Forum for an alternative Belfast

Belfast Boulevard

Belfast Boulevard is a nine minute film made with artist Seamus Harahan. The film shows the route of the ‘Inner Box’ road which circles the city core and marks the start of a ‘grey  doughnut’ of inner city neglect. ‘The Inner Box’ is now referred to in BMTP as an aspirational boulevard. The film is shot from a car in two separate takes: one looking into the city, the other looking out –streamed side by side in the film. Framed on the street level frontage they show the devastation of roads policy in blighting city commerce. Belfast Boulevard is four kilometres long and has around 14 shops.

The film shocked viewers at the Forum launch in 2009, confronting them with the reality of the city. It was later shown at the ‘Unbuilt‘ Exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery, which lies off Belfast Boulevard.