Community Relations Week gets local backing

THE District has lent its backing to Community Relations Week, which takes place from May 20-26.

There are over 180 events taking place across Northern Ireland on the theme Expressing Identity Addressing Division.

Among events taking place is a ‘World Artists United’ evening at Gilford Community Hall on Friday, May 24 from 7pm-10pm.

It will feature an evening of folk and roots music and storytelling with musicians from around the world.

This will give the people of Gilford and beyond the chance to learn about other cultures through music. Contact Darren Ferguson on 078 7775 6987 for more detail.

On Saturday, May 25, a bus trip to Derry-Londonderry has been organised under the theme ‘Understanding Our Past’.

Participants will take a guided walking tour of the city walls and Bogside murals, which will give an insight into our shared past, dispelling myths to encourage dialogue.

Booking is required, contact Marion Mitchell on 406 60600 for more information.

Amongst those giving the week their backing were Independent Unionist MLA John McCallister who said, “Community Relations Week is all about building hope for the future, encouraging us to realise that community and voluntary organisations in partnership with government, can learn the skills necessary to build relationships and bridge division.”

A full listing of Community Relations Week events can be found at and printed programmes can be obtained from local libraries.