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Roundtable: ‘Community Music in Belfast’

In Intercomm 290-292 Antrim Road, Belfast

Reception 6.30pm, Starts at 7pm

Free event

We invite you to a panel discussion focussing specifically on the hidden tradition of fiddle playing and dancing in county Down and the flute band tradition in Belfast.

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of 5 partnerships to deliver Belfast City Council’s Animating Belfast project (Belfast Arts Weekenders).

Our partnership consists of The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Peace and Reconciliation organisation, Intercomm and traditional musician and academic Dr Conor Caldwell.

As part of this programme we are hosting two important discussions around cultural collaboration and diversity.

 This panel focusses on traditional and indigenous music; in terms of history, diversity, impact and reach.

The panel, chaired by Dr Caldwell, consists of Nigel Boullier, author of the ground-breaking book HANDED DOWN and noted ethnomusicologist Dr Gordon Ramsey, whose research centres around the role of flute bands in contemporary Belfast society. Discussion from the floor will be widely encouraged and it is hope that some of themes to be explored include:

·         Belfast as a centre for traditional, old-time, country and contemporary music practices

·         The role of community organisations in the promotion of music in the city and beyond

·         Cross-currents between forms of traditional music making in Belfast today

This open, public event will include invited guests from local Belfast arts organisation, communities working on breaking down divisions and promoting reconciliation and church-based organisations.