Belfast Development and Outreach programme: Culture as a means to tackle social issues


The Belfast City Council’s Development and Outreach Programme, which ran from 2002 to 2013, was the flagship initiative for funding the city’s efforts to champion social cohesion. Set up in consultation with arts and community organisations, the programme aimed to increase quality community arts across the city and create specific outreach based on cultural projects in order to build capacity and boost cultural activity in communities with weak cultural and arts infrastructure. This was carried out in order to increase participation in the arts and, in so doing, encourage social cohesion, reduce anti-social behaviour, and improve health, wealth and well-being within the city.

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