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

React Community Relations Week – Virtual Tea-Leaf Reading Class

React will be hosting  hosting two online courses – tea leaf reading and a yoga session – to help bringing people together and learn about other cultures in a relaxing environment.

For more information or to book a space on the Virtual Tea-Leaf Reading Class email: sarah@reactni.org or call: 079 2516 3872.

Unsettled Dust (Commemoration or Celebration)

Partisan Production intendeds to contribute to the positive debate around commemoration, specifically in relation to the upcoming centenary of Northern Ireland. They will offer some examples from our work which attempt 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 seek 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

Discover Arab Culture with Yallaa – Cooking with Shahrazad

A virtual programme to discover Arab music, art, food and storytelling, facilitated by Yalla CIC volunteers.

  • Oud instrument with Etaf
  • Arabic Calligraphy with Asad
  • Cooking with Shahrazad
  • Storytelling for children with Samira

To register for the Zoom workshops email: info@yalla.org

Discover Arab Culture with Yallaa – Arabic Calligraphy with Asad

A virtual programme to discover Arab music, art, food and storytelling, facilitated by Yalla CIC volunteers.

  • Oud instrument with Etaf
  • Arabic Calligraphy with Asad
  • Cooking with Shahrazad
  • Storytelling for children with Samira

To register for the Zoom workshops email: info@yalla.org