Samara’s Shop by Patricia Byrne – Saturday 25th September

Written and directed by Patricia Byrne, through development workshops, Samara’s Shop explores the fascinating links between Irish and Arabic culture.

The play explores links in language, culture and experience, allowing for a celebration and acknowledgement of two very similar, but different, human experiences.

Samara’s Shop is a play for the present, the past and the future and the vital link between us all. The play will be performed by Julie-Yara Atz, Karim Hadaya, Baraa Halabieh, Sean Donegan and Cara Park.

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Samara’s Shop by Patricia Byrne – Friday 24th September

Written and directed by Patricia Byrne, through development workshops, Samara’s Shop explores the fascinating links between Irish and Arabic culture.

The play explores links in language, culture and experience, allowing for a celebration and acknowledgement of two very similar, but different, human experiences.

Samara’s Shop is a play for the present, the past and the future and the vital link between us all. The play will be performed by Julie-Yara Atz, Karim Hadaya, Baraa Halabieh, Sean Donegan and Cara Park.

To book tickets use Event Button.

Samara’s Shop by Patricia Byrne – Thursday 23rd September

Written and directed by Patricia Byrne, through development workshops, Samara’s Shop explores the fascinating links between Irish and Arabic culture.

The play explores links in language, culture and experience, allowing for a celebration and acknowledgement of two very similar, but different, human experiences.

Samara’s Shop is a play for the present, the past and the future and the vital link between us all. The play will be performed by Julie-Yara Atz, Karim Hadaya, Baraa Halabieh, Sean Donegan and Cara Park.

To book tickets use Event Button.

The Community Relations Council presents “Brighter Days” music video by Beyond Skin

The Community Relations Council presents the release of the musical track “Brighter Days” curated by Beyond Skin and written and performed by one of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians, Rwanda Shaw and Jessica Hammond from Black Studios Dundonald.

The song references the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is part of a wider SDG’s Youth4Peace project enabling a legacy from Good Relations Week with the Brighter Days theme echoing through intercultural arts activities running until March 2022.

ROE presents ‘It Gets Better’

Talented singer-songwriter ROE – a Good Relations Week Ambassador – has penned a special song to help young people celebrate “Better Days Ahead” for Good Relations Week 2021.

The track is titled ‘It Gets Better’ and is based on her interpretation of the ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ theme of this year’s Good Relations Week and her musical concept of identity, belonging, home, diversity and peace-building for the youth of today.

Bright Sparks School Performance

Rural Housing Association will work with Sion Mills Primary School and St Eugene’s Primary School, Victoria Bridge to deliver a musical/ dance performance within our Housing for All shared neighbourhood in Sion Mills.  The event will bring together local school children from a variety of backgrounds, to unite in a performance celebrating children’s role in bringing their communities together.

The event will also feature a community lunch bringing together the local community at an outdoor shared space (socially distanced), where residents from different backgrounds can integrate and form positive relationships with their neighbours, whilst watching the performance of local school children.

Black Box Projects Showcase

Libraries NI has partnered with the Black Box to host live visual and musical performances by young people with learning disabilities, providing the performers with an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a live audience after lockdown.

The event will range from music videos that the group have made to ‘Black Box Overtures’ which feature jokes and comedy shorts created by the group.

Booking for this event is essential.

Tel: :028 9050 9212 or Email: fallsroad.library@librariesni.org.uk

Irish & Ulster Scots Cultural Exhibition

As part of Good Relations Week 2021 – Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be hosting an Irish / Ulster Scots Cultural Exhibition.

The exhibition will offer our shared community the opportunity to appreciate and experience a mixture of Irish & Ulster Scots music, dance and poetry interpretation.

For more info : please contact Donna.mullholland@nmandd.org

Free outdoor concert by DUOZOUK

This is an amazing opportunity for some great live music and to explore the journey of the bouzouki from early 1900’s Greece, across Europe and its entry into Ireland.

This is a free event, no tickets required. Bring your own seat, grab a coffee and dress for outdoor weather. Social distancing restrictions apply.

DUOZOUK will also play on Saturday 18th September with GARY LUTTON playing guitar, influenced by his travels around the world.

For more information contact: Karen Smyth: karen.smyth@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

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, were invited to contribute to Anything Can Happen 1972.  They were able to 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’.