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


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"No word was untested, no argument taken for granted, no opinion dismissed without argument nor accepted without argument."
David Jones, professor of bioethics, St Mary's University College