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174 Trust /The Duncairn

The Duncairn

Belfast, United Kingdom

174 Trust is a community development and peacebuilding facility based in Inner City North Belfast. The Trust has worked at building cross-community/cross-cultural projects and relationships since its beginnings back in September 1983. It is respected across the island of Ireland and the CEO Rev. Bill Shaw is a respected ambassador for peace having worked in an advisory role on projects in Europe and USA. In 2014, Bill and the Trust realised a 15-year dream and opened the doors of north Belfast's first and only-purpose art and cultural facility, The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts (The Duncairn). The Centre has quickly become a widely respected organisation on the island of Ireland, recognised for its ability to break down barriers to participation for marginalised and disadvantaged communities as well as its support and development of new, young and emerging arts and cultural practitioners. In 2021, the ENCC collaborates with them on their exemplary initiative in the field of circular economy: the Duncairn Centre for Environment - Wildflower Weekend


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  • Socio-cultural activities and cultural mediation
  • Artistic production/promotion
  • Community and civic activities
  • Art education and/or other educational activities
  • Project management
  • Evaluation (e.g. of projects, structures or other)
  • Training/Lifelong learning
  • Research/data collection
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Networking
  • Internationalisation and mobility

Artistic disciplines

  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Street art
  • Amateur arts
  • Development of alternative art practices
  • Painting/drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital arts
  • Sculpture
  • Film and video art
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Crafts
  • Creative writing

Topics covered

  • Interculturality and migration
  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Disabilities and inclusion
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • European citizenship and identity
  • Climate change and environment
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Working conditions of cultural professionals/labour rights/human resources
  • Cultural policy