PROGRAMME THURSDAY 16 JUNE Time Event Venue 14:30 Tea and Coffee break Life Centre 15:00 Changing the Conversation : Societal Wellbeing Life Centre Societal wellbeing is defined as “a sense of involvement with other people and with our communities. Many researchers believe that wellbeing is not just about being happy or content, but also about being actively engaged with life and with other people.” This conversation will ask is society doing enough to encourage societal wellbeing. Speakers include: Robert Egger, LA Kitchen Fergus Cumiskey, Contact NI Caitriona Cassidy – “A Lived Experience” Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer Vivian McConvey, VOYPIC 16:30 Free time Belfast 19:00 Social Event Oh Yeah Centre Join us in the Oh Yeah Centre to enjoy some music by some of the Xchange grantees, a pub quiz , a fork buffet and a chance to reflect on the days conversations in a relaxed environment. PROGRAMME FRIDAY 17 JUNE Time Event Venue 10:30 Meeting with Coffee and Tea TBC 11:00 Walking Tour of Belfast with Daniel Jewsbury. The Talking Heads of Belfast 06 Have you ever seen the Chinaman of Marlborough Street? Or the cherubs making ropes next to City Hall? Do you know how many seahorses there are in Belfast? In this architectural expedition with a difference, Daniel Jewsbury presents some of the sculpted heads on Belfast’s historic buildings and listens for the story they tell us about our city. He’ll talk about the Fitzpatrick Brothers who were amongst Victorian Belfast’s finest artists and whose work is still on view all around the city. Their story tells us about power, money and Belfast’s first property boom - themes which are still relevant today.
PROGRAMME FRIDAY 17 JUNE Time Event Venue 12:30 Changing the Conversation: A City of 7 Quarters? Sunflower Bar This final conversation will be held in the Sunflower Bar which has just been saved from the threat of being demolished in light of new plans for the city. The conversation will consider the values and issues in the planning and design of Belfast. Specifically: The impact of modernity on Belfast’s landscape & The history of the city and how it has influenced its design and shape. There is a pronounced need to understand what makes Belfast special, how to capture its essence to nurture it to thrive for future generations to enjoy. John Betjeman was quoted as saying that Belfast was the most intact Victorian city in the British Isles. Yet the landscape has been heavily influenced by a violent and traumatic past. Paramilitary murals and caged buildings serve as a reminder of a troubled past. What should we keep and what needs to go? What role does planning and design have to play in ‘remembering’ the conflict? What stories are included or excluded? How does the depiction of the past relate to the present built environment? What impact will modernity have on the Belfast landscape? Is our built environment accessible to all? Lunch is included. Speakers include: David Gavaghan, Aurora Prime Real Estate Rita Harkin, Heritage Advisor Mark Hackett, City Reparo Daniel Jewsbury, Writer, Curator and Editor Orla McCann, Disability Action Dermot O’Kane, Belfast City Council 14:00 Close 07