Carrickfergus hosting Community Relations Week events

Jacqueline Irwin, chief executive,  Community Relations Council.
Jacqueline Irwin, chief executive, Community Relations Council.

A number of events are to be held in Carrickfergus to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awarenes Week.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), the ‘Safe Space: Shared Place’ programme is running September 18 – 24,

The initiative, which supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, sees government departments, community groups, councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more.

Events include ‘Safe Space, Shared Place?’ at Carrickfergus Civic Centre, inviting the people of Mid and East Antrim to have their say on the borough, focusing on shared and safe spaces, facilitated by broadcaster William Crawley.

The programme also includes ‘Polish Airforce in WWII’ exhibition at Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre and a talk and discussion with Historian Philip Orr at Carrickfergus Library examining how communities look back at World War One events today.

Jacqueline Irwin, chief executive of the Community Relations Council, says: “We have chosen the theme Safe Space: Shared Place to allow us to show how many safe and shared spaces we have here. Not just physical spaces, but space in how we think about each other.

“We want to draw attention to the work that is going on all the time to broaden and deepen our sense of safety and to create even more spaces that are shared by all of us. The week is an opportunity to showcase the ways in which people are making room for each other and getting involved in helping people feel safe to share sport, drama, film, food, arts, culture, music, debate, talks, tours and everything that can make life good here.”

Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is coordinated by CRC with support from The Executive Office, the Department for Communities, the Department of Justice and other government agencies.