Good Relations Week set to celebrate 30 years of peace building and cultural diversity

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Good Relations Week 2020
Lord Mayor Kevin Savage and Deputy Lord Mayor Kyle Savage join Peter Day, Director of Engagement at the Community Relations Council and John McCallister, Board Member of the Community Relations Council, to launch virtual Good Relations Week 2020 which this year celebrates 30 years of peace building and cultural diversity.

Local groups and organisations in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough showcase good relations efforts as part of the virtual celebrations.

Good Relations Week 2020 will celebrate 30 years of peace-building and cultural diversity with local groups and organisations across the Borough showcasing their good relations efforts as part of the virtual celebrations.

This year’s virtual Good Relations Week, delivered by the Community Relations Council, will run from Monday 14th to Monday 21st September 2020 and include a virtual programme of over 150 online events and digital content from a diverse range of groups and organisations.

The theme for the online showcase is ‘Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future’ and the programme of events and content will include online workshops, Zoom lectures, online panel discussions, podcasts, digital storytelling and virtual exhibitions.

The online events and digital content will explore topics such as tackling sectarianism and racism, cultural diversity, dealing with the past, faith, sport, young people and language.

Event and Content organisers include community and voluntary organisations, local councils, Libraries NI, the Education Authority, Ulster Rugby, Queen’s University, and Ulster University.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Kevin Savage commented: “Good Relations Week presents an opportunity for us to celebrate the fantastic work that goes on all year round through our Community Development Department’s Good Relations team. They ensure cultural diversity is celebrated, and through their work they are able to reduce the prevalence of hate crime and intimidation, and improve attitudes between young people from different backgrounds.”

John McCallister, Board Member of the Community Relations Council added: “This is a big year for us as we celebrate 30 years of investment in outstanding community relations work, and we are delighted to deliver over 150 online events that will showcase the fantastic efforts of people and communities in tackling sectarianism and racism and promoting cultural diversity.

“This online experience will demonstrate the spirit of good relations to a new virtual audience and make this year’s Good Relations Week a modern celebration of Northern Ireland’s diverse culture and heritage.”

Peter Day, Director of Engagement at the Community Relations Council said: “Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s programme – the energy behind the week is your enthusiasm, commitment and imagination. We hope Good Relations Week 2020 will inspire everyone to get involved in bringing local people together to help each other and, in so doing, build trusting relationships and a happier future too.”

Good Relations Week is supported by The Executive Office, Department for Communities, Department of Justice and the Education Authority Northern Ireland and contributes to achieving the Together: Building a United Community Strategy.

For more information on Good Relations Week 2020 online programme of events and content visit: www.goodrelationsweek.com or keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GRWeek2020.