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This March we are excited to welcome Imagine Festival as they bring to The Crescent a whole host of events.
The demographics of Belfast have changed over many decades to create a more plural city that is no longer dominated by any single community. To reflect this Belfast City Council has shown, through its reimagining of Belfast City Hall, that public space can be reshaped to speak to all its citizens. What was quite remarkable was that this transformation was achieved with full political agreement from all the parties on Council.
Paul Mullan will discuss his research which looked at Belfast City Hall as well as the wider work of the National Lottery Heritage Fund during the Decade of Centenaries to reflect the challenge of how we remember the past in a divided society. He will argue that a better understanding of the past is essential to moving society forward. Consequently, the process of remembering better, or remembering honestly, is vital for the health of any democratic society.