the Belfast Salon

The Belfast Salon was founded from a passion for ideas and argument, not simply for enjoyment’s sake, but believing that the best way to understand the world is to engage with it.  Membership is free and unlimited- ideas, opinions and a willingness to engage are the only currency. Committed to broadening the space for debate, dissent and free speech, we share many of the values of the Battle of Ideas and are proud to be associated with it.

Siobhan O’Dwyer and Pauline Hadaway


 Festival Buzz

"I was astonished by the interest and by the fact that so many thoughtful and intelligent people were willing to give up a huge part of their weekends to listen to and discuss ideas."
Ruth Gledhill, religion correspondent, The Times