In October 2018 a huge fire destroyed one of the most prominent and important buildings in Belfast City Centre. The fire had a devastating effect on the city, closing the main arterial route through the city and substantially reducing footfall in the cityâ€™s shopping and retail area. In the aftermath of the fire the Belfast City Council launched a major regeneration initiative. One of the core elements of the programme was cultural animation.
Kaleidoscope was commissioned by the City Council and the Cathedral Quarter Trust to coordinate and deliver a programme of cultural animation in the city centre. The programme was delivered over a six month period from October 2018 to March 2019. Kaleidoscope worked with more than 150 local arts organisations, artists, bands and community groups to coordinate and deliver a programme of weekly events which included live music performances, circus, street theatre, children's workshops and seasonal celebrations for Christmas, New Year, Valentineâ€™s Day, Chinese New Year and Easter. The events were delivered at venues across the city centre both indoor and outdoor.
The programme was a huge success helping to restore the footfall in the city to pre-fire levels.