“Game of Thrones and the Titanic are great for Belfast, but there is so much more to see and do”.
A beautifully filmed video created by Irish YouTube channel The People We Meet highlights the growing cultural hub in Belfast.
The video is part of an ongoing series on the channel, which looks at different communities in Ireland by interviewing the people who live in them. Episode 18 focuses on Belfast in Northern Ireland and, more specifically, the food scene there. They interviewed nine people working in the food industry to discuss their thoughts and experiences of the change that has happened in the city in recent years.
Two women at the beginning of the video note how “there’s a lot more things going on than there was 10 years ago”. They inform us that nowadays more people are “taking the initiative” to start their own independent businesses in the city, these words being complemented by shots of a row of redbrick terraced houses at sunset and of the interior and exterior of a fancy cheese shop, this perfectly transitioning to the next scene, an interview with the owner of said shop.
Every person in the video offers a fascinating insight into the food scene in Belfast, each emphasising how important community is to the survival of independent businesses and the overall growth of tourism for the city. The video flows very well, with each interview transitioning naturally into the next. The interviews feel very natural and everyone appears to be very comfortable, an interview skill that’s not as easy as you might think to master.
“There is this kind of outward-looking new Belfast city in renaissance. It’s just big enough that you can have interesting stuff, but it’s also small enough that you know people,” explains a local coffee shop owner outside his business. Overall, this video shows that Belfast is a beautiful city with a thriving local community and shows a lovely perspective of its modern culture.