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City Matters

City Matters is our residents' magazine, sent out to households throughout Belfast five times a year. It has useful telephone numbers for contacting us, an events section, competition and stories about what we're doing to improve Belfast.

Please note, we don't place loose leaflets in City Matters. If you receive any non-council material inside your copy, please call us on 028 9027 0533.  

Other formats

City Matters is also available in Braille, DAISY, audio (tape or CD) or in a larger print format if requested.

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To request a copy of City Matters, you can fill in our online form.

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We welcome your feedback about City Matters. Do you find it useful? How can we improve it? Contact us to let us know.

City Matters editions

City Matters Cover April - June 2017
10 Apr 2017

In the April to June edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • New City Hall exhibition opening 16 May p18
  • New faces at Smithfield Market p12, and
  • Celebrate our Spring Online 2017 programmes p27
City Matters Cover with a lady on a bike in the gym.
16 Jan 2017

In the January to March edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Bin sticker enclosed p27
  • New Olympia Leisure Centre p8
  • Your future city Belfast Agenda pull-out p17
  • Celebrated citizen Bap Kennedy p14
  • Don’t wait insulate p24
  • Ice Hockey World Championship p28
City Matters Cover with City Hall at Christmas
14 Nov 2016

In the November to January edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Christmas shopping hours p5
  • Be safe this season p10
  • Food banks p11
  • Win £200 of Hastings Hotels gift vouchers p15
  • Christmas leftover recipe p26
  • Christmas Tea Dances p33
City Matters Cover September - November 2016
5 Sep 2016

In the September to November edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Christmas light switch on p6;
  • Get Online Week p10;
  • the 10th anniversary of our Parks photographic competition p18; and
  • the Positive Ageing Festival p32.
City Matters Cover July-August 2016
27 Jun 2016

In the summer edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Festival fun p6,
  • our city of markets p8,
  • Celebrated citizen Nisha Tandon OBE p17, and
  • the Begging for Change campaign p26.
City Matters
4 Apr 2016

In the spring edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • the rates update p17
  • Belfast Waterfront getting ready to wow p22
  • Twilight returns p7
  • Top tips for beautiful blooms p12
City Matters - January to March 2016
18 Jan 2016

In the January edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • St Patrick's Day celebrations p4
  • NI Year of Food and Drink 2016 p5
  • the opening of Girdwood Community Hub p6
  • how to avoid a financial headache p10
  • recycling your rooms p19
  • our parks photographic competition.
City Matters Cover
9 Nov 2015

In the Christmas edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • holiday closures and collections p4;
  • the BBC Sports Personality of the Year p17;
  • A Christmas Star p18;
  • getting in tune for the Belfast Opera; and
  • how it make it a safe season p27.
City Matters - September to October 2015
7 Sep 2015

In the September to October edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Twilight treats at St George's Market (page 8)
  • our competition to win £200 of fuel vouchers (page 15)
  • Narnia comes to the Arches (page 18)
  • The Imagine Arts Festival (page 31).
City Matters cover - July to August 2015
29 Jun 2015

In the July to August edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • our green giant (page 6)
  • beating boredom this summer (page 8)
  • entering our competition to win a gas BBQ and hamper (page 15)
  • The Tall Ships Races 2015 (pages 18-19)
  • consultation news (page 27).
City Matters April 2015
30 Mar 2015

In the April edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Rates update (page 14)
  • Coca-cola Zero Belfast Bikes (page 4)
  • Tall Ships are coming (page 7)
  • Investment Programme (page 18)
Gloria Hunniford City Matters cover - January to March 2015
19 Jan 2015

In the January edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • St Patrick’s Day celebrations (page 5)
  • A creative and cultural new year (page 10)
  • Better in Belfast (page 24)
  • Celebrated citizen Gloria Hunniford (page 27).
  • Bin sticker of holiday bin collection dates for 2015.
LGR City Matters November 2014
17 Nov 2014

In this special local government reform edition of City Matters, read about:

  • Belfast: be part of it p2
  • Meet your councillors p4
  • New to Belfast p6
  • Spreading the word p8
City Matters
10 Nov 2014

In the Christmas edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Holiday closures and collections (page 4)
  • Christmas trading hours (page 5)
  • Keep safe this Christmas (pages 12 and 13)
  • Celebrated citizen Carl Frampton (page 21)
City Matters - September to November 2014
8 Sep 2014

In the September edition of City Matters, find out about:

  • Belfast’s Next Top Doggie (page 4)
  • Belfast Restaurant Week (page 5)
  • restoration of the Tropical Ravine (page 24)
  • our fab 14 Green Flag parks (page 26), and
  • the Age-friendly Belfast Imagine Arts Festival for older people (page 33).
City Matters - July to August 2014
23 Jun 2014

In the July to August edition of City Matters, you’ll find out more about:

  • Belfast’s new leisure trust (page 9)
  • summer safety (page 11)
  • preparing for our new council (page 17)
  • shadow council members (page 18)
  • local production, Lily’s Driftwood Bay (page 33)
City Matters - April to June 2014
7 Apr 2014

In the April to June edition of City Matters, you’ll find information on:

  • the Giro d’Italia (page 7)
  • our celebrated citizen, Una Crudden (page 11)
  • rates (page 15)
  • our Investment Programme (page 18)
  • Local Government Reform (page 29)
City Matters Jan to March cover
20 Jan 2014

In the January to March edition of City Matters, you’ll find information on:

  • our new feedback policy (page 4)
  • underage sales (page 8)
  • 80 years of Belfast Zoo (page 10)
  • reform of local government (page 21)
  • a new approach to leisure facilities (page 27)
City Matters cover - November 2013 - January 2014
11 Nov 2013

In the November to January edition of City Matters, read about:

  • holiday closures and collections (page 4)
  • Christmas shopping times (page 5) 
  • preparing for emergencies (page 11)
  • dealing with extra Christmas waste (page 22)
  • winter gardening (page 26).
City Matters September to November
1 Sep 2013

In the September to November issue of City Matters, find out about:

  • our new mobile-friendly website (pages 18 and 19)
  • Belfast Music Week and other upcoming festivals (page 7)
  • the Grove Playing Fields and Green Flag Awards (pages 10 and 11)
  • the new recycling scheme for households in the inner city area (page 13)
The special tenth anniversary edition of City Matters (July to August 2013)
1 Jul 2013


The special tenth anniversary edition of City Matters (July to August 2013) includes information on:

  • summer events (pages 17-20)
  • Féile an Phobail Féile25 festival (page 5)
  • World Police and Fire Games (page 21)
  • our celebrated citizen, Belfast actor, writer and director, Dan Gordon (page 25).
City Matters cover April 2013
1 Apr 2013

In the April - June edition of City Matters you'll find:

  • an update on our Investment Programme (2012-15)
  • information on leaflet litter legislation and the Department of the Environment's carrier bag levy
  • some of the many events on offer in the run-up to summer in our 'What's on' section
  • Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival 2013
  • outdoor activities available and our new sporting facilities.
  • our current opportunities, including a bursary fund for young people, work placements and volunteering
  • information on what your rates pay for and how your rates bill is calculated
  • our celebrated citizen, Lucy Caldwell.
City Matters February to April 2013 front cover
1 Feb 2013

In the February - April edition of City Matters you'll find:

  • events including our Belfast 400 commemorations, the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, our Decade of Centenaries schedule and the World Police and Fire Games
  • suggestions on how to get active and information on outdoor activities
  • activities at our 22 community centres
  • our recycle target and how you can make the most of your doorstep recycling service and local recycling centre.
City Matters cover - November 2013 - January 2014
1 Nov 2012

In the November - January edition of City Matters you'll find:

  • View holiday closures and collections (page 4)
  • Find out when the city centre shops are open over Christmas and New Year (page 5)
  • Our green section has information on reducing your Christmas waste, green gift ideas and recycling your old bicycles (pages 7 to 9)
  • Read our Christmas buffet food safety tips (page 12)
  • Browse the ‘What’s on’ section (pages 17 to 19) Read our front cover story about Sleeping Beauty's Ivan Little (page 21)
  • Find tips on helping the birds in the cold weather (page 25)
  • Read advice to seniors on keeping warm in the winter months (page 33).
City Matters September - November 2012 front cover
1 Nov 2012

In the September - November edition of City Matters you'll find:

  • local boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan who brought bronze medals back from the London 2012 Summer Olympics
  • the life of Olympic athlete, Dame Mary Peters in the 40th anniversary year of her historic gold medal win
  • more exciting events in 2012 including our tantalising Belfast Restaurant Week and celebrated Belfast Music Week
  • Belfast Business Awards and how you can get involved in the voting process
  • plastic bottles in our green section
  • tips on packing a healthy lunch and information about free recycling and anti-litter workshops for schools.

Contact us
Corporate Communications
028 9027 0533
Chief Executive's Department
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
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