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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Good Relations Week Goes Virtual for 2020
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The Community Relations Council has announced its annual Good Relations Week will go virtual for 2020 – and they want everyone in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area to get involved.

Good Relations Week will run from Monday 14th to Monday 21st September 2020 and bring a dynamic programme of community relations focused events and digital content to a new virtual audience.

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The theme for the free online showcase is ‘Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future.’ as it celebrates the efforts of people and communities in tackling sectarianism and racism and promoting cultural diversity in Northern Ireland.

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The Community Relations Council, in partnership with local Councils, is encouraging local groups and organisations, statutory bodies and local businesses to get involved and host an online event or create a piece of digital content that demonstrates the spirit of good community relations in 2020.

This could be a streamed musical or dance performance, an interactive lecture, a virtual tour or exhibition, an online workshop or a collaborative podcast. Archive material from 30-years of building united communities together is also welcome and can comprise of a compilation video of film footage, photography, or interviews.

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Martin McDonald MBE, Chair of the Community Relations Council, said: “The Community Relations Council is excited to launch Good Relations Week 2020 as a virtual festival in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This is a big year for us as we celebrate 30 years of investment in outstanding community relations work, and we are determined to deliver an online experience that will bring the magic of Good Relations Week into people’s everyday lives.”

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council added: “During the pandemic we’ve learnt again the importance of human connection. Moving Good Relations Week on-line is a great opportunity to reach new audiences.  We want to give everyone the chance to be part of this year’s celebrations.  We encourage organisations and people to showcase their outstanding good relations efforts by getting involved. If you don’t know about all the great community relations work that goes on around you, join some of the events online this year”

Alderman Mark Fielding, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: “Good Relations Week is an initiative that we have supported for many years. It provides an important opportunity to showcase the good work that goes on within our Borough and throughout the country all year to promote mutual respect and heal divisions between people of differing backgrounds and cultures. Our own Good Relations team are developing some plans and I would encourage you to get involved by attending an event or organising one of your own.”

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.

To get involved in Good Relations Week 2020 register your interest at www.goodrelationsweek.com

For groups within Causeway Coast and Glens who are thinking of organising an event for Good Relations Week, funding may be available from the Building a United Community Fund. Please email goodrelations@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk to find out more.

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