Belfast, Northern Ireland: Top 10 Highlights for Curious Travelers with Dr. Finn Ballard
Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Have you been to Belfast yet? The capital city of Northern Ireland might not have been top of many tourists' wish lists even just a decade ago, but it's now experiencing a remarkable renaissance. The history of the civil war locals call 'the Troubles' (in the same sardonic tone with which an older generation refers to World War Two as 'the inconvenience') is receding, and Belfast's star is ascending.
In this conversation with a historian from Northern Ireland, you'll learn plenty about the city which once led the world in linen production and shipbuilding, which can boast such famous residents as former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, writer C.S. Lewis, and singer Van Morrison. You’ll find out where such recent popular shows and movies as ‘The Fall,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-nominated ‘Belfast’ were filmed, where best to experience the jaw-dropping scenery which surrounds the capital, and how to best enjoy the city’s legendary hospitality, gastronomy and world-famous pub scene just as the locals do.
Led by an expert on the history of Northern Ireland, Dr. Finn Ballard (from County Down just outside Belfast), this Conversation will introduce you to Belfast’s recent and ongoing transformation - whether you’re planning a trip or simply interested in this complex capital city. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of a truly unique place.
Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.