Belfast 2024 creative programme
Belfast 2024 is an ambitious cultural celebration for our city. It will present a wide-ranging programme of creative local projects, events and city initiatives in 2024 - made by the people of Belfast for the people of Belfast. We are inviting expressions of interest from the creative sectors to commission a host of ideas, projects and events as part of the city’s Belfast 2024 creative programme.
Open call for creative programme ideas
We’re excited to give an opportunity to support bid ideas, imagination and ambition to create this celebratory year of creativity for Belfast. There are three stages in this first open call. For stages 1 and 2, bidders must submit a form on eSourcing. Successful bidders from these stages will receive funding to develop their idea to a full project plan in stage 3. Bidders must provide resourcing and budgeting details for stage 3.
Open call closing date
The closing date for stages 1 and 2 is Wednesday 8 March 2023.
Before you send a creative idea for Belfast 2024
Before you submit your creative ideas, we want to make sure you have the advice you need to respond to our bid questions. To discuss your idea for Belfast 2024, you can talk to us in person or online.
Book a meeting to talk to us about your idea
During January and February, we will be available in person for 30-minute advice sessions on Belfast 2024 open call. You can ask for a meeting Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm or between 2pm and 4pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, number and the date and time that suits you. If we can’t accommodate your meeting request, we’ll offer you an alternative. We will confirm your meeting by email.
Book an online meeting
You can ask for a 30-minute advice session on MS Teams. Email email@example.com with your name, number and some dates and times that suit you. We will confirm by email and send you an online invitation.
Join our roundtable session
We will arrange a series of roundtable meetings on our People, Place and Planet themes. If you're interested in these themes and want to find project collaborators, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to submit a creative idea
We are using eSourcing (link opens in new window) for the open call submission process. This is the online tendering portal. We recommend you contact us first to discuss your idea and to understand how the bid process works.
Background to Belfast 2024
Belfast 2024 emerged from the large-scale engagement process that formed part of Belfast’s bid for European City of Culture in 2018. It’s also a key aim of our cultural strategy, A City Imagining 2020-2030.
We had planned to host this home-grown year of culture in 2023. But we were held back by the pandemic and turned our ambitions to 2024. We believe that culture will be a core part of Belfast’s recovery and that investing in our creative sector is essential - not just delivering on the ambition for Belfast 2024, but to help us build back better and become more sustainable.
As well as our cultural strategy, the ambitions of 2024 deliver on the aims of our tourism plan, the Belfast Agenda, A Bolder Vision for Belfast and the Belfast City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy. It will also deliver on ambitions of the Resilience strategy and partnership development with the Belfast Stories (link opens in new window) project.
Creating new connections for Belfast
Belfast 2024 will support activities that create new connections. It aims to bring people together to think, explore and create in new ways. It will be made up of local and international commissions and partnerships. The programme has a focus on cross-sector working and making good use of public space.
What we hope Belfast 2024 will achieve
Belfast 2024 is founded in our belief and commitment that culture, sustainability, collaboration, partnership and people should be at the heart of the city’s decision-making and development.
By focusing on these areas together, we aim to:
- help make Belfast a more accessible, attractive and exciting place to live and work
- address city dereliction by increasing creative and cultural vibrancy and civic pride
- recognise the climate crisis, develop awareness and help change cultural behaviours
- re-activate Belfast’s tourism sector and develop our cultural tourism offer
- deliver a distinct portfolio of city events connected to citizens and attracting international visitors, promoting Belfast as a world-class cultural destination.
Other opportunities to get involved in Belfast 2024
This is our first open call to become involved in the programme over the next two years. We will expand later calls and opportunities to people and organisations across Belfast as our programme develops.
Join Belfast 2024 mailing list
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