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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill

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Introduction to Beat Carnival and the Shankill Arts Map project-

Shankill Arts Map Beat Carnival has been committed to the development and delivery of Community Arts in Belfast for over 22 years.

A project to form as comprehensive a picture as possible of arts activities that happen in the Shankill area now – and to start to capture ideas that people have about what could happen in the future. The long-term goal is to increase neighbourhood collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts activities in Greater Shankill.

Beat Carnival

is Northern Ireland's Carnival Arts company. Since producing its first carnival parades in 1995, Beat has been encouraging the City to think big about celebrating community life in ways that are ambitious and welcoming to all. Beat Carnival creates spectacular carnival events with a large scale of community participation. Beat began in East Belfast as The Beat Initiative, establishing an East Belfast Arts Centre in the former YMCA on the Albertbridge Road in 1993. From there, Beat created the first Belfast Carnival Parade in 1995. When the YMCA sold the building, Beat moved to a warehouse site behind Pitt Park at Ballymacarrett. One of the big, new projects initiated there was the annual East Belfast Lantern Parade, in 2003. In October 2008 Beat moved across the City and launched the Beat Carnival Centre in Brown Square, BT13. Artists create a wide range of carnival artwork there. Workshops and training programmes – from drumming to costume, dance to puppetry – are provided all year round, free of charge to participants. Every year Beat Carnival engages thousands of children, young people and adults in over 600 carnival arts activity workshops. Beat creates five, large-scale, outdoor events annually and around 35 smaller performances. The events attract over 250,000 audience. Beat Carnival Centre is highly regarded internationally and people have come to work with us from across UK, Ireland, Europe and from Brazil.

Making the Shankill Arts Map

• We invited people to participate in this project during February and March 2016. We said we wanted to speak with people in Greater Shankill who have any interest in arts and creativity, to ask about what is happening now and what people would like to see here in the future. • We offered arts workshops to groups, where we discussed those questions and made artwork to be part of a Shankill Arts Map display. Workshop sessions took place at groups’ own meeting places. Beat Carnival provided artists to run the sessions. • Questionnaires were used at group sessions and emailed to collect information. • If workshop sessions didn’t suit, we said we would still like to meet the group to discuss questions and maybe capture some of their own work in photos for the final Shankill Arts Map display.

Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Profile for Beat Carnival

Shankil Arts Map - Project Report  

Greater Shankill arts mapping exercise undertaken by Beat Carnival through a programme of creative arts and community consultation over Febr...

Shankil Arts Map - Project Report  

Greater Shankill arts mapping exercise undertaken by Beat Carnival through a programme of creative arts and community consultation over Febr...

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