Belfast PEACE IV

Life Beyond the Walls

Date: Wednesday 11th May

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: The Spectrum Centre, Belfast

Cost: FREE

Registration for this event has now closed. If you would like to attend the event and have not yet registered, please email peace@plannd.co.uk

Belfast is a small city, but it’s demarcated by almost 100 ‘peace walls’ that separate Nationalist and Loyalist areas. Once serving as peace-keeping measures, they are now, in a post Good Friday Agreement, popular tourist locations.

It was envisaged by Stormont that the Peace Walls in Belfast would be removed by 2023. As this date approaches, it is increasingly unlikely that this goal will be achieved. This event will discuss research on public attitudes to the peace walls and hear from those attempting to facilitate greater integration of residents. If you are interested in building positive relations and shared spaces, come along to our Life Beyond the Walls event.

Who will you hear from?

Dr Jonny Byrne, Senior Lecturer at Ulster University:

Dr Byrne will present his research on supporting and developing policy and practice enabling the removal of peace walls in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Jonny Byrne is currently a Lecturer and Year Two Tutor in criminology and criminal justice, in the School of Criminology, Social Policy and Politics at Ulster University.  He has completed a number of research projects on public attitudes to peace walls, paramilitary violence, young people’s participation in political violence, community experiences of public order policing in Northern Ireland, bonfires, and the manipulations of commemorations and celebrations in a contested society.

Professor Peter Bloom, University of Essex:

Professor Bloom will join the event via Zoom and discuss his work with Belfast Interface Project on developing their ground-breaking app that lets the public reimagine Belfast with no peace walls.  The augmented reality project uses up-to-the-minute tech which allows people to create their own ‘artists’ impression’ of how their local streetscape would look if peace walls were removed.

The event will be facilitated by Father Martin Magill.  Fr Magill is known by some as a peacemaker priest.  He is parish priest at St Johns on the Falls Road in Belfast and is also an author and organiser of the Four Corners’ Festival.  He’s someone who is constantly crossing divides and brings much energy into behind the scenes conversations on issues of justice and peace-making.

Registration for this event has now closed. If you would like to attend the event and have not yet registered, please email peace@plannd.co.uk

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