Welcome to the 4 Corners Festival 2019!

30 January – 10 February 2019.
The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across the city to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all. It consists of innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, and new friends.

Join us as we celebrate our city through music, prayer, storytelling, discussion, and more.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Scandalous Forgiveness’.

2019 Festival Events

Sixth form students from post primary schools in all four corners of Belfast congregate to deliberate on the issue of forgiveness. The pupils will participate in an hour-long workshop conducted by academic Hedley Abernethy of Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute in which they will wrestle with the question – if …Read More »
A family event about the scandal of forgiveness in these classic children’s stories This special family event transports children and their families into the magical world of Narnia. It will help the audience think about the story of C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ in new ways. …Read More »
This is the moment when we give a warm Belfast welcome to our festival keynote speaker, Fr Gregory Boyle, SJ, whose forbears left Dunloy, Co. Antrim several generations ago.  Drawing on his  experience over three decades of working with hundreds  of thousands of  men and women who have been caught …Read More »
Heaney’s masterful retelling of Sophocles “Philoctetes” was originally staged at a time when Great Victoria Street, including the Europa Hotel, was a target for repeated bombings. It explores how someone wounded and left behind may hold the key to ending the conflict, and despite being repeatedly quoted at key times …Read More »
Fr Gregory Boyle SJ, the Catholic priest from Los Angeles who has dedicated half his life to addressing gang culture through compassion and “radical kinship,” is the principal contributor to a unique seminar that will seek solutions to similar behaviour here, inquiring where forgiveness might have its place.   He …Read More »
Ten days in and with the working week drawing to a close this is a golden opportunity for those who have been to 4 Corner Festival events to come along to discuss with the Committee and some prominent festival speakers their impressions so far. What angles to the ‘Scandalous Forgiveness’ …Read More »
 This one-hour film documentary produced by Youth with a Mission Ireland director Jonny Clark and English film-maker Josh Eaves of Global Fire Creative uses stories of courage and compassion from the Troubles to make a powerful plea for peace and reconciliation.    The film’s title, Guardians of the Flame comes …Read More »