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Arts Ekta
6 Murray St., Belfast, BT1 6DN
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Join us for Design Thinking at ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland's leading intercultural arts organisation situated in the heart of Belfast city centre.

The theme of our 2017 Design Thinking workshop is creating products and services to solve problems that refugees and asylum seekers living in Northern Ireland face. In teams we will begin by discovering the main issues faced; generate ideas and quickly prototype possible solutions. We will end the session with a 'Show & Tell' and feedback.

The aim of this year's Design Thinking is to leave with the first stage of prototypes for products and services that could potentially be taken forward to develop over the next year and showcase at Belfast Design Week 2018. We are keen to involve refugees and asylum seekers in the conversation + workshop and will be inviting them to participate.

Are you up for the Challenge?

Join us at #BDW17

You don't have to be a designer to participate, this event is open to design enthusiasts and anyone that would like to contribute thoughts and ideas on this issue.

We will be sending through information ahead of the workshop to all attendees.

This event is free, but spaces are limited, so please book to guarantee your spot!

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Judith Gordon

Judith is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and entrepreneur based in Belfast. Judith runs design thinking workshops and is currently working on a fin-tech app MOCO created to help manage money.

Arts Ekta

ArtsEkta (Ekta means bonding/uniting in the Indian language) is a multi-award winning arts and cultural organisation that works to develop intercultural relationships at the heart of the community and is home to the Belfast Mela. We are dedicated to strengthening and deepening relationships between different cultures and communities through a series of exciting and inspiring cultural Arts based programmes.

The ‘Refugee and Asylum Arts Initiative’, began in April 2014 this initiative has been developed by ArtsEkta. The programme was designed to support and promote the arts and cultural activities of Belfast refugee and Asylum communities. The project successfully involved a wide range of participant groups drawn from many different asylum-seeking and refugee and homeless communities. It responded creatively and effectively to newly emerging needs during the project implementation. This initiative used the opportunities and provided platform to share learning, ideas, information and work with each other to develop further ideas and have their own Social activity and the group of eight women named their initiative “ART ROUTE COLLECTIVE”. 

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