March 2015

Amazing play. I love it. Let me think in a different direction. Sometimes we don’t recognise what we came through. Good job. Go on.
— Audience Member
It’s been a challenging experience. It’s so obvious that the changes are hard for both sides, natives and arrivals but that makes me thing we can’t forget that it’s hard for local people to adapt as well as for us. Very Belfast perspective helped me to see their perspective. Thank you.
— Audience Member

Arrivals2, the second in Terra Nova's trilogy of cross generational projects about immigration, was developed over months of workshops with professional artists and members of Northern Ireland's visible minority communities.  Building from initial workshops across Northern Ireland, through a masterclass with community members and professional artists coming together to share and develop stories as equals (see the video below), and moving forward together through script development in which all supported the writers on the project, to a final performance and tour, Arrivals2 was a truly collaborative effort.

Featuring written work by Deirdre Cartmill, Daragh Carville, Maggie Cronin, Fionnuala Kennedy and James Meredith, (read the CultureNI interview here) the plays were directed by Artistic Director Andrea Montgomery. The process was supported by an intercultural steering group and also offered payment and enhanced mentoring to 'emerging intercultural artists' who took part throughout and added their expressions in poetry and music to the project as a whole.

A little look behind the closed doors of the intercultural masterclass that underpins the development of Arrivals2.

Arrivals2 is supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland, Lloyds TSB Foundation NI, the CAP PICAS programme, the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Fund and Belfast City Council through their Arts and Heritage and Good Relations Units.