The Four Corners Festival is drawing to a close in Belfast. The focus this year has been on telling, and listening to, stories.
The final events in the 2014 festival are as follows:
JANUARY 31st @ 8:30pm – WORSHIP IN THE WEST: “THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE”
with 24/7 WEST BELFAST in ST OLIVER PLUNKETT PARISH CHURCH, Glenveagh Drive
Come join us to worship in West Belfast as we get noisy in praise. We will have a cross–denominational worship band and people from different church backgrounds (and none!) leading us in prayer for issues affecting the West and wider City.
Tea and coffee from 8:15pm.
FEBRUARY 1st @8:30am & 10:30am – “PEACE” WALL PRAYERS – IS CHRIST DIVIDED?
in BELFAST CITY HALL and other locations across BELFAST
Belfast City Hall is shared space in our city, but even it has become a focal point of division in recent times. This simple act of unified prayer will be symbolic of our desire in the heart of our city for unity and peace. You are encouraged to gather in front of the City Hall at 8.30am to pray for our city. This will be a chance to encounter people from all over Belfast and, at an appropriate time, join them in saying aloud the prayer for Belfast as produced by the Belfast City Council.
From there we make our way to our own area of the city for 10.30am (this means there’s time for a coffee in the city centre to support the local traders before making your way to the prayer in your part of the city.)
Belfast is a city with many walls. ‘Peace’ walls divide the community in different parts of the city. There are other walls too. Division, intolerance and prejudice divide people one from another, not just in religion or politics, but also in areas of nationality and race. This part of the event involves us confronting these divisions by being present there and praying for a society which does not need such division.
There will be a location in each area of the city for people to congregate:
• North Belfast: ‘Peace’ wall in Duncairn Gardens beside The Lighthouse Project
• South Belfast: The International Meeting Point in 133 Lisburn Road
• West Belfast: ‘Peace’ Wall in Workman Avenue close to Springfield Road Methodist Church
• East Belfast: Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road
FEBRUARY 1st @8pm – WHERE THERE ARE STORIES THERE ARE SONGS (AND POEMS)
with ANTHONY TONER, DAVE THOMPSON and EL GRUER in 174 TRUST, Antrim Road
“Where there are people there are stories, Where there are stories there are songs, where there are songs there are people searching, For where they belong”
This year’s 4 Corners Festival emphasizes story telling – and more importantly, in our Belfast situation, listening to stories. To conclude the festival we are delighted to have two songwriters (Anthony Toner and Dave Thompson) and a poet (El Gruer) who tell stories both subjective and objective. Tonight they will talk about how stories and place have influenced their work and perform some of those songs and poems.
For further information, please visit http://www.4cornersfestival.com/