cultural expression

One of the goals of our Good Relations Action Plan is to promote the positive expression of culture. As part of this we're working with communities across Belfast to help improve the way July bonfires are managed and provide support to increase opportunities for positive cultural expression.

Our bonfire and cultural expression programme aims to support positive, respectful expressions of culture that value diversity and encourage participation. The programme will: 

  • support creative forms of cultural expression within communities
  • provide training to support positive change, and 
  • work with communities to encourage safe forms of cultural celebration.

We will help communities where July bonfires occur to connect with the cultural significance of the occasion through the funding of small scale community festival events and activities. We will also fund activity that raises awareness of cultural heritage and what it can mean to different groups. 

The programme is part of our wider work in promoting Belfast as a welcoming, safe and inclusive city as outlined in the Belfast Agenda. We will also continue our collaborative work with a number of agencies on the issue of bonfires. 

We will continue to support groups who deliver activity that aims to address issues associated with August bonfires and to tackle some negative aspects and challenges that continue to be associated with some bonfires.

Contact us
Good relations
028 9027 0663
Good Relations Unit
Chief Executive's Department
Belfast City Hall