Verbal projects showcased during Community Relations Week

The Verbal Arts Centre’s flagship event for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week, ‘One Place, Many People’, takes place today at the NICVA Centre, Belfast.

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The event will centre around two key Verbal purposeful storytelling projects, Crows on the Wire – Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts - and Reading Rooms, and we're delighted to be bringing together Reading Rooms' groups from Belfast and Derry to share their experiences.

Members of Orangefield Men’s Group Belfast Reading Room and Top 10 Women’s Drama Group/RathMor 50+ Derry~Londonderry, are taking part in the event which will include a short film screening of Crows on the Wire, based on the play by Jonathan Burgess exploring the transition of the RUC to PSNI.

The screening will feature clips from the original theatre performance in 2013, participants’ responses from facilitated discussions and contributions from Crows on the Wire Steering Group members.

Actors will also perform short scenes, followed by brief group discussion. The Reading Rooms session will follow with the poem, ‘Apothecary’ by Moyra Donaldson, and some reflection and responses to the event.

Dr Mhairi Sutherland, Community Engagement Facilitator with the Crows on the Wire project, said: “We are really delighted to have such a mix for this Community Relations Council event - gender, background and range of experiences - and I am sure there will be really stimulating conversations.

“Crows on the Wire - Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts - is aimed at bringing single and mixed identity groups together in Northern Ireland and the border regions, to foster dialogue, empathy and aid understanding.”

Crows on the Wire - Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts - is supported by the Reconciliation Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.


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