Events to mark community relations week

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A number of events will be taking place from Monday across Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon to mark Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week.

The theme is ‘One place, many people’ and the events are designed to promote cultural diversity and tackle sectarianism and racism.

Celebrations begin on Tuesday with a performance of Bassam in the Market Place Theatre, Armagh at 7.30. Written by Sligo-based Israeli director Idan Meir and performed by the Donegal based Palestinian actor Fadl Mustapha, Bassam is a powerful drama based on the personal story of Bassam Aramin, co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement Combatants for Peace.

Prior to the performance there will be a panel discussion involving individuals telling their own personal journey through the Northern Ireland conflict with an opportunity for questions from the audience.

There will also be a post-show discussion with Idan Meir and Fadl Mustapha. This is a free event. To book your place or for further details contact Susan Burns on 0300 0300 900.

Bridge Integrated Primary School, Banbridge, on Thursday, October 1 at 7pm is the venue for a talk hosted by Banbridge Good Relations Forum and delivered by guest speaker Linda Ervine of Turas at East Belfast Mission. The theme of this free event is Protestants and the Irish Language. To book, phone Susan Burns.

On Saturday, October 3 the Meadows Shopping Centre, Portadown, will be buzzing with ‘People Make Places’ from 12.30-4pm. The event will feature local musicians, dancers, cultural traditions and food.

This free family event is suitable for all ages and booking is not required.

Saturday also sees a number of shared history tours. In the morning there will be ‘The Cathedrals of Armagh City’ tour led by historian Dr Eamon Phoenix. The cost is £10 per person.

The afternoon tour entitled ‘Development of Linen Industry in Upper Bann’ will be delivered by Dr Eamon Phoenix and local historian Plunkett Campbell. This driving tour, which requires personal transport, will begin at All Saints’ Church, Tullylish, Gilford, and will take in important historical sites along a six-mile route.

The cost is £5 per person. Pre-booking is essential for both tours, and booking and further details are available by contacting Pat Prunty at 0300 0300 900.

The week-long programme ends on Saturday, October 3 at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church Tullylish when the church and Tullylish Historical Society present an evening celebrating 150 years since the birth of the poet WB Yeats and will reflect on the area during the time of Rev W B Yeats, grandfather of the famous poet.

Dr Eamon Phoenix and Plunkett Campbell will deliver talks followed by poetry readings by Ann Nolan and music and singing by local

performers. Light refreshments will also be served. This is a free event and booking is not required but seating will be allocated on a first come first served basis.