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Belfast Barge Becomes Floating Arts Centre And Events Space

Published on Nov 2 2021 12:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Belfast Barge / Lagan Legacy

Belfast Barge Becomes Floating Arts Centre And Events Space

A Belfast barge moored at the city's Lanyon Quay has become Northern Ireland's only floating arts centre and events space. As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, the barge has been converted into an...

A Belfast barge moored at the city's Lanyon Quay has become Northern Ireland's only floating arts centre and events space.

As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, the barge has been converted into an arts hub with a maritime museum, gallery and bookable events space.

The news was reportedly announced by charity Lagan Legacy.

The upstairs river room, which was reportedly once home to a restaurant, has reportedly been converted into a family and dog friendly café, which will reportedly open to customers today (Tuesday November 2).

Belfast Lord Mayor Statements

Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl reportedly said while attending the launch of the new project that it is fantastic to see the barge back in action, and, "The barge is over-flowing with history and is a fantastic space for artists, musicians and creators to come together.

"I have no doubt the many tourists who visit Belfast and Northern Ireland will be down to see the vessel very soon and congratulate the charity Lagan Legacy for all their hard work."

Barge Manager Statements

The barge's manager, Susan Doherty, reportedly said that she is thrilled to be able to bring a new attraction to Belfast harbour, and, "The charity was established to preserve the history and industrial heritage of the River Lagan.

"Belfast Barge is a fantastic multi-use event space and we are open now to bookings. It is also a museum space, and visitors are again coming to see us daily.

"We thank all our funders including Belfast City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council for NI, and the Community Fund for their support.

"During the last 18 months the doors were closed, but Belfast Barge had to remain afloat. It was during this time the plan to create one space here on the barge was hatched. We are now able to extend the museum downstairs with the 'Greatest Story Never Told' upstairs with the iconic views of the river and bridges.

"Giving young and upcoming artists an opportunity to showcase their art is important to us, along with musicians new and established.

"There's now a greater scope for larger events, such as weddings, birthdays and corporate parties which can all be catered for upstairs and downstairs, and still offer the unique quirkiness of this special setting."

Additional Barge Information

The barge was reportedly built in the Netherlands in 1960 and was reportedly previously known as MV Confiance. It was reportedly sailed to Belfast from Holland by Captain Derek Booker, who reportedly founded Lagan Legacy in 2010.

In addition to being open daily, owners Lagan Legacy are reportedly now making the barge available for events such as weddings and birthdays or for corporate hire.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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