The Belfast Edge

The Belfast Edge

October 24, 2017

From Dingle to Belfast 28th October 2017

This special half day conference looks at the role and the potential impact of creativity in building a better and brighter Belfast for all. Having staged the hugely succesful Ireland's Edge in Dingle last December, we are delighted to bring the conversation to Belfast, engaging in a high energy discourse around creativity, culture, technology and education.


There are a limited number of free tickets available. Register here.


For those who cannot attend, The Belfast Edge will also be streamed live on Facebook.

Hosted in the beautiful Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in the heart of the city, the Belfast Edge begins at 10.00 am with an introduction by Other Voices founder Philip King and the 174 Trust Director, Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw OBE.

The conversation continues with 'Creativity, Community and Investment - The Belfast Agenda', taking place at 10.10 am. Lisa Toland, Head of Economic Initiatives and International Development at Belfast City Council, Peter Edgar, Head of Growth at digital innovation firm Dawson Andrews and Patricia Flanagan, Creative Thinking Facilitator and founder of Rejig, will join moderator Conor Houston for this talk along with Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw OBE.

This will be followed with a performance by Belfast singer-songwriter Katherine Philippa. Known for her searing, earnest songs, her music is informed by a love of electronica and soul, charged with an intense spirit.

Katharine Philippa - Wake Up O Sleeper featuring the Ulster Orchestra

Our next talk begins at 11.45 am and focuses on 'Feeling The Future - Building A Creative Belfast, Where To From Here?' Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA’s International Committee, will moderate this discussion with esteemed contributors, including Hilary Copeland, General Manager of the John Hewitt Society, Professor Paul Moore, Head Of Communication and Media at Ulster University, and Digital DNA founder Gareth Quinn.

Derry musician Rosborough provides accompaniment, showcasing his blues inspired songwriting and intense raw vocal.

Rosborough - Burn Blue

Video of Rosborough - Burn Blue

Belfast’s musical heritage will be the talking point for the final panel at 14.00 pm, titled 'Sounds Of The City - From My Lagan Love To Cypress Avenue And Beyond'. This talk will include the BBC’s Rigsy, folk piper Jarlath Henderson, Champion Sound Music Management and Quiet Arch label owner Lyndon Stephens, electronic artist Ryan Vail, with Other Voices founder Philip King as moderator.

Jarlath Henderson provides a performance following the discussion. The youngest ever winner of the BBC Folk Award, back in 2003, the Tyrone-born multi instrumentalist is renowned for his extraordinary prowess on uillean pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist.

Jarlath Henderson - Courting is a pleasure