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
We kick off our seventh 4 Corners Festival with ‘Game of Three Halves’ in which young people between 8 and 16 from all parts of Belfast come together on integrated teams to play GAA, soccer, rugby and other sports such as basketball. The event is inspired by and modelled …Read More »
Barbara Dass presents a body of artwork driven by wanderlust for the nooks and crannies of her beloved Belfast. The images, mainly of crosses, began to be imagined during Belfast’s Passion Walk on Good Friday 2016 when Dass, along with walkers from diverse communities of faith journeyed through the streets …Read More »
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 »
How does it fit in with everything else? Professor Robert D. Enright, arguably the world’s foremost expert in forgiveness education, will engage with an audience of school principals, heads of pastoral care, RE teachers, governors and interested others around the theme of ‘Giving the gift of forgiveness to our students’. …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 unique bus tour offers you the opportunity to hear about peacebuilding that has taken place quietly and patiently away from the glare of media attention in the four corners of Belfast over the past 50 years. Your host, Dr Emily Stanton, who has considerable experience both in research and …Read More »
‘Beneath the Harp and Crown’, a play by historian and dramatist Philip Orr, addresses the impact on a security force family of the violence they experienced during the Troubles. It begins when a veteran of the Ulster Defence Regiment reveals that he has just received a letter from the sister …Read More »
A “live” ecumenical service broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. The preacher is Fr Gregory Boyle SJ, author of several books including Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship and Tattoos of the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Music and singing by Rev Kiran Young Wimberley and The McGrath Family. This …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 countless men and women who have been caught up in gang …Read More »
Play it by Ear, a Christian drama company, will be delivering workshops on forgiveness as a life skill over these three days in eight primary schools, involving a total of 48 pupils from across Belfast. The project is based on materials provided by the International Forgiveness Institute. The company and …Read More »
Young clergy, seminarians, and Queen’s students (on the MRes in Theology & MA in Conflict Transformation & Social Justice) will be invited to a lunchtime event for more in-depth discussion on the previous evening’s keynote by Fr Gregory Boyle. They will be required to attend that event in the Skainos …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 »
For twenty-five years Brian Houston has been writing songs about Belfast, love, God and justice. Tonight, Steve Stockman will be digging deep into Brian’s catalogue, chatting to him about the themes therein and asking Brian to perform them. Expect an evening of emotion and spirituality, inspiration and hope.Read More »
Two Christian leaders from Northern Ireland, Rev Dr Lesley Carroll and Derek Poole, who have both visited Rwanda, will share with the audience their impressions of how Churches there responded to the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Carroll will draw on her meetings with victims, survivors and Church leaders and …Read More »
This is a family show created by Play it by Ear, a Christian drama company and pupils from eight primary schools across Belfast which looks at what it means to forgive- for both the forgiven and the forgiver. There will be plenty of silliness, lots of laughs and hopefully moments …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 »
Join us for a three-hour wonderful wander from West to North Belfast, affording some of the most breath-taking views of our city. Beginning in Ballymurphy, we will walk up the Whiterock Road toward the mountain towering above Belfast. At the top of the Whiterock we will take the Mountain Loney, …Read More »
A beautiful eclectic choral and orchestral concert in St Peter’s Cathedral, with stories and music about grace and forgiveness. The music will range from classical choral works to popular songs on the theme of forgiveness. New Irish Choir and Orchestra is part of New Irish Arts, a diverse Christian charity …Read More »
On the last night of the 4 Corners Festival 2019 we look back at the theme of the Festival, Scandalous Forgiveness, and ask ourselves what we should do with what we have heard over the past 12 days. What should we do about this word forgiveness? How can we …Read More »