Ahead of the launch of Imagine Festival in Belfast, people with an interest in co-ops, cultural commoning, Universal Basic Income and more are being invited to sign up early to a series of sessions hosted by Voluntary Arts Ireland.


The sessions, part of a series called the Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence, are being run by leading thinkers and doers working to exploring the prospects for cultural transformation related to economics, politics, ways of living and making a living.


Speakers include Michel Bauwens, co-founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, John Restakis, Executive Director of Vancouver based Community Evolution Foundation, Anne Ryan, from Basic Income Ireland, Karin Eyben, of Garvagh People’s Forest, Denis Stewart, from the IFF, Nat O’Connor, Lecturer in Public Policy & Administration at Ulster University and many more. Tickets can be booked directly using the links below:


Humanising the Economy – The role of cooperatives in making shift happen
Tuesday 13th March
8.30 to 10.30am (with buffet breakfast)
The Studio, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast


Cultural Commoning – What it is and why it matters
Tuesday 13th March
1.30pm to 4pm (with light lunch)
Performance Room, Linen Hall Library, Belfast


Being SMart about Freelancing – The changing nature of ‘work’
Tuesday 13th March
The Studio, Crescent Arts Centre


Commoning Our Democracy – A Civic Conversation on democratic revival
Wednesday 14th March
11am to 1pm
The Studio, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast


Universal Basic Income – What currency could it have?
Friday 16th March
1pm to 3pm
The Studio, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast



Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics is an annual programme of performance, discussion and debate exploring new ideas on politics, culture and activism in Northern Ireland. It aims to encourage participation of under-represented groups in political/cultural debate and to stimulate reflection and debate on difficult and controversial issues. The festival runs from 12-18 March in Belfast. The programme and website will be launched on 12 February at https://imaginebelfast.com/. 

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