Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: #embRACE Week 2019

#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 are 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 are aimed at making everyone in Mid and East Antrim feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated!

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’

Sean Lester: Sticking to the Seat

Sean Lester lived through a tumultuous period in the history of Ireland, which shaped his political outlook. His story is one that opens up questions about complex political identities which continue to have an impact today. Addressing issues around co-operation and inclusion, ultimately Lester’s story is a positive one of perseverance and hope. Find out more about Sean Lester by visiting Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s website following the link below

Media Grant Scheme

A discussion with recent recipients of the Community Relation Council’s Media Grant Scheme. Gain an insight into the Media Grant Scheme with this exploration of how the scheme funds innovative media projects, and the challenges faced by the recipients. The Media Grant Scheme is re-opening for applications on 14 September 2020.

Early Years Members join Good Relations Week 2020 Celebrations – Jolly Rodgers Day Nursery

Early years practitioners, children and parents from Jolly Rodgers Day Nursery in Lisburn, recently benefited from the engagement in the evidence-based Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) Respecting Difference Programme.

This was delivered by Early Years – the organisation for young children and funded through the Community Relations Council, who aim to promote a peaceful and shared society based on reconciliation and mutual trust.

The Swanzy Riots, 1920 – Online Exhibition

‘The Swanzy Riots, 1920’ details events in Lisburn following the assassination of R.I.C. District Inspector Oswald Ross Swanzy in Market Square. The murder, by members of the Cork and Belfast I.R.A., led to two nights and three days of vicious rioting, looting and burning, largely aimed at the town’s Catholic community.

Using photographs, artefacts, videos, books and uniforms, this exhibition tells the story of a significant – but not well known – event in Lisburn’s rich history, and its part in the wider story of the War of Independence (1919-1922).

The Partition in Ireland/Partition of Ulster exhibition

The Partition in Ireland/Partition of Ulster exhibition and booklet explores local events and local connections to pivotal events that led to the formation of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The planned touring exhibition and workshop programme will be rescheduled for 2021.

For more information please contact Nic Wright via email: nic.wright@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk