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Three-sided basketball event coming to the Shankill Road

A three-sided game of basketball is coming to the Shankill Road next month.
Allan Preston

AN art installation documenting a three-sided game of basketball is coming to the Shankill Road next month as part of a peacebuilding art project.

On Saturday, the artist Emily Bisgaard staged the 'Play 4 Peace' event which brought together a group of players from different backgrounds to play on an unusual court with three sides.

Those taking part included the muralist Mark Ervine, Antrim GAA player Jack Dowling, former Ulster player Niall Conlon as well those from a Catholic, Protestant and international background. 

The three-sided basketball court.

With keeping score sure to be confusing, the game was inspired by the Danish artist Asger Jorn who created a three-sided game of football to challenge the concept of 'us versus them' and to bring people together through sport.

While three-sided football is now played in multiple places all over the world, the basketball version is believed to be a first.

A document of the "unique art performance" will now be exhibited at the Shankill Mission by Ms Bisgaard on June 15 from 4.30pm to 7pm.

The Shankill Mission building has been derelict since 2009 and at one point was set to be redeveloped into a four-star hotel.

In March, it was reported that the premises was being transformed into a new hub for Vault Artists Studios.

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