First Friday Changemakers - 'Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls' - RSA

First Friday Changemakers - 'Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls'

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Inspired by the RSA’s history as a social improvement organisation dating back over 250 years, our new First Friday Changemakers series offers an interactive space to share and develop ideas for social change.

In Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls, Vicky Cosstick tells the story of Belfast's 100 sectarian walls and interfaces, now the last in Europe, which remain 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. She asks for how much longer these physical signs and symbols of sectarianism and the Troubles will disfigure the cityscape.

The walls are important as both memorials to the conflict and a reminder of the unfinished nature of the peace process; however, in May 2013, the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland made a commitment to bring them down by 2023.

This book tells the compelling stories of the complex network of people - different communities and agencies that are involved in maintaining peace at the interfaces and working towards a city without walls, and draws an intricate picture of how peace is being worked out in the current life of the city.

Join us on the first Friday of the month for an informal talk from one of our guest speakers, followed by a chance to discuss the topic of the day or anything else on your mind, in small breakout rooms. We start at 2pm and we’ll be finished by 2.45pm, allowing you to enjoy your Friday afternoon with inspiring speakers and interesting colleagues.

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