Last evening City Hall was filled with the sounds of teenagers. For the third year running, the 4 Corners Festival along with the Lord Mayor’s Office and caterer Root Soup hosted a special banquet for a particular community in Belfast.

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This year’s feast was in partnership with the Belfast Interface Project and saw nearly 70 young people gather in city hall to enjoy a meal together. After a brief time of music and photo opportunities with the Lord Mayor Arder Carson, the guests were seated. The Lord Mayor welcomed the group and Reverend Bill Shaw shared a prayer of thanksgiving.

The purpose of the evening was simply to recognise and celebrate the great work being done by community groups that strive to build relational bridges at interfaces throughout Belfast with a particular emphasis on youth.

“My hope is that by hosting this event I can say ‘ thank you’ to all who are helping make Belfast a city at peace with itself and working towards mutual understanding and reconciliation,” Cllr Carson added.

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Those attending the feast included representatives from Ardoyne & Hammer (Shankill) youth clubs, Short Strand Community Forum, Duncairn Partnership, Clonard Monastery Youth Centre, Black Mountain Shared Space, Charter NI, and Cromac Regeneration Initiative.

You can read more about the event here. Find out more about the festival’s programme by clicking here.

Words by Jenna Silverman Wilson

IMG_9192R City Youth CIC enjoy a selfie moment after dinner!