Local groups and organisations in Newry, Mourne and Down Council area have contributed to a virtual showcase of 30 years of peace building and cultural diversity during Good Relations Week earlier this month.

Good Relations Week which ran from 14-21 September 2020 has been hailed by organisers as the largest evercross community and multi-cultural showcase of arts, history, music and culture.

Co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council, local groups and organisations locally helped deliver a virtual programme of over 290 online events and digital content that celebrated 30 years of peace building and cultural diversity.

The virtual celebrations showcased exhibitions of art and photography, storytelling and personal testimony, online discussion panels, podcasts, archive video and new short films on the theme ‘Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future.

Community Relations Council - Good Relations Week 2020.

Local events included an evening of Classical Music and Art Exhibition from the Ethnic Minority Centre, An interactive zoom conference with Brendan McAllister in conversation with the Newry District Inter-Church Forum based on the theme 'Celebrating the journey, Embracing the future'. 

Event organisers that included the Education Authority, the Irish Football Association and Libraries NI, as well as all 11 local council areas, explored topics such as tackling sectarianism and racism, cultural diversity, dealing with the past, faith, sport, young people and language.

Nisha Tandon, Board member of the Community Relations Council added: “This year’s virtual Good Relations Week has delivered our largest ever programme of events andthe biggest evercross community and multi-cultural showcase of arts, history, music and culture.

“Thanks to all of thegroups and organisations in the Newry, Mourne and Down Council area who contributed to a brilliant week celebrating 30 years of local good relations efforts by pulling together such an impactful and entertaining programme of over 290 events.

“We hope that Good Relations Week 2020 will have inspired people to reflect on how far we have come as a society over the past 30 years, and how much work we still need to do to tackle sectarianism and racism and promote cultural diversity to achieve a shared future for everyone.”

Good Relations Week is supported by The Executive Office and contributes to delivering the Together: Building a United Community Strategy. The Week is organised by a steering committee comprising Department for Communities, Department of Justice, Education Authority, Libraries NI and Cathedral Quarter Trust

For more information on the Good Relations Week 2020 visit: WWW.GOODRELATIONSWEEK.COM

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