Performance for Belfast Pride
Belfast artist who was handed fine for street art is planning a second performance for Belfast Pride
Christoff Gillen was given a fixed penalty which was later scrapped for writing the word love in chalk on Belfast streets.
A Belfast artist who was handed a fixed penalty notice for writing the word love on a Belfast street in chalk, is planning another street art performance, but this time with the permission of Belfast City Council.
Earlier this year, artist Christoff Gillen had been performing a piece of street art called ‘A Thousand And One Kisses’ and was issued with the fine for allegedly writing graffiti on the ground.
Belfast City Council later waived the fine if Mr Gillen agreed to seek their permission for future street performances, and he has done just that.
Christoff has been given the green light by the council for his latest piece of street art to conicide with Belfast Pride.
On July 31, he intends to create a ‘Rainbow of Love’ around the perimeter of Belfast City Hall, by writing the word love in coloured chalk to compliment the Gay Pride march which takes place the following day.
Speaking to Belfast Live, Christoff said: “I decided to take the council up on their kind offer so I instructed my solicitors, Madden & Finucane to inform the city council that I intend to carry out another performance action using coloured chalk the day before the Gay pride march.
“To compliment that, this performance will also highlight the same issues that I previously highlighted back in March.”
Speaking about the incident where he was approached by the litter warden and issued with the fine, Christoff says he owes a word of thanks to the warden.
He said: “I do have to thank the litter warden for what they did that day because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in this position now. If you look at it that way you can see how we turned the negative into a positive.”
Christoff said his next performance will also pay tribute to well-known gay rights activist PA Maglochlainn who died in 2012.
“I first met him in 1991 and this performance will not only be a celebration, but it was also acknowledge that the fight for gay rights still continues,” he said.
“It’s about time the North got in line with the rest of the UK. These are laws that are being implemented at Parliament, we are part of the UK, so these laws should be enforced here.
“It is going to happen anyway legally, but it should not have to go down that route, it’s a colossal waste of money,” he added.