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Creativity is wee buns at Clifton Gateway

29 May 2019

People are being encouraged to get creative in how they think and feel about their environment at Clifton Gateway, ahead of a proposed upgrade to the area’s public realm.

A team of creative facilitators will be getting on street discussions going with the help of plenty of cuppas and buns this Saturday, 1 June from 11am-4pm. People are being encouraged to stop by marquees in front of the Hopelink Centre, Carlisle Circus, at the entrance to the courtyard at St Patrick’s Church and in the car park on Donegall Street, just opposite St Patrick’s.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee explains more. “I think Saturday will be a lot of fun. We’re asking people to take a little break in their day for a chat about how it feels to be here in this part of north Belfast – how it looks, how it sounds, and how they’d like to see it developed. There’s also some fun and games planned to get the creativity flowing!

“People shape places – so we’ll be asking what they think makes north Belfast distinctive to other parts of the city, what they’d like to celebrate about it and how they’d like to see disused buildings brought back to life for the community to use and enjoy.

“We want to make our city’s cultural vibrancy really visible on our streets and everyday public places to help transform our urban landscape, and to do that we need to connect more with the people who live here.”

The day’s conversations will also help to inform a new partnership approach to developing public art, with citizens at the centre of the process, along with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Clifton House, Department for Communities, the North Belfast Cluster and Ulster University.

Paula Reynolds, Chairperson of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster added: “North Belfast's heritage is central to its regeneration, and we’re keen to inspire community involvement and build confidence. We’re excited to see how people's ideas and feelings can be turned into public art and next Saturday’s event is a great first step in this partnership journey.”

For more information on Saturday’s event, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events and follow @belfastcc on Twitter.

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