Food for Thought as New Eastside Arts Programme is Launched

Food for Thought as New Eastside Arts Programme is Launched

An intercultural arts programme exploring the theme of food and its role in different communities has been launched in east Belfast. The HOME Project 2: Food for Thought, a collaboration between EastSide Arts and intercultural theatre company Terra Nova Productions, follows the successful HOME project which, earlier this year, featured sold-out theatre, music and dance performances at the Crescent Arts Centre based around the question “What does home mean to you?”

The HOME Project 2: Food for Thought is a four-month programme which will give four emerging artists involved in performance and visual art the opportunity to engage with four local community groups to develop new artwork based on the theme of food.

This project is funded by Belfast City Council Good Relations unit and the Executive Office Central Good Relations.

Through mentoring, masterclasses and workshops the artists will create or display a new piece of intercultural art, inspired by the stories, lives and experiences of the community groups.  The performances will be showcased in March 2018 to an invited audience and will include homemade food and a post-show discussion.

Jacqueline O’Hagan, Community Arts Co-ordinator from EastSide Arts said:

“ We are delighted to launch The HOME Project 2: Food For Thought in collaboration with Terra Nova Productions. The success and sell-out of The HOME project created an opportunity for a range of indigenous and new communities living and working in east Belfast to express their culture and heritage through arts as well as develop skills to help break down barriers and engage in a creative way.  The HOME Project 2: Food For Thought will very much continue with this ethos. We look forward to watching the journey of the 4 artists as they work with the community groups to develop their performances for the showcase in March.”

Director of Terra Nova Productions, Andrea Montgomery added:

“ The HOME Project 2: Food For Thought is a very exciting collaboration with EastSide Arts. Building on The HOME project we have yet another fantastic opportunity to provide discussion and debate issues affecting everyone within the diverse and intercultural communities living and working in east Belfast.  Through mentoring, workshops and masterclasses each artist will have the opportunity to create engaging and accessible platforms to explore the theme of food with each of the local community groups. We envision that the outcomes will be fascinating, thought provoking and utterly engrossing.”

For further information on EastSide Arts and The HOME Project 2: Food for Thought visit www.eastsidearts.net.

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