CORNERS participants

23 artists from across Europe take part in the Corners Showcase at Belfast Festival

Seven artists from Northern Ireland will collaborate with sixteen other artists from across Europe to present a series of nine free projects and events as part of the Corners Showcase at the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Running from 5 October until 24 October, the Corners Showcase's events include a radio play exploring life in prison; artists residencies at a school working on a series of art filled birdhouses and at the Belfast Telegraph newspaper office; and a new participatory, outdoor theatre work themed around windows. Online audiences will be able to connect with the projects on CORNERS Live as they unfold at the festival, including two new Corners Stories which will be recorded and broadcast live alongside interviews, recordings and images from the projects.

Corners is a Creative Europe-supported Cooperation Project that received a grant of €1,283,000 in 2014 to create a platform for artists and audiences, designed and driven by cultural organisations at the fringes of Europe, linking cities, including Belfast, and artists in collaborative, international, multi-disciplinary projects. Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Isis Arts are the two UK-based partners in Corners. All nine Corners projects can be found on the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival website

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “This European initiative supported by the Arts Council has provided a brilliant opportunity for our artists to exchange ideas, collaborate across art forms and tell stories from the corners of Europe. These are stories which give voice to more marginalized groups in our society - children, homeless people, prisoners - but they are stories which connect us across cultures through multidisciplinary art.”

Richard Wakely, Director, Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival, added: “We are delighted and honoured to host a selection of these collaborative and inter-disciplinary projects and artistic residencies from around Europe in our inaugural Festival. Audiences not only have an opportunity to experience and witness innovative new work from a new generation of European artists that crosses different artistic disciplines but will also have an opportunity in many cases to directly interact with the artists and participate in the projects."

Photo: Participants of Corners