Past Festivals

2017 Festival

Our Wounded & Wonderful City

2017 Festival Events

Friday 3rd Feb 10:30am |  Venue Ulster University, Belfast. (Invitation only)

Different Dreams

80 year 10 pupils who may not be considering third level education as a choice will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the wonders of Ulster University’s Belfast campus on York Street.  The pupils will have an opportunity to take part in three workshops including Basic skills in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, A future in Gaming, Introduction to Basic First Aid, Smart Phone Photography, Ceramics – the art of clay and Creative Movement – a pathway to Acting. The event will hopefully make young people realise there are different paths available.

Friday 3rd Feb 8:00pm |  Venue Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street BT7.

Iain Archer in Concert and Conversation.

Bangor born songwriter, producer and performer Iain Archer has two Ivor Novello songwriting awards and a Grammy nomination for co-writing ‘Hold Back The River’ with James Bay. The themes of place, particularly Northern Ireland, and transformation are at the heart of his work. This evening will be in two halves. Iain will talk to Steve Stockman about his songwriting and the sense of the wounds and wonder in his work. The second half will be Iain Archer in concert.

Saturday 4th Feb 2:00pm | Venue West Belfast (Meet at Clonard Monastery, 1 Clonard Gardens BT13)

A Wonderful Wander.

Take a wonderful wander along the often wounded spine of the Shankill and Falls Roads, stopping off along the way to hear some stories to inspire the soul. The walk will take approximately 3 hours and be led by local poet Jim Deeds.

Saturday 4th February 8:00pm |  Venue St Colmcilles, Ballyhackamore. 191 Upper Newtonards Road BT4

Derek and Dave – In Search of a Bench

Derek and Dave are out for their usual walk around the park but this time something’s different; Jesus has just made his triumphant entry into Belfast, rather than Jerusalem, with a huge crowd gathered and now the place is a mess! As they journey through the park looking for a decent spot to sit, they observe, pass judgement and allow us to catch a glimpse of the wounded and wonderful. This is a drama event aimed at Youth/ Young Adults and will be performed by Play it by Ear!

Sunday 5th February 7:00pm | Venue St Theresa’s 135 Glen Road, BT11

Healing a Wounded City

In the annual Theological Lecture of the Festival, former Presbyterian Moderator Rev Dr Trevor Morrow and Brian McKee will reflect on some Biblical examples of healing – physical, emotional, spiritual and social and consider how that speaks into post ceasefire Belfast. Worship will be led by Chris Blake.

Monday 6th February 6:00pm | Venue Belfast City Hall. (Invitation Only)

Caring for Carers Festival Banquet

This year’s banquet will honour and give thanks for those who care for a family member or friend due to illness, frailty or disability. The Feast, in its fourth year, is organised in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Office and is held in Belfast City Hall. It is catered by Root Soup, a Social Enterprise of L’Arche Belfast, which aims to break down barriers and promote social inclusion by providing culinary training. This event is invitation only but we welcome donations to cover the cost of the meals. Gifts can be made online at

Tuesday 7th Feb 7:30pm | Venue Grosvenor Hall, 5 Glengall St BT12

Harmony and Healing

Coinciding with the annual United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week and in partnership with the NI Interfaith Forum, this evening of encounter in music, song and story will bring together people of different faiths – Islam, Judaism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity – from Belfast and beyond to celebrate our gifts for each other while kindling new friendships.

Wednesday Feb 8th 7:30pm | Venue Holy Family Parish Church, 226 Limestone Road BT15


All around us in Belfast are people carrying wounds from The Troubles. Can there be healing? How might you find it? Paul Gallagher, Joe McKeown, John Martin and Mary Moreland all lost loved ones or were injured during our conflict. Tonight, they share the story of their own journeys towards healing. The session will be facilitated by UTV journalist Judith Hill and there will be music from songwriter Dave Thompson.

Thursday Feb 9th 4:00pm | Venue Senate Room, Lanyon Building, Queens University 

Ministry on a Wounded and Wonderful Island – Invitation Only

Seminarians and young ministers will be invited to an event centred on receiving inspiration and prayer from clergy and retired clergy who have made peacebuilding and reconciliation central to their ministry. The aim is to encourage those in the early stages of their careers to prioritise reconciliation, learning from the examples of those who have gone before them. The event also will enable them to meet with their counterparts from other denominations in an informal setting, laying the groundwork for future collaborative relationships. The event will be facilitated by former Methodist President Rev Heather Morris, Former Presbyterian Moderator Rev Norman Hamilton, Retired Bishop Trevor Williams and Father Damian McCaughan.

This event is hosted by the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. 

Thursday Feb 9th 7:30pm | Venue First Presbyterian Church (Rosemary Street)

I Am Belfast – Film Screening (Cert 15)  

I Am Belfast sees celebrated filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins (6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia, Here Be Dragons) cast his painterly eye on his home town of Belfast. Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and with a powerful soundtrack by the great Northern Irish DJ and composer David Holmes, Cousins’ film takes viewers on an emotional journey through the complex and sometimes tragic history of the Northern Irish capital, embodied as a 10,000 year-old woman, compellingly portrayed by Helena Bereen (Hunger, Mo). Interspersing archive material (often detailing the horrors of the Troubles) and newly-filmed footage, I Am Belfast is an impassioned and politically engaged love letter to Cousins’ hometown. We will be joined at the screening by the film’s producer Lisa Barros D’Sa who will do a Q+A after the screening.

Friday 10th Feb 7:30pm | Venue Agape Centre 238 Lisburn Road BT9



Colin Davidson’s Silent Testimony was visited by over 80,000 people at the Ulster Museum. His 18 portraits representing those touched by the worst horrors of the conflict years are not just a reflection on the past but tell the stories of continued suffering –  unhealed hurts that are the wounds of the present. Recently his paintings of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll have placed his work on a world stage. In conversation with journalist and writer Brian Rowan, Davidson will reflect on the Silent Testimony exhibition – not painting what people should think but, instead, creating a safe space that allows those who view the portraits to think for themselves.

Saturday Feb 11th 7:30pm | Venue The Hub 22 Elmwood Avenue BT9


An evening of poetry, prose and song. The novelist Jan Carson, poet Jim Deeds and musician’s Na Leanaí Sands will perform their art, looking at the theme of the festival.

Sunday Feb 12th 10:00am | Venue Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street BT7.

Radio Ulster Morning Service

The 4 Corners Festival Church Service with Rev Steve Stockman and Father Martin Magill will be broadcast live on Radio Ulster from 10:15. All are welcome to join the congregation. Please be seated by 10:00am.

Sunday Feb 12th 7:00pm | Venue Skainos Centre, 241 Newtonards Road BT4.

The Healing Has Begun

The closing evening will take us out of the festival and ask where we go from here. Different contributors will challenge, inspire and encourage us to live a life of healing into the soul of Our Wounded and Wonderful City. Padraig O’Tuama, David Campton and Steve Stockman and another will keep it short and sharp with words and there will of course be music.

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