Peace Wall Removal
Community Celebrates Peace Wall Removal
Residents at a North Belfast interface hold a celebration event to mark a new era after the removal of a 30 year old Peace Wall.
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The red carpet was rolled out today (25th October) for the premiere of a short film and unveiling of a special sculpture produced by the Rasharkin Community Youth Project.
The screening was part of a special event celebrating the achievements of the cross-community project which brought together the Rasharkin Community Association and Saturday Night at the Church Hall (SNATCH).
Supported by the International Fund for Ireland, the three-year initiative coordinated a range of peace and reconciliation activities designed for young people in the area including study visits and workshops.
Building on previous collaborations between the groups and geared towards promoting greater dialogue between the two communities, the project also challenged more than 30 budding filmmakers to produce a short movie that showcased their experiences.
International Fund for Ireland Board Member, David Graham, said:
“Creative projects such as this enrich community relations and support the Fund’s objectives of peace-building. The young filmmakers and artist have created a wonderful sculpture and a powerful and personal film. I hope many people in the area and beyond will have a chance to see them both.
“By bringing people from both traditions together as part of an activities based programme, this project has been very successful in fostering greater interaction among participants and teaching the benefits of working together to achieve results. I look forward to seeing the relationships between the groups continue to flourish.”
Mary Gilmore, Project Coordinator, said:
“This project has cemented good relationships between both groups and delivered a range of workshops that specifically meet the needs of young people in Rasharkin. We’ve been able to encourage young people from different backgrounds to come together, in some cases for the first time, to learn more about each other’s culture.
“The activities have also had a fun social focus too. It has been rewarding to see so many friendships made and bridges built between people who otherwise may have had no positive contact with each other. They can all be proud of their achievements and I hope the legacy and friendships from this project will continue to benefit Rasharkin for many years to come.”
The Rasharkin Community Youth Project received £106,036 from the International Fund for Ireland through its Integrating Community Organisations Programme and was supported by the Rural Development Council and Ballymoney Borough Council.