bric programme brings Peace One Day celebrations to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland will play its part in this year’s Peace One Day celebrations with a unique free cinema experience at the grounds of City Hall, Belfast on September 20th.
Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) programme, the event will feature the world’s only inflatable cinema where guests will be able to view the latest Peace One Day movie and its work to create a worldwide sustainable peace. Scheduled to run from 10am until 4pm, the film focuses on the work of filmmaker Jeremy Gilley who in 1999 made it his mission to persuade the world to lay down its weapons for one day.
In 2001, Jeremy’s vision was realised when the UN declared a global day of ceasefire and non-violence in September. Twelve years on, and Peace One Day is now internationally recognised as a day to celebrate humanitarian activities around the world and the efforts to reunite families, deliver mosquito nets, food aid and medicine packages. Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said the work of the Peace One Day campaign resonates with that of the bric project.
“The work of the bric Programme is varied but at the heart of it all is the same ethos of maximising community spirit and good relations through our work with community groups and the Housing Executive.
“This is now the third year of the bric programme and in that time we have been able to assist 88 groups with support for events like this, art projects, hands-on training and practical advice, all aimed at building better relations in local communities.
“Both bric and the Peace One Day campaign play hugely positive roles in the cultivation and building of human relations and community spirit and we are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile event.”
Screenings of the Peace One Day film are free and will last approximately 45 minutes each. However, places are strictly limited.
Anyone who wishes to attend the Peace One Day event should RSVP Jonathan Walmsley with your chosen screening time by noon on Wednesday, September 18: JWalmsley@rdc.org.uk or telephone: 028 867 66980.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Walmsley, Communications Officer for the BRIC Programme within the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council on 028 9043 8180 or 028 8676 6980.
Notes to Editor The BRIC programme is delivered through three distinctive and complementary themes. ‘Changing Minds’ focuses on delivering a bespoke Good Relations training programme to Housing Executive staff from board level to the housing estate wardens plus residents groups from housing estates across Northern Ireland. ‘Sharing Visions’ will create opportunities which will provide Housing Executive with the skills to influence the re-imaging of up to two physical interfaces while ‘Crossing borders’ will use a cross-border approach to the analysis of the housing market with a view to facilitate better planning in the border areas.
The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.
The PEACE III Programme is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.