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A new focus is on Belfast

Recording the many faces of everyday life in Belfast form the substance for an engaging photographic and film exhibition at this year’s Festival.

Belfast Now will not only feature the efforts of photographer Adam Patterson and filmmaker Derville Quigley, but members of the public are also being encouraged to take part by uploading their own photos online.

“The sky’s the limit when it comes to sourcing from the public,” says Jim Meredith from Double Band films, one of the organisers of the exhibition. “You have the opportunity to upload an image which says what Belfast means to you.”

These include pictures of the people of the city, its iconic buildings as well as the new RISE sculpture at Broadway roundabout, already jokingly nicknamed ‘The Balls on the Falls’.

The exhibition is also being organised under the auspices of Channel 4 as a way of showcasing new photographic and film talent from Northern Ireland.

“They wanted to give it a platform,” says Jim. “They believe it should be the start of something quite exciting and innovative.”

But ultimately perhaps the exhibition is about holding a mirror up to a city which is in transformation.

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“I think people who live in Belfast will be able to see what the creative talent think of their city,” says Jim. “The images look at what Belfast is now, in all its diversity going into a new decade.”

Matthew McCreary

  • Belfast Now, October 17-30, City Hall

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