Holylands Belfast

Holylands Belfast

The Spring Gathering Festival, which is being co-ordinated by the South Belfast Partnership Board will enable families to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the story of St Patrick as a refugee, highlighting the Holyland as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse places in Northern Ireland.

The Partnership has been working closely with local community associations from Holyland, Botanic and College Park Avenue and with churches in the area to make the festival a success. The plan is that this festival will grow over the years to become the main St Patrick’s Day event in the area.

Brid Ruddy of College Park Avenue Residents Association said the idea was to create a safe space for people to celebrate the annual festival of Ireland’s patron saint.

“We welcome visitors from across the city to join our family friendly festival. We will be celebrating the many positive aspects our community in the Holyland area has to offer.”

The Spring Gathering will include music, dance, storytelling, food displays and children’s activities, including traditional street games. Attractions include a Chinese Dragon Dance, a Street Sports and Global Roots Music from a Marquee on Rugby Road. There will also be a communal lunch and workshops on seed planting, upcycling and healthy food.

The Union Theological College in Botanic Avenue, site of the first Northern Ireland Parliament pre-Stormont, will be open during the day for heritage tours conducted by eminent historian Dr Eamon Phoenix. It is the first time the college has been open to the general public.

Local churches Fitzroy Presbyterian and Iglesias ni Christo will also have a series of family events taking place and will serve refreshments to visitors. Queen’s University Belfast has provided support including free use of its facilities for meetings.

Briege Arthurs, CEO of South Belfast Partnership Board, said the purpose of the festival was to reawaken the community spirit and reflect the lives of the many different people living in the area.

“As a vehicle for regeneration in South Belfast our ultimate aim is to bring about positive changes and attract more families back into the area. We want to rebuild the community and create a better social mix of people living here to benefit the whole city.”

For more details about the Holyland Spring Gathering go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/401302593565574/

 

Friday 17th March 12-4pm – Free Family event
Rugby Road, Queen’s Quarter
Communal lunch 1pm
Theological College heritage tour w/ Dr Eamon Phoenix
Global roots music and traditional dance – storytelling sessions – healthy living and food waste cooking demos – Plot to Plate workshop – Upcycling crafts – children’s street games – rope making workshop

12PM: Opening & Dragon Dance, Rugby Road

12-4PM: Rope making workshop, Rugby Road

12-4PM: Traditional children’s games workshop, Rugby Road

12-4PM: Children’s Activities, Fitzroy Presbyterian Church

12:15-2PM: Plot to Plate seed planting workshop, Workshop Marquee
Come and get your hands dirty with The Conservation Volunteers. Explore the journey from your vegetable plot to your table. Seeds and pots will be supplied.

12:15-1PM: Circus Workshop, Music Marquee
Circus workshop for all ages. Get active!

12:15-2PM: Upcycling craft workshop, Workshop Marquee
Visit Belfast City Council’s Waste Management department who will have help and advice on recycling as well as providing a craft workshop reusing recyclable materials and a Love Food Hate Waste demonstration with free tasting!

1-2PM: Healthy cooking workshop and Communal lunch, Workshop Marquee
The Conservation Volunteers will demonstrate how your produce can be turned into simple healthy dishes. Taster lunch will be provided. First come first serve.

1:15-2PM: Roma music session, Music Marquee

1-2PM: Street Sports, Rugby Road

2-2:15PM: Dragon Dance, Rugby Road

2-3PM: Heritage tour and talk, Union Theological College. Meeting point: Music Marquee
Max 20 per tour, first come first serve. Meeting point: At Music Marquee, Rugby Road/University Avenue junction

2:15-2:45PM: A Story of Journeys storytelling session, Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
Nandi Jola is a poet, equality officer and activist. She has had published in a number of journals and anthologies. Nandi will be telling real tales of journeys and migration, weaving the story of St Patrick with that of contemporary migrants and refugees.

2:15-4PM: Traditional music and singing session, Music Marquee

2:30-4PM: Love Food Hate Waste demonstration, Workshop Marquee
Visit Belfast City Council’s Waste Management department who will have help and advice on recycling as well as providing a craft workshop reusing recyclable materials and a Love Food Hate Waste demonstration with free tasting!

3-4PM: Heritage tour and talk, Union Theological College. Meeting point: Music Marquee

3:30-4PM: A Story of Journeys storytelling session, Fitzroy Presbyterian Church