Each March we organise a week-long series of events aimed at engaging people in political/cultural discussion and debate in the broadest sense. The festival seeks to cover a wide spectrum of issues including, but certainly not limited to, mainstream political debate.
The festival is a registered charity (NIC101004) organised by a team of volunteers with no major administration costs. The inaugural event was held in March 2015. The majority of the events in our festival are proposed as part of a public call for proposals conducted every October. Last year we received 90 event proposals from groups and members of the public – the vast majority we were able to support. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this submission process.
We are not aligned with any political party or particular interest group. Although initially based in Belfast, we would like to extend the festival to other parts of Northern Ireland. We don’t receive corporate funding: instead we are supported by our partners and individual donations – so please feel generous!
Participation in the festival is open to all and while the main debates will not be party-political, groups and individuals are encouraged to debate those ‘difficult’ and contentious issues that normally don’t air in public discussion. We are keen to hear from people who are interested in politics / culture and we welcome suggestions for speakers and subjects no matter how controversial.
The festival is administered by Imagine! Belfast in association with various event organisers and venues. The views expressed by speakers and participants in the festival do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policy positions of Imagine! Belfast, the festival funders or associates. In particular, we receive support from the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council which aims to promote a pluralist society characterised by equity, respect for diversity, and recognition of interdependence. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Community Relations Council.