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Art house

Art house

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Yesterday I stumbled across Household Belfast, a fascinating concept for an art festival.

It's taking place in Belfast this weekend between Friday and Sunday, with a collective of artists opening up their South Belfast homes to host exhibitions, gigs, talks, screenings, performances and tours.

The launch event takes place at 5pm on Friday in Satis House, an innovative concept that really merits a blog post of its own. Located in one of Deramore Avenue's modest Victorian terraces, it is a gallery-cum-house, with its co-founders and curators  also sharing the property as housemates.

Getting back to Household Belfast, Satis House is acting as an information hub for the three-day event which wants people "to re-negotiate the way in which they view and interact with art in the city".

South / South East Belfast is my favourite residential area of Belfast and is now fairly densely populated by artists, performers and creative professionals. Even the names of the home venues conjure for me images of cool, candlelit, arty pads - Ava Avenue, Rosetta Park, South Parade...

The term 'eclectic' is becoming a bit hackneyed, but there is no better description for Household Belfast's programme of events. There's The Olde Belfast Velo Jaunt cycling event and swap shop in Ormeau Park, the PLACE kids' treasure hunt, Fraoch's Frocks' gorgeous night blending Irish and Japanese culture and something I was delightfully surprised by - 'Connection' at Ailesbury Road, an exploratory live work of artistic expression co-hosted by one of my counsellor colleagues, Rosie Burrows. I love it when the threads of your life interweave like this - perhaps it's inevitable when those threads are woven in Northern Ireland though!

Check out the full programme and details of the individual events and let me know if you go along to any of them and what you thought.

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