PEACE III Stars Shine at Celebration Event

Over 100 young people from Craigavon, Armagh, Banbridge and Newry and Mourne areas attended a showcase event to celebrate the end of the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and organised through Investing in Our Future..

CeleEventThe event was organised by the Southern Cluster Partnership with Craigavon Borough Council being the delivery agent for this priority. Investing in Our Future is one of seven priorities across the Southern Cluster area, including Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne. This priority is one of seven across the Southern area and is led by Newry and Mourne Council. The event featured performances, films and presentations from a range of groups who have taken part in projects delivered through the Investing in Our Future priority, one of seven priorities outlined in the Partnership’s Beyond Tolerance Strategy.  The programme worked with a large number of young people throughout the Southern Cluster area to reduce racism and sectarianism.

Speaking at the event, Dr James McCammick, Joint Chair of the Southern Cluster Partnership, explained:

“Investing in Our Future has been delivered mainly through four programmes, a consortia programme, training and development programme, a creative young people’s programme and a creative art and drama programme. Though as other needs were identified additional programmes were added; such as local projects in each council area, a programme led apprenticeship scheme and a film making project.  At the event, many of the young people took the time to talk with other groups involved in the many programmes delivered through Investing in Our Future, to find out more about the work undertaken as part of this innovative and engaging programme”

The evening was hosted by Cool FM’s Sonya Mac, and some of the highlights included performances from two bands who have taken part in workshop organised by Making Music; a presentation from the Belfast Giants, who worked closely with Fuse Youth; and a film called Express Craigavon Halloween – created by young people who worked with BNL productions in scripting, producing and directing a very scary movie!

Include everyone in sportThe University of Ulster Sports Academy, who have led a series of sport and good relations programmes through Investing in Our Future, were on hand to talk about their own unique project.  As part of their programme, primary schools took part in physical activity and inclusion and diversity workshops to promote intercultural awareness.  Following the workshops each pupil designed a poster, highlighting how sport can be used to assist cultural inclusion. These posters were entered into a competition, with the winning artwork turned into a mural by artist Adrian Harrison.  On the night, Lee Leonard, from St Patrick’s Primary School in Armagh unveiled his winning entry.

The event marked the end of the Investing in Our Future programme, but signalled the beginning of the legacy that had been created.