18/05/2018

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Celebration Day Plans Modern Spin On Heritage Of CS Lewis

Belfast City Council have announced a free, one-day event celebrating urban arts, which aims to put a modern spin on the heritage of author CS Lewis' famous novel, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.

As part of the Council's initiative, #BelfastArtsWeekender, local and international street mural artists will be working live in the square to transform a carefully selected group of 'previously loved' wardrobes, as well as permanent walls in the surrounding area. 

Thunder Action Sports will be providing urban sports and dance displays, there'll be music from Girl DJ collective throughout the afternoon and a closing set by electronic artist Mount Palomar. Horatio Todd's will bring the refreshments and Hot Dog Dodge will make sure no-one goes hungry. 

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said: "CS Lewis Square is a fantastic place to relax with your family and friends – not least because of the beautiful sculptures of Aslan and other Narnia characters. And this Bank Holiday Monday, you won't want to miss out on all the fun. It's totally free and open to everyone to enjoy.
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"Our Belfast Agenda makes a commitment to making the city a vibrant, attractive and connected city and events like these are helping us to deliver on that objective. Seeing the square buzzing with excitement and creativity reminds us why it's worthwhile investing in shared public space and in culture – both really do enhance our quality of life."

Council Reject Move To Extend Sunday Trading Hours

Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee have rejected a move to extend Sunday trading hours.

The committee voted 16 to four against a motion that aimed to designate Belfast city as a "holiday resort", a move that would have allowed larger shops to extend opening hours on 18 Sundays a year.

Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard To Observe Elections In Venezuela

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard is travelling to Venezuela at the request of the National Electoral; Council (CNE) as part of an international delegation to observe the upcoming Presidential elections on 20 May 2018.

Whilst in Venezuela, Mr Hazzard will meet with the Board of the Supreme Court of Justice, Vladimir Padrino López, Minister of Popular Power for Defence, and Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs and the Government-opposition Dialogue Table along with representatives of civic society administrating the election process.

Mr Hazzard said: "It is an honour to have been asked to travel to Venezuela as part of an independent international observer team. Open and fair elections are a fundamental part of all democracies.

"Sinn Féin have consistently supported the highest standards of human rights for all people.

"The Venezuelan people are entitled to elect a government of their own choice and that government is equally entitled to conduct their affairs in the interests of their people without foreign impediment."

(MH/LM)

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