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Discover Belfast through the murals

A guided tour of the famous murals of the city is a great way to gain insight into the various cultures and traditions of Northern Ireland and is now a not-to-miss part of a visit to Belfast.

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Some tours make use of the famous black taxis and local guides explain the history and political background of each artwork. Many of the murals are indeed political in nature and refers to the time of the Northern Irish conflict, known as the ‘Troubles’, but the most recent are a tribute to Belfasts local heroes such as the footballer George Best and the writer C S Lewis.

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Also the relationship with the Titanic, where the city is so proud, see you back on several liked maps in the vicinity of the shipyard where the famous ship was built.

Although ‘street art’ is always already part of Belfasts self-expression, has in the past few years a huge flourishing, partly because of some local artists and an organization called Seedhead Arts. She organizes every year in september for a Street Art Festival under the name of ‘Hit the North’.

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‘Hit the North’ takes place in Belfasts vibrant Cathedral Quarter that present a breeding ground for street art, that can measure up with many cities worldwide. The festival attracts more than 30 artists from all over the world to Belfast come to paint and discuss the importance and the goals of this street art.

A great way to see the new murals of the city, regardless of the time of year, to go along with a ‘street art’walking tour. This two-hour tour is designed by and is under the supervision of the artists who are the driving force behind these latest developments. Belfasts new ‘street art’ is a mix of styles and themes such as mythology, cartoon characters, animals, and history.

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One of the most admired works of art is a black-and-white painting by Conor Harrington that the side wall adorns the Black Box theater. It bears the title ‘The Duel of Belfast, Dance by Candlelight.’ (‘The duel of Belfast, Dance by Candlelight’).

The colorful ” Blurry Eyed,’ a rainy cityscape by Dan Kitchener, and “The Son of Protagoras’ international ‘street artist’ MTO, both in Talbot Street, are also very popular.

More info: www.visitbelfast.com/street-art-walking-tour

www.discovernorthernireland.com/belfastmurals

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