Newry to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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The Newry area is set to mark this year’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, with a number of events taking place in the local area.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), it is running from Monday, 18th September  – Sunday, 24th September, with more than 160 events taking place across Northern Ireland.

The initiative, which supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, sees government departments, community groups, local councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host a wide range of events from exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more – all based this year around the theme of ‘Safe Space: Shared Place’.

 

 

There are six events are taking place in the Newry, Mourne and Down District including events organised by, for example, Libraries NI, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and Down County Museum.

Events include ‘Wrens of HMS Caroline’ at Newry City Library, an exhibition examining the role and experiences of the women of HMS Caroline; and a highland dance demonstration by Closkelt Highland Dancers at Rathfriland Library.

In addition, Reverend David Armstrong will give a talk at Down County Museum based on recollections of his experiences as a Presbyterian Minister in the Parish of Limavady, serving the community there during some of the most turbulent days of the Troubles.

 

 

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, told Newry Times, “We have chosen the theme Safe Space: Shared Place to allow us to show how many safe and shared spaces we have here. Not just physical spaces, but space in how we think about each other.

“We want to draw attention to the work that is going on all the time to broaden and deepen our sense of safety and to create even more spaces that are shared by all of us.

“The week is an opportunity to showcase the ways in which people are making room for each other and getting involved in helping people feel safe to share sport, drama, film, food, arts, culture, music, debate, talks, tours and everything that can make life good here.

 

 

“The number and variety of independently organised events that are part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2017 is testament to the work undertaken by members of our local communities each and every day and the positive change it is making for all of us here,” she added.

For more information on events happening in your area, visit community-relations.org.uk where a copy of the programme is available for download.


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