Events to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week

Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week

Published: 12th September 2016

A range of free public events will take place across the Fermanagh and Omagh district as part of the Northern Ireland-wide Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week.

The theme for this year’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is ‘Building the future together.’

The annual week, which takes place from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 September 2016, aims to inspire new ideas and to promote understanding, respect and interaction within and among communities.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is coordinating Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week activity in the district.

Vice-Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Bert Wilson, said the Council was pleased to coordinate Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week activity locally to further promote good relations in the district.

 “A varied programme of events will take place across the district throughout the week providing people with the opportunity to find out more about our local culture and heritage, promote conversation and engagement within and between communities and increase understanding,” said Councillor Wilson.

Events and activities taking place throughout the district for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week include workshops, talks, exhibitions, music, film and animation, conversation, remembrance, art, panel discussions and conferences.

Tuesday 20 September
– ‘Shared history through emblems ‘workshop for secondary school pupils organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Rural Community Network, Libraries NI and Corrymeela at Omagh Leisure Complex
– ‘One History Many Stories’, an evening of talks, exhibitions and entertainment focusing on Ireland and the Great War and the differing perspectives around the conflict, at Omagh Library, 7pm and organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Rural Community Network and REACT

Wednesday 21 September
– Japanese Drumming Workshops where adults and children can discover the ancient drums of Japan at An Creagán Visitor Centre, Omagh, 7pm
– Respecting Difference Social Media workshop for young people at The Hangout, Enniskillen, 6pm
– Sharing of stories and experiences from  people from a variety of ethnic groups at the Friendship Club, Omagh Community House, organised by Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group at 11am
– Shared Remembrance at the Royal British Legion Hall, Omagh, featuring a screening of this year’s Somme service held at the War Memorial in Omagh and a display of crosses to remember each of the 366 from Omagh who died during WWI at 7.30pm
– ‘Son of Saul’ film screening based on Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1944 at Omagh Community House, organised by the Subterranean Film Club at 7.30pm
– Arts activities ‘Piecing Together’ exploring identity  at Westville Family Resource Centre, Enniskillen, 10.30am

Thursday 22 September
Panel discussion with a Q&A session exploring the role of religion in modern society at Arvalee School, Omagh, at 7pm, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Omagh Churches’ Forum. Guest speakers are Kate Turner, Director of Healing through Remembering and Bishop Donal McKeown
– Lunch time discussion on the Good Friday Agreement and its legacy at Omagh Community House, organised by FOCUS, at 1pm

Friday 23 September
Arts activities ‘Piecing Together’ exploring identity at Westville Family Resource Centre, Enniskillen, 10.30am
– Conference on Building the Future Together: Embracing and celebrating our global citizenship at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, 10am, organised by Fermanagh Churches’ Forum in association with the Irish School of Ecumenics

Saturday 24 September
– Animation workshop for young people exploring diversity at the Bridge Centre, Omagh, organised by Omagh Support and Self Help Group at 10.30am
– My Story with members of Women of the World telling their story of their country of origin and how they came to live in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen Castle, 2pm.

Tuesday 27 September
– Launch of the West Erne Churches’ Group report on improving community relations with facilitated discussion at Derrygonnelly Community Centre, 7.30pm.

These events and projects have received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s good relations programme assisted by The Executive Office.

To find out more about public events taking place in the Fermanagh and Omagh district during Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week please contact Pauline Clarke, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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