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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lonely Artist Takes To The Streets

An artist who got fed up and lonely in his studio decided to sit on the streets and paint market traders instead. Brian Ballard began painting the characters he saw in St George’s Market and has now become a regular fixture in the area. He gives the paintings to the traders when they are finished.

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Superhero Fights Litter Laziness

A superhero is being flown into the city of Belfast to help beat littering, after a council survey found young people drop rubbish because they are too lazy to find a bin. The poll, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Belfast City Council, had surprising results. It found that 48 per cent of those surveyed said they dropped litter because of laziness. It found that 16-29-year-olds were the most likely people to drop litter (67 per cent), while the …

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Sculpture will RISE

A giant piece of artwork is set to dominate the skyline in Belfast when it is completed in the summer. The RISE sculpture will be the biggest piece of artwork ever commissioned in Northern Ireland and will tower 37.5 metres – or 123 feet – above the city’s Broadway roundabout. The sculpture, by the Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress, is made up of two globes, one inside the other, cast in silver and white steel. The piece is designed to symbolize …

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Music Tour Is Award Winner

The Belfast Music Tour has been named as one of the top ten must see attractions in the UK by official tourism website VisitBritain. The Belfast City Council-backed tour is a bus trip around the city’s musical landmarks. It celebrates the rock and roll history of Belfast – from Them and Van Morrison to Snow Patrol. Music fans start the tour by looking at the hall of fame in the Spring and Airbrake live venue. As the bus continues, tourists …

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