Antrim is supporting Community Relations Week 2014 and its theme ‘Building a United Community’ with events planned as part of some 170 happening across Northern Ireland.
Community Relations Week is organised by the Community Relations Council and includes events run by local councils, public bodies, schools, and community and voluntary sector organisations.
Antrim Borough Council have organised a multi-cultural tea dance for senior citizens at the Old Courthouse on Wednesday, June 4 from 2pm to 4pm.
Senior citizens will take part in dances from across the world and learn about other cultures and traditions. There will be a Polish dance demonstration and interactive workshop provided by ArtsEkta.
On Saturday, June 14, there will be a Chinese cultural event with a Dragon boat race at Antrim Lough Shore.
This event will explore Chinese culture and traditions and includes a Dragon Boat Race, Chinese Arts and Crafts, Dragon Treasure Hunt, Fan dance and Dragon Dance. Demonstrations and interactive arts workshop provided by ArtsEkta.
The Northern Health and Social Care Trust have organised a multi cultural awareness event for medical staff at Antrim Area Hospital on Friday, June 20.
This multi-cultural event is an opportunity for discussion involving representatives from ethnic minority organisations along with representatives from catering and interpreting, medical staff, patients and their families attending Antrim Hospital on the date of the event.
This event is only open to patients and their families attending Antrim Area Hospital on the day of the event.
Jacqueline Irwin, CRC’s Chief Executive, said: “Building a united community is as urgent now as it was when the peace agreement was signed in 1998. We have plenty of examples of our capacity to slip back into animosity and old ways of thinking. There is no room for complacency.
“Community Relations Week is always an opportunity to showcase the great work that goes on quietly all year round to build and sustain relationships. It is a time to celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of our community and the many imaginative ways in which we are building a shared cultural region.
“We are grateful to everyone who is organising or attending events during the week. Your personal commitment to good community relations is changing this place. Your energy and enthusiasm is the fabric of our peace.”
A full listing of Community Relations Week events can be found at www.nicrc.org.uk and printed programmes can be obtained from local libraries.