Newry gets ready for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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The Newry area is getting ready for this year’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, which takes place from 19th – 25th September this year. CRCAW front cover imageOver 150 events are taking place across Northern Ireland to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, from discussion forums, music workshops, performances and celebration events. Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is now in its 14th year and this year’s theme is Building the Future Together. Local councils, public bodies, schools and community and voluntary organisations run various events throughout the Week. Thousands of people across Northern Ireland are expected to take part and attend the events. Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is an initiative by the Community Relations Council in conjunction with The Executive Office and Department for Communities. Four events are taking place in the Newry, Mourne and Down District area including Amazing The Space, which is one of this year’s flagship events, bringing together young people from across Northern Ireland to celebrate International Day of Peace through art, music, dance and film. A special satellite event will happen at in Bessbrook on 21st September. Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council said Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week was set to be a thought-provoking and varied Week.
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September 2016“It was Abraham Lincoln who said “the best way to predict the future is to create it” and Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week is a reminder that we all have a part in creating what is yet to be,” she told Newry Times. “We can all help to build the future and possibly make the difference to how positive it is. This year’s programme is a wonderful mix of events including serious and focussed forums and initiatives celebrating culture and heritage as well as inviting a deeper understanding and appreciation of our differences. She added, “A particular focus this year has been on our young people and the vital role they play in building a future together in Northern Ireland. There are many events geared towards young people this year, not least the Amazing the Space event which is taking place across Northern Ireland.” To find out details of events taking place in the area visit and download the Week’s event brochure.
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