Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: #embRACE Week 2019

#embRACE Week celebrates the diversity and culture of the Borough. It takes place in February every year as a bespoke MEA celebrating diversity programme which promotes the rich heritage, culture and traditions of MEA. The programme is in collaboration with other departments within Council, as well as community and statutory organisations external to council.

The District Council Good Relations Programme in MEA works in partnership with other departments such as Parks & Leisure, Arts & Museums, as well as external agencies including: Libraries NI, Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA), Ballymena Carrickfergus and Larne Parkruns.

Events have included Race to #embRACE with local park runs, diversity in age projects, storytelling projects, international cafes and small world cafes, diversity through music, Chinese New Year celebrations, cultural museums events. This festival of events were aimed at making everyone in Mid and East Antrim feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated!

Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: #embRACE Week 2018

#embRACE Week celebrates the diversity and culture of the Borough. It takes places in February every year as a bespoke MEA celebrating diversity programme which promotes the rich heritage, culture and traditions of MEA.

The programme is in collaboration with other departments within Council, as well as community and statutory organisations external to council. The District Council Good Relations Programme in MEA works in partnership with other departments such as Parks & Leisure, Arts & Museums, as well as external agencies including: Libraries NI, Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA), Ballymena Carrickfergus and Larne Parkruns.

Events have included Race to #embRACE with local park runs, diversity in age projects, storytelling projects, international cafes and small world cafes, diversity through music, Chinese New Year celebrations, cultural museums events. This festival of events were aimed at making everyone in Mid and East Antrim feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated!

Real Eyes | Realise | Real Lies : A Photographic Exhibition

In March 2019, Larne Museum & Arts Centre hosted a photographic exhibition by Millbrook Youth Group entitled ‘Real Eyes | Realise | Real Lies’. Supported by the Education Authority, a group of young men aged 17-19 from Millbrook, Larne, completed an OCN in Good Relations and Cultural Diversity. Some went on to participate in a Northern Ireland/Finland exchange, while others completed an OCN in Youth Leadership. To end the project, the young men took photographs of various locations around Northern Ireland, and researched some of the historical events in our recent history. The subsequent exhibition consisted of a selection of images, inspired by Banksy, which highlighted the absurdity of our language in a political and contemporary context.

Millbrook Youth Group: A Photographic Exhibition

In March 2016, Larne Museum & Arts Centre hosted a photographic exhibition by Millbrook Youth Group. Supported by the Education Authority, young people from Millbrook, Larne, completed a Good Relations course in August 2014. From December 2014, these young people visited many sites around Larne and further afield, and documented their learning. The end result was a series of pictures that reflected their experiences of seeing some of Northern Ireland’s cultural, political & historical landmarks.

Richard Hayward’s East Antrim Pt3: In Praise of Ulster (Back Home in Ireland)

As part of Good Relations Week, we continue to explore the life and work of Richard Hayward. Hayward made a considerable number of cultural history and travel documentaries. Parts of Co Antrim, including Larne, Boneybefore near Carrickfergus and Broughshane, feature in this film made in 1946 by Richard Hayward called ‘Back Home in Ireland’. This is a travel documentary which tells the story of American troops stationed in Northern Ireland during the Second World War who were part of the build-up of soldiers prior to the invasion of Europe. Hayward narrated the film with a fictional American sergeant. The film includes some wonderful traditional music with songs and dances being performed by Ellie Mulligan and the Johnston School of Dancing, while in one sequence Hayward plays the harp.

Richard Hayward’s East Antrim Pt2: Remembering Richard Hayward

As part of Good Relations Week, we have been exploring the life of Richard Hayward. You can find out more in this 1½ hour talk recorded at PRONI in October 2014 where former BBC journalist and author Paul Clements outlines the life and work of the celebrated writer, actor and singer who died in 1964.

Richard Hayward’s East Antrim: A Virtual Exhibition

In a busy career, Hayward was a renowned writer, singer, actor and film-star, as well as a broadcaster, folklorist and tour guide. He recorded Orange ballads and traditional Irish folksongs and played the harp. His literary talents ranged from poetry, a novel and journalism, to 11 travel books on Ireland. We explore the life of Richard Hayward (1892-1964), through this virtual exhibition – ‘Richard Hayward’s East Antrim’

The Fiddle and Fife

The Fiddle and Fife Project in Mid and East Antrim aims to promote and preserve our rich local musical and cultural heritage through the exhibition and preservation of artefacts, video, photographic, and audio recording. This project is a creative collaboration between Mid-Antrim Museum and local musicians Johnny Murphy, Willie Drennan and David McClean