Our Lives, Our Journey, Our Culture – Digital Storytelling

Multi-Ethnic Sports and Cultures NI (MSCNI) presents a digital storytelling video of how the organisation brings young people of various community backgrounds together and uses sports as a medium to help unite irrespective of their race, colour, sex or origin.

All Our Saturdays

This is an exhibition showcasing Irelands Saturday Night, a newspaper detailing Northern Irelands sporting achievements and events. Sport can bring communities together and this exhibition is part of our shared history increasing the sense of our cultural expression. These papers are housed in the Newspaper Library of Belfast Central Library – a safe and shared space for all.

 

 

Blueprint: From Ghana to Ardglass

Beyond Skin and Ardglass Gaelic Club present a short film and photography exhibition celebrating the inclusive community spirit with fishermen from the indigenous community and Ghanaian community in Ardglass.

Developed by Beyond Skin, Blueprint is a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural diversity programme across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

“Our Leaders, Lead”

This event is a virtual showcase of the excellent work TAMHI young leaders do across the most disadvantaged parts of North Belfast to further Good Relations and tackle social exclusion while promoting shared space.

PeacePlayers – Celebrating Peace Building and Community Relations Through Sport

This video tells the story of AJ and Rachel, two female PeacePlayers participants from Northern Ireland. Both girls, now 19, grew up on either side of an interface, a so-called peace line, in north Belfast. They first met over 10 years ago as participants in PeacePlayers primary school twinning programme.

AJ attended Wheatfield, a predominantly Protestant primary school and Rachel, Holy Cross Girls a Catholic primary school. Back in 2001 these two schools made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. Due to tensions in the area, parents and their children who attended these schools got caught up in an ugly sectarian stand off.

In the video AJ and Rachel describe how their PeacePlayers journey has helped them to develop and strong and genuine cross community friendship. A friendship that is so strong that it feels like “missing an arm” when the other is not around. The video also shows how, inspired by their PeacePlayers experience, both girls now employed as PeacePlayers sessional coaches are committed to giving back and to making their contribution to peace-building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and beyond.

They pose an important challenge to our leaders requesting that efforts be made to remove the institutional barriers in education, housing and politics, which continue to serve as barriers limiting further progress. Whilst the physical peace-lines in Belfast remain, the AJ and Rachel story shows how the power of sport has and continues to help to remove the barriers that exist in people heads.

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