CORNERS Belfast

In October 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival will host CORNERS event!

A selection of projects, all of which are free to the public, are featured in CORNERS Belfast event, which largely take place in non-traditional and public spaces across the city.

Come and experience site-specific works in public spaces such as Windows at the New Lodge housing estate and look out for two very special installations, Oh My Home! and Bridging the Silence in city centre locations to be announced in September. The beautiful Mill at Conway Street plays host to Atlas of Tremors whilst the students of Hazelwood Integrated College work with alongside two artists in residence to create Birdhouse Gallery. With exhibitions, screenings and events at The Golden Thread Gallery and the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast plays host to over twenty artists in residence creating a range of interactive and participatory installations and artworks inspired by this corner of Europe.

About Belfast International Arts Festival

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival is Ireland’s Leading Contemporary International Arts Festival. A civic event of arts and ideas with national and international reach, delivered by a new independent organisation.

Central to the Festival is a genuine effort to look beyond NI for creative inspiration and ideas and to broaden notions of access through a wide range of initiatives ranging from providing free events through to offering participatory and educational opportunities and taking events across the city. A growing emphasis on contemporary arts practice is reflected in choice of Amanda Coogan as Festival’s 2015 Artist in Residence. Participatory new works from the Corners of Europe programme are presented around the city in partnership with the Arts Council with artists collaborating together to offer their perspectives on lives lived at the edges of a changing continent. Two countries, India and Mexico take centre stage this year with perhaps the highlight being the multi-sensory spectacle of The Kitchen at the Grand Opera House. The best of new European theatre features at the The MAC with Hallo by Martin Zimmermann, To Break – The Window of Opportunity by Robbert & Frank and The Wolf and Peter from CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Co-Creations:

Atlas of Tremors

Taking as its central motif the contemporary computers’ predecessor, the Jacquard weaving loom, the performance Atlas of Tremors confronts live sung folk song with digital sound processing. The Jacquard weaving loom was a 19th century technological advancement – a mechanical machine whose weaving patterns were programmed by means of punched cards, an instrument that would shape both the industrial age and the development of computers in modern times.

Birdhouse Gallery

Birdhouse Gallery is an art workshop for school kids ending with a public presentation / exhibition. It is aiming to encourage imagination, develop children’s creative ideas, improve their artistic skills and strengthen appreciation for the arts.

Bridging the Silence

Bridging the Silence is a visual and sound installation designed to be shown on a pedestrian bridge, created by Hrvoslava Brkušić, Croatian multimedia & sound artist; Deirdre Cartmill, N. Irish poet, and Beatriz Churruca, Basque visual artist & Performer.

Built to Contain

Convicted persons tell tales of the untold in radio play developed with international artists. Through a series of meetings and workshops, stories were gathered to produce a unique 16 minute play exploring life in prison including daily routines, power systems, small acts of rebellion, communication with the world beyond the walls and imaginary escapism.

Hide or Reveal

The publication “Hide or Reveal” sums the experience of two-weeks-long travellings, meetings of new places and constant change of location. It is a result of an artistic research that took place in the framework of two CORNERS Xpeditions: Balkan and …

Oh My Home – Lost & Found

Borders and belonging, identity and rejection, struggle and intimacy, roots and mobility, walls and bridges. Making home. Reclaiming home. Losing and finding home. Composed of familiar elements that remind of a diversity of these experiences, the piece invites the public …

Sister of Another Mama

Sister of Another Mama is a collaborative group of artists including: Tonya McMullan – a visual artist from Northern Ireland, Joseba Irazoki a musician from the Basque Country, Mila Pavićević – a dramaturge from Croatia, SIMKA (Simon Häggblom + Karin Lind) who are visual artists from Sweden.

Windows

Windows is a piece of participatory outdoor theatre, where local residents and visitors answer a series of questions on topics ranging from local to existential issues.

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Event Schedule:

Birdhouse Gallery

Artists’ residency at Hazelwood Integrated College and workshop
From 5th October @ Hazelwood College, Belfast

They look like boxes, some may call them birdhouses. Instead of birds, the young people we work with put art inside. The two week Birdhouse Gallery residency led by Polish visual artist and musician, Maciej Salamon and Bulgarian theatre director, Nedyalko Delchev will end with a public presentation.

Hide Or Reveal

A free publication available from selected arts and community venues across the city.
From 9th October @ Locations across Belfast

What is offered to us as travelers or observers as we pass through unknown places? What meaning can we assign to brief and constantly changing images through the windows of trains, buses and cars? How do we relate to our co-travelers, and do we see the same things as they do?

The artists sum up their own personal experience of travelling across Europe and meeting people and seeing places from other cultures.

Keep an eye on Belfast festival website for locations where you can pick up this publication.

Built To Contain

A radio play developed by people with convictions in NI supported by NIACRO.
@ B Wing Crumlin Road Gaol

Convicted persons tell tales of the untold in this radio play created by Irish artists Laurence McKeown (Playwright), Paula McFetridge (Director) and Slovenian archivist Ana Frank.
Stories were gathered to produce a unique 26 minute play ‘Built to Contain’ exploring life in prison including daily routines, power systems, small acts of rebellion, communication with the world beyond the walls and imaginary escapism.

This unique sound installation will be followed by a post show discussion exploring arts engagement and education in prison chaired by writer and journalist Susan McKay (author of ‘Bear in Mind These Dead’ and ‘Northern Protestants – An Unsettled People’) with Carlo Gébler, Writer-in-residence HMP Maghaberry 1997-2015, Creative Writing Tutor (part-time) HMP Maze (1992-97); and Dr Jenny Meegan, Open University tutor/counsellor in NI prisons 1983-2003; alongside project creators.

Atlas of Tremors

Mapping Europe through songs, sounds and images collected.
19:30 @ Conway Mill

Taking as its central motif the contemporary computers’ predecessor, the Jacquard weaving loom, this performance confronts live sung folk song with digital sound processing. The Jacquard weaving loom’s weaving patterns were programmed by means of punched cards, an instrument that would shape both the industrial age and the development of computers in modern times.

Atlas of Tremors

19:30 @ Conway Mill

Atlas of Tremors

19:30 @ Conway Mill

Windows

Participatory outdoor theatre work
19:00 @ Duncairn Parade, New Lodge

Local residents answer a series of questions using coloured lights to display their answers in their windows. The project was inspired by the people of San Sebastian / Donostia who protested a new law by hanging rubbish bags from their balconies. People who feel their views are not being heard can use the windows of their homes as a highly visible way for them to express their opinions, the collective visibility making the answers impossible to ignore. Please note visitors can participate in this project.

Oh My Home - Lost and Found

Installation and performance in public space
until Saturday 24 October, every day at 12:00 and 15:00 @ Belfast School of Art - University of Ulster

Addressing notions of home from a broad perspective (the domestic, the migrant and the contested) this installation will be accompanied by conversations and workshops.

Borders and belonging, identity and rejection, struggle and intimacy, roots and mobility, walls and bridges.. Making home. Reclaiming home. Losing and finding home.

Composed of familiar elements that remind of a diversity of these experiences, Oh My Home invites the public to reclaim public space as a meeting point to approach “home” from a geographical, political and philosophical perspective.

Look out for ancillary workshops and drop-in activities during the performance week, too.

Bridging The Silence

An audio walk recounting the experiences of survivors of abuse.
until Saturday 24 October 2015 @ Lagan Weir Bridge

A uniquely immersive and memorable experience on an audio walk that explores the emotional journey survivors of violence, abuse and discrimination move through as they pass from the storm inside to peace. Participants are invited to don a pair of headphones and embark on a short transformative journey whilst listening to the personal testimonies from survivors across Europe. This audio installation evolves and grows as it moves from city to city, collecting new stories on the way from communities it touches. A visceral experience of sounds, testimonies, music, poems; and oneself’s silence.

Flashes

A selection of 5 short documentaries from DokuFest.
18:30 @ QFT

One of the Eritrean refugees sunk off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa in 2013 tells his story in Shipwreck. Animated documentary Sharaf documents the recollections of a boy who crosses the sea in an unseaworthy boat. Xenos is a short documentary about the day-today struggle for survival and enduring sense of exile. The programme, which also includes The Chicken and The Balcony (2013) is introduced by Veton Nurkollari, Director of the critically acclaimed international documentary and short film festival, DokuFest.

Also, look out for short documentaries to be screened in city centre venues and locations.

Sister of Another Mama

A two week artistic residency located at the offices of the Belfast Telegraph and public open day at PSsquared Gallery.
public open day, 12:00 - 20:00 h @ PSsquared

Who owns the news? Whose news is it? How do our own personal stories fit with today’s media priorities? Together artists and young participants will look at the nature of today’s newspapers. With occasional interventions from the Telegraph’s own staff, they will tell stories, play games, experiment and make art in response to their surroundings. Sister of Another Mama are the current artists in residence at the Belfast Telegraph where they are working towards producing their own supplement to accompany the daily paper by working alongside journalists and groups of young people. SoAM will spend one day in the nearby PSsquared Gallery on Donegall Street where they will be exploring some of the more performative aspects of their practise that have emerged from the Telegraph residency where they are responding to the editorial environment and media priorities, the public are invited to drop in to PSsquared between 12 and 8pm on Saturday 24th October and check the website for details of where to pick up the final newspaper supplement.

Aged 11 – 14 and want to get involved? Get in touch enquiriesbelfest@gmail.com.

Contact: enquiriesbelfest@gmail.com; 028 9089 2707

Festival Team
Director: Richard Wakely
Technical Manager: Phil McCandlish
Marketing Manager: Karen O’Rawe
Programme and Operations Administrator: Georgia Simpson
Administrator: Naomi Conway
Marketing Officer: Peter Curran
Project Manager: Becky Turnock
Press Officer: Vicki Caddy (ASG)
Box Office Supervisor: Clare McQuillan (The MAC)
Design: Rory Jeffers and Alan Rooney (ASG)
Website: Darren Davison (ASG)