Natural Connections Photographic Exhibition, Colin Glen Library – 20th September

Belfast Exposed is delighted to partner with Translink on a photography competition to capture the ‘Natural Connections’ which has sustained, surrounded, supported and encouraged people and communities since 23 March 2020, the first day of lockdown.

This last year will leave a permanent memory on the lives of people around the world. A number of everyday life experiences have become an essential part of our wellbeing. The importance of nature in our lives, from a small flower in a garden to climbing a newly discovered hill, or just sitting on a beach listening to the waves, never before has the connection to nature become more crucial.

The exhibition can be viewed during library hours.

Contact branch for details t: 028 9043 1266 e: colinglen.library@librariesni.org.uk

Community Garden – Reimaged

The Resurgam Trust are opening their Community Garden in Old Warren Estate which celebrates the work of the late Freemen, Ald Ivan Davis OBE, in Lisburn City.

Resurgam will showcase the garden which includes a ‘Tree of Life’ and their mural depicting the book, ‘Conflict to Peace, Our Community Transformation’.

Lisburn PSP deliver Managing Community Change. Community enablers who have made the transition from Conflict to Peace together deliver a programme in community to ensure this transition is used to support community change and in particular young adults. There has been a rise in the number of these groups that support those involved in the conflict and how they have progressed through a period of transition.

A community garden has replaced what was once a paramilitary memorial garden and depicts the front cover of this book, an indication of the journey travelled.

Young Hearts and Minds Conference 2021

This promotional video for Action Trama’s Youth Conference: Young Hearts and Minds. This is a one-day conference which will be held on the 20th & 21st October at the La Mon Hotel.

Young Hearts & Minds Conference is for everyone who has a passion for the well-being and mental health of children and young people. This is an opportunity to explore how to start the healing process and beat the long-term effects of early trauma, which can have a serious impact on a child’s development, throughout their youth, and into adulthood. These impacts of mental health, happen far and wide across our community and we aim to provide support and resources for those working with vulnerable children and young adults.

Early Years Members join Good Relations Week 2020 Celebrations – Jolly Rodgers Day Nursery

Early years practitioners, children and parents from Jolly Rodgers Day Nursery in Lisburn, recently benefited from the engagement in the evidence-based Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) Respecting Difference Programme.

This was delivered by Early Years – the organisation for young children and funded through the Community Relations Council, who aim to promote a peaceful and shared society based on reconciliation and mutual trust.

The Swanzy Riots, 1920 – Online Exhibition

‘The Swanzy Riots, 1920’ details events in Lisburn following the assassination of R.I.C. District Inspector Oswald Ross Swanzy in Market Square. The murder, by members of the Cork and Belfast I.R.A., led to two nights and three days of vicious rioting, looting and burning, largely aimed at the town’s Catholic community.

Using photographs, artefacts, videos, books and uniforms, this exhibition told the story of a significant – but not well known – event in Lisburn’s rich history, and its part in the wider story of the War of Independence (1919-1922).

PeacePlayers – Celebrating Peace Building and Community Relations Through Sport

This video tells the story of AJ and Rachel, two female PeacePlayers participants from Northern Ireland. Both girls, now 19, grew up on either side of an interface, a so-called peace line, in north Belfast. They first met over 10 years ago as participants in PeacePlayers primary school twinning programme.

AJ attended Wheatfield, a predominantly Protestant primary school and Rachel, Holy Cross Girls a Catholic primary school. Back in 2001 these two schools made international headlines for all the wrong reasons. Due to tensions in the area, parents and their children who attended these schools got caught up in an ugly sectarian stand off.

In the video AJ and Rachel describe how their PeacePlayers journey has helped them to develop and strong and genuine cross community friendship. A friendship that is so strong that it feels like “missing an arm” when the other is not around. The video also shows how, inspired by their PeacePlayers experience, both girls now employed as PeacePlayers sessional coaches are committed to giving back and to making their contribution to peace-building and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and beyond.

They pose an important challenge to our leaders requesting that efforts be made to remove the institutional barriers in education, housing and politics, which continue to serve as barriers limiting further progress. Whilst the physical peace-lines in Belfast remain, the AJ and Rachel story shows how the power of sport has and continues to help to remove the barriers that exist in people heads.

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