Kabosh Theatre Company’s Green & Blue

Peace and Beyond Arts Fringe showcased work by Northern Ireland artists as well as international writers and poets

10 April: Street Art Walking Tour

10 April 2018,13.30-15.00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

Peace and Beyond delegates were invited to join a guided  Street Art Walking Tour exploring Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter.

The tour culminated at 3pm at Riddell’s Warehouse, with a rare opportunity to visit this extraordinary building (built 1865). A centrepiece of Belfast’s industrial past, the building was acquired during the Troubles by Musgrave Street Police Station to act as a security buffer and becomes the surroundings of the Peace and Beyond Arts Fringe.

10 April: Kabosh Theatre Company presents Green & Blue

10 April 2018, 15.00-16.00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

This one-hour theatre piece is based on oral archives of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána Police Officers who patrolled the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and explores the isolation, pain and at times humorous elements of life experienced by the individuals.

Performed by James Doran and Vincent Higgins and directed by Paula McFetridge, the play is written by Laurence McKeown, a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who took part in the 1981 Irish hunger strike and is now an author, playwright, and screenwriter.

10-13 April: Raymond Watson’s Hands of History +20

TUESDAY 10 APRIL – THURSDAY 12 APRIL - 11:00 - 18:00 & FRIDAY 13 APRIL - 11:00 - 14:00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

The project, curated by Artisann Gallery, started twenty years ago when the artist, Raymond Watson, managed to persuade nine individuals involved in crafting the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to let him take a cast of their hands. Those initial nine were: Gerry Adams, Malachi Curran, David Ervine, John Hume, Gary McMichael, Monica McWilliams, Mo Mowlam, Sean Neeson and David Trimble.

In the run-up to the 20th anniversary, Raymond has revisited this project and this exhibition will include casts of others who were influential in promoting the goals of peace, including Lord Alderdice, Seamus Mallon and Mo Mowlam.  

10-13 April: Transforming Long Kesh/Maze

TUESDAY 10 APRIL – THURSDAY 12 APRIL, 11:00 - 18:00 & FRIDAY 13 APRIL, 11:00 - 14:00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

Transforming Long Kesh/Maze is a collaborative social sculpture project presented in part as a postcard series at Riddlel’s by artists Martin Krenn and Aisling O’Beirn for the Peace and Beyond Fringe.  

The artists worked with individuals who have had first-hand experience of the Long Kesh/Maze prison in Northern Ireland including ex-prisoners from both Loyalist and Republican backgrounds, former visitors, ex-prison staff, archivists and collectors from community museums to collaboratively photograph existing prison artefacts or to co-create unique small sculptural objects to reflect their personal experiences of this site.  Krenn and O’Beirn worked with participants in Northern Ireland to photographically restage objects from the prison, which they made, own, or are caretaking for the future. Techniques for creating the new objects include methods traditionally used in making prison art.

10-13 April: ‘What else…’: Poetry Jukebox

TUESDAY 10 APRIL – THURSDAY 12 APRIL, 11:00 - 18:00 & FRIDAY 13 APRIL, 11:00 - 14:00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

Poetry Jukebox is Belfast’s much loved sculptural project created by Belfast based poets Deirdre Cartmill and Maria McManus and located in the Crescent Arts Centre’s garden.  

This edition of contemporary poetry, ‘What else…’  marks the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and is featured in the Peace and Beyond Arts Fringe as an installation of takeaway micro artworks from the participating poets at the entrance to Riddel’s Warehouse.

10-13 April: Trouble Songs by Stuart Bailie

TUESDAY 10 APRIL – THURSDAY 12 APRIL, 11:00 - 18:00 & FRIDAY 13 APRIL, 11:00 - 14:00

Riddell’s Warehouse, 87 - 91 Ann Street, Belfast BT1

Trouble Songs is the story of music and conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968. The story is related by Bono, Christy Moore, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Orbital, Kevin Rowland, Terri Hooley, The Rubberbandits and The Miami Showband survivors. Musicians from punk, folk, rave and rock have responded to violence, bigotry and shocking events. The soundtrack includes remarkable work by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sinead O’Connor, The Pogues, the Cranberries and Elvis Costello. 

Stuart Bailie, a Belfast-based music journalist and broadcaster, has spoken to over 60 participants and reveals many untold histories. The book Trouble Songs is an alternative hearing of the conflict, a testament to music’s value as a persuader, agitator and peacemaker. 

Trouble Songs was launched as part of Peace and Beyond and delegates could pick up a complimentary copy from Riddell's Warehouse. The book has been supported by the British Council and Bloomfield Press, and is a collaboration between the author and EastSide Arts, Belfast. 

The conference is organised by the British Council in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University and in association with the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building.

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