bric event brings curtain down on Knockmore and Tonagh Summer festival Week

Knockmore and Tonagh residents rounded off their recent Summer Festival Week with a unique cinema experience courtesy of the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (BRIC) programme.

bric event brings curtain down on Knockmore and Tonagh Summer festival Week

The crowds were out in force as they enjoyed a packed week-long timetable culminating in Saturday’s big event which saw the world’s only inflatable cinema thrill and entertain all those in attendance with a series of short films and documentaries.

The festival, which ran from August 10 to 17, was organised by Knockmore and Tonagh Community Associations and was supported by Lisburn City Council.

Speaking at the cinema event, Sarah Jane Patterson, Community Development Worker, said:

The BRIC programme has played a very positive role in cultivating and building community spirit in this area and these events have been yet another step towards cementing these relationships even further.

“Both Knockmore and Tonagh have benefited hugely from their involvement with BRIC and look forward to continuing their journey with the programme.

“This week has been an enormous boost to the local community and we are delighted to finish it all off with the inflatable cinema extravaganza which is such a special and distinctive event.

“Thanks are extended to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a memorable and successful week including the local residents, BRIC, Lisburn City Council and the Housing Executive.”

Saturday’s big screen spectacular is just one of a series of initiatives being delivered by the BRIC Programme as part of its aim to cultivate and build good relations within communities across Northern Ireland.

Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said:

“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.

“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.

“We are delighted to be able to work with both Knockmore and Tonagh Community Associations and are greatly encouraged by their continued enthusiasm and interest in the BRIC programme.”

Raj Thompson, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

“The inflatable cinema has provided a truly memorable finale to an exciting week of events and is testament to the hard work of the local residents and the support of Lisburn City Council and the BRIC Programme.

“The Housing Executive is delighted to be involved with the BRIC Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.”