Mini Mela Culture Event

Rural Housing Association as part of their Housing for All shared neighbourhood initiative, funded by DfC and the NIHE hosted a socially distanced culture event in Sion Mills.  Residents of Sion Mills, along with Sion Mills Community Association, were treated to on street performances from ArtsEkta, which included; Bollywood dancers, African Drumming and Chinese Lion Dancing, all with the aim of showcasing cultures from around the world and celebrating diversity.

Residents were able to watch the event from their doorsteps, with performers rotating around the village to deliver a cultural event within social distancing guidelines. At a time when social interaction can be limited and with many community activities currently on hold, the event also provided a key opportunity for participants to re-engage with their neighbours whilst participating in an intercultural experience celebrating dance and music from around the globe

A talk on The History of Boomhall

A Talk on Boomhall, a Georgian Villa, Stables, Walled Garden and Landscape Parkland occupied in the past by Major Merchant Families engaged in the Emigration and Goods Trades with North America, Caribbean and the Baltic, as well as being major players in administration of India and South Africa.

CAIN – A source of information on Community Relations

The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) Web site contains information and source material on ‘the Troubles’ and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. There is also material on society in the region and the issue of community relations. CAIN is located in Ulster University and is part of ARK. CAIN also worked on the development of Accounts of the Conflict Web site.

Sollus Highland Dancing Workshop – J.L McKenzie

Sollus Highland Dancers will host five professional online workshops to showcase the work that young people have done during their classes in lock-down. We hope that these workshops will inspire our dancers and others to continue towards achieving their goals and promote the Ulster Scots culture.

Would you like to learn a new dance? There will be an option to complete a JL McKenzie exam at a later date so this would be a huge help! Intermediate standard and above.

For more information please contact Amanda Kee via email on

To join this workshop:

Meeting code: 871 1588 4887

Password:   093608



ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN 1972: Voices from the Heart of The Troubles

Presented by The Playhouse Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy

Written by Damian Gorman

Directed by Kieran Griffiths.

The statistics for 1972- the worst year of the ‘Troubles’- are astonishing: almost 500 killings (nearly 100 in the month of July alone); 10,000 shootings, 2,000 explosions, and almost 5,000 people physically injured.

But statistics only take you so far, and they don’t take you inside the hearts of people who were there. 1972 was an extraordinary year- a year when it felt like anything could happen- but it was a year of lives as well as deaths. And here is an evening of voice, of people- gathered by the poet Damian Gorman- which carries inside stories of both.

As part of the production, those who have lost loved ones in the Troubles, due to Covid-19, or in any circumstance, are invited to contribute to Anything Can Happen 1972.  They can send objects or photographs of significance or importance to them, to be placed on the other 130 empty chairs in our theatre. This is so that instead of absence, the chairs have something very significant and important on them, to be lit by theatre lights in an act echoing Seamus Heaney’s famous work Mossbawn: Two Poems in Dedication, in which he describes ‘a sunlit absence’. To reserve your seat contact