Belfast City Council launches community places competitopm

Belfast City Council launches community places competition

AS part of its Belfast 400 commemorations, Belfast City Council is running a competition for community groups from anywhere in the city.

Our Belfast Places competition gives groups the chance to tell the story of their local neighbourhood in whatever way they choose.

In 2013, the council is marking the 400th anniversary of the charter which created the predecessor of the current council, although the history of Belfast and the people who have lived here dates back much further than this.

Through the Belfast Places competition, the council will help groups tell some of the stories of local neighbourhoods and showcase the different elements that make Belfast such a fascinating place.

“Your group can consider different ways to tell your story. We’ll select five winners, one to represent each of the following areas,” says the council.

These are:

• north Belfast

• south Belfast

• east Belfast

• west Belfast

• greater Shankill

“If you’re successful, we’ll appoint a mentor to your group who will help you develop your proposal. We’ll showcase all five winning entries at Titanic Belfast in autumn 2013,” adds the council.

“We’re looking for proposals from community groups based in the Belfast City Council area which propose innovative ways to tell the story of their neighbourhood.

“Places should be local; small specific areas that the group has a strong link and connection with rather than large districts such as west Belfast or east Belfast.

“And competition entries should cover significant periods of time, rather than concentrating on specific events or limited time frames.”

To enter the Belfast Places competition, complete the entry form and return it by 4pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

Entries should include details of:

• your proposed storytelling method

• the connection that your group has to your place

• how you will gather, organise and keep the information

• how you propose to present the information to both local people and a wider Belfast audience

• how you will collect, organise and keep the evidence used to support your story.

Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:

• originality of proposal: how your group will present the story to the widest possible audience, as well as to local stakeholders

• evidence of connection between the group and the place

• commitment to telling as much of the place story as possible

• methodology for collecting, organising and keeping evidence to develop and support the story

• legacy: how you plan to preserve the information and make it available after 2013.#

Login into the Belfast City Council website and fill in the form which should be should return by email to or by post to:

Robert Heslip, Culture and Heritage Officer,

Development Department

Belfast City Council

Cecil Ward Building

4-10 Linenhall Street




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