Derry is set to mark this year’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, with a number of events taking place in the local area.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), it is running from Monday, September 18 – Sunday, September 24, with more than 160 events taking place across Northern Ireland.

The initiative, which supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, sees government departments, community groups, local councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host a wide range of events from exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more – all based this year around the theme of ‘Safe Space: Shared Place’.

Eighteen events are taking place in the Derry City and Strabane District, including those organised by Derry & Strabane District Council, Libraries NI, National Museums Northern Ireland, North West Play Resource Centre, St Columb’s Park House, and the Education Authority.

Events include a seminar with author Johnston McMaster, organised by The Junction. Frances Quinn will also perform from her extensive repertoire of Irish and multi-cultural stories at Derry Central Library; the Nerve Centre Cinema will host a Polish film night; and a seminar at Ulster University’s Magee campus – Peace and Tourism: Advancing peace through harnessing the potential of tourism – will examine how sites of memory, conflict and peace can underpin regeneration and transition.

For more information on events happening in the area, visit community-relations.org.uk where a copy of the programme is available for download.

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.

“The number and variety of independently organised events that are part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2017 is testament to the work undertaken by members of our local communities each and every day and the positive change it is making for all of us here,” she adds.

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.

For more information on events happening in your area, visit community-relations.org.uk where a copy of the programme is available for download.

You can keep up to date with Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2017 on Facebook and Twitter and by using the hashtag #CRWeek17.

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