Time to sit on ‘love benches’ and reflect on #YourBelfast

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Love is in the Belfast air with newly-installed ‘love benches’ at Castle Place for people to take a minute to sit and reflect on everything they love about #YourBelfast and snap a selfie.

Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey said: “Council has made significant investment in environmental improvements in the city centre including the addition of outdoor seating, planters, enhanced street lighting, and temporary greening of pedestrianised areas – all with the aim of improving the landscape while work continues on the Bank Buildings site.

“It’s important that we take this opportunity to reimagine our city centre and as we look ahead to the longer-term recovery and regeneration of this part of the city centre in particular, we have the opportunity to trial new ideas and think about how our city centre and public spaces are used.

“With that in mind, council is currently developing exciting plans for a temporary pop-up park at Castle Place which will be open in time for spring.

“In developing these plans, we have looked to other cities for best practice and I think this presents Belfast City Council with a real opportunity to pilot these kinds of projects, and test the public’s appetite for them.”

The ‘love benches’ will be in place until Monday, February 18.

Cafes across Belfast will host a free mini-festival over the half term holidays from February 18-22.

The Creative Cafes programme includes a visit to the Mad Hatters Tea Party – hosted by the award-winning theatre company C21 – a trip around the world with ArtsEtka exploring the arts and culture of other countries; as well as a chance to make your own animated adventure using Lego with the Cando Academy, and some silly scientific fun with the Institute of Physics and Science Stars. More details can be found at: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/yourbelfast

Ms Hargey added: “This is a great family-friendly initiative which council is pleased to support as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Belfast retailers, and driving footfall to parts of the city that have been most impacted by the fire at Bank Buildings.

“Our local arts and cultural sector has been key to reinvigorating our city centre spaces over this last number of months, and this is going to be a really fun initiative for the young and young at heart over half-term break.”

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