Published Tuesday, 27 August 2013
I know this is not unusual for most journalists - depending on what stories we're covering on different days. But last weekend seemed like a particularly odd melting pot.
Into this particular mix: stand-out moments from Belfast's first colour run, images & commentary after a significant guns find in Castlereagh, highlights from the Mela, security alert updates & a few parades & protests.
As I moved from story to story I had the sense in some moments that the city was bursting into life, in others I felt keenly the severity of the struggles which hamper us. We know too well how this summer has gone - how violence & anger have been so overtly on display - how our streets can all too easily become battle-grounds - how political divisions have deepened. And it all seems to prove to us & compound our fears that peace is never in the bag here.
But amid these different narratives I do see a city that is becoming a new one. In the last few weeks alone there has been such a plethora of creative goings on - like the Household festival in the Ormeau Road area where people literally open up their homes as arts venues, so strangers can come together. Like the Color Run, which attracted 4 thousand people & which saw Titanic slipway transformed into a giant colourful dance floor. Like the beautiful Mela with its showcasing of so many different & rich cultures.
Belfast you are a city with often contradictory narratives. Conflict & division are not disappearing, but for every sign of that - there are indicators of just how creative, organic & rich this place can be.
Let's not give up on that awakening & this confusing journey we're all on.
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