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International Peace Day and Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week

22 September 2015

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, joined people from all over the world in marking International Peace Day, which took place on Monday 21 September. Individuals and groups from all over the world took the opportunity to show their commitment to peace and a future free from violence. 

Lighting a flame to mark the occasion, Councillor Hogg commented, “Days like today give us time out to remember what it is like for people who suffer the effects of conflict and look at what each of us can do to contribute to a peaceful future.”


He also chose International Peace Day to launch Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week. Over 180 events celebrating diversity, highlighting best practice and examining what it means to share one place as many different people, events are taking place across Northern Ireland to mark this Week. 

Museum at the Mill at Mossley Mill will host ‘One Place Many Faces’ from Saturday 26 September to Saturday 3 October.  It’s amazing how with a little paint, external images are easily changed so this event challenges us to not judge on appearance.  The majority of images are of masks decorated using ultraviolet paints by young people attending the BEAT (Be Educated, Be Active, Be Together) programme.  The programme ran in Crumlin, Randalstown, Rathenraw, Muckamore, New Mossley and Longlands/ Bawnmore over the summer period. It’s definitely worth a visit!

The Templeton Hotel will be the venue for the Leading Ladies event which is a local launch of Toward Understanding and Healing’s ‘To Tell You the Truth’ on the 1 October by Eamonn Baker, featuring readings from some of the book’s contributors, including some of our own local leading ladies.  If you missed it first time round, you might be interested in the special free screening of Gnomeo & Juliet taking place in the newly refurbished Glengormley Pavilion on Sunday 4 October at 3.30pm. 

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of CRC said, “There is one message that we hope everyone will get from the Week: Nothing about the future can be taken for granted. The job of learning to live peacefully is not yet done and if we want this place to be positive and inclusive, we all have to play a part in making it so at village, town, city and regional levels.”

For further details on other events taking place during Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week or the Good Relations programme, contact Claire Fox or Valerie Crozier-Nicholl on 028 9034 0000 or visit www.nicrc.org.uk.  Space is limited for the Leading Ladies event and Gnomeo & Juliet so please reserve your place by contacting T: 028 9034 0017.