Unsettled Dust (Commemoration or Celebration)

Partisan Production intended to contribute to the positive debate around commemoration, specifically in relation to the centenary of Northern Ireland. They offered some examples from our work which attempted to provide opportunities for audiences to consider the complex and often provisional nature of choice in a historical context and to reflect on the degree to which any historical event can be considered ‘finished’ in this society.

By questioning a ‘narrow’ reading of this history, Partisan Productions was seeking to encourage reflection both on the ‘truth’ of history and the degree to which this shapes our contemporary consciousness and the choices we make.

To read the script of the production visit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gtn69rz6vgz40sh/THE%20MILL%20GIRL%20AND%20THE%20SOLDIER%20.pdf?dl=0

To watch a behind the scenes video of the production visit: https://vimeo.com/106309442/9af1bdb7e4

 

Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: Rwandan Dream Project 2017

Project worked with young people between 15-18 – youth leaders and leaders in communities. Project looked at differences, embraced diversity, and drew on the comparisons of Rwanda and NI. It looked at developing initiatives for peace and reconciliation though the good practice of Genocide and Holocaust education, through intercultural arts.

It sought to address the dangers of prejudice and division in NI and Rwanda. The Project worked with young people to develop a song to unite Rwanda and NI through peace and reconciliation in learning that division is a legacy of the past and that with respect and mutual understanding of shared space, safety and a society free from hate – much can be achieved. The finished complications ‘Brand New Day’ was performed in the Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena by young people from the Waveney Youth Centre and the Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA). This performance took place in front of friends, family and special guests from Council, including the Deputy Mayor. In preparation for this, these young people worked with local musicians, as well as genocide survivors Jean-Paul Samputu and Pelagie Buchanan.

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

Belfast Central Library Virtual Tour

Belfast Central Library Virtual Tour allows the viewer to learn about the history of the building and view the beautiful architecture and interior of the library, to be able to take pride and to increase a sense of community belonging and ownership.

This content will hopefully dissolve some barriers to access and will hopefully encourage viewers to want to come and see the building for themselves. Libraries are shared and safe spaces open to all with a range of activities and services that encourage learning and celebrate community diversity.

Book of the Day – Teenage

Check in to our twitter account everyday from 14-21 September for Book of the Day, for adult and teenage audiences. These recommended books are available through Libraries NI exploring themes such as disability, culture diversity, LGBT and racism. @LibNIDigital

Book of the Day – Adult

Check in to our twitter account everyday from 14-21 September for Book of the Day, for adult and teenage audiences. These recommended books are available through Libraries NI exploring themes such as disability, culture diversity, LGBT and racism. @LibNIDigital

Sienna Wilgaus Anime Exhibition

An online art exhibition by Sienna Wilgaus – a student at Glengormley High School that is partnered with C & S Music School Japan.  The exhibition showcases Sienna’s Anime art talents, which is similar to Japanese Manga Art. The school’s friendship project has been developed by Beyond Skin and Min-On Music Research Institute Japan and is a legacy of Anne O’Donaghue Award.

The event is part of the youth4peace Northern Ireland strategy – engaging young people with their interests and enabling them to use those skills as agents of change to make a difference in the world around them.

Aspects of Chinese Culture

Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest cultures.  Chinese language, ceramics, architecture, musucla, dance, sport, cuisine and history have global influence, while Chinese traditions and festivals are celebrated and practiced by people around the world.

This video event aimed to showcase the Chinese communities in Northern Ireland, how diverse they are and the value they bring to their local cities, towns and villages and that they are not just involved in catering.