From “the Muddy Byways of Fermanagh and Tyrone” to Partition and Two Irish States 1918-22

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in association with Rural Community Network and NI Screen present an online talk by renowned historian Dr Eamon Phoenix that will examine the key historical events in Ireland in the years 1918 – 1922.  The talk will include unseen footage of key events including the treaty negotiations and will have particular emphasis on the local angle and personalities in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. The talk will be followed with a question and answer session.

This event helps promote good relations because it examines the differing perspectives on the legacy of the past. It helps participants gain a better understanding of the past and help them to move on to a shared future based on mutual respect.

Good Relations and Knowing Racial History: Embracing a More Just Future’

Irish School of Ecumenics in association with Fermanagh Churches Forum and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council presents ‘Good Relations and Knowing Racial History; Embracing a More Just Future’ – an online talk by Dr. Johnston McMaster who is an expert in political and public theology. He explores lessons from history and the principles and values which will be the foundation of a more just future.

Attendees from different backgrounds had an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the subject matter in small groups. In a plenary sessions Dr. McMaster responded to questions and comments and provide clarifications.

 

 

 

Art in Place of Conflict

Art in Place of Conflict seeks to explore the power of socially engaged art in conflict / post conflict societies. We unpicked themes such as Truth Recovery, Ethics, Reconciliation, Legacy of Conflict as well as Inter-generational Dialogue.

We aimed to include current issues, including a global pandemic, which took us all by surprise as well as Black Lives Matter – a fight for equality.

The Theatre and Peacebuilding Academy kick-started this conversation by showcasing and discussing art produced through the academy with acclaimed artists such as Jo Egan, Conan McIvor, Pamela Brown and Ailin Conant.

Our keynote address was given by the internationally acclaimed John Paul Lederach who “is one of our greatest living architects of social transformation” Krista Tippett

Internationally acclaimed theatre-makers and artists such as Teya Sepinuck, founder of Theatre of Witness, Hector Aristizabal, founder of Imaginaction, photographer and activist Giles Duley and contemporary artist and activist Khaled Barakeh joined us to talk about their work in addressing social change.

We hosted talks, presentations, conversations, podcasts, artworks, film and a live screening of a theatre production.

Who do you think you are? The advantages of a geographic DNA project

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council presented ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ – a digital talk that employs DNA sampling and genealogical training workshops to promote discussion about cultural identity. It explained the advantages of DNA projects with a geographic focus and explore how they can be used to celebrate community identity, as well as the cultural tourism benefits they bring.

The video is stored and available on the Northern Ireland Community Archive (www.niarchive.org).

For more information, contact Nicholas Wright via email: nic.wright@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk