Residents from totally different cultures in Belfast got here collectively just lately to have a good time town’s wealthy and rising range.
The Grand Tradition Café occasion at 2 Royal Avenue was held on Friday, June 17 as a part of Belfast Metropolis Council’s PEACE IV work. Amongst these in attendance had been representatives from the Indian, Chinese language, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Polish, Arabic, African and African-Caribbean communities.
It was the finale occasion of a collection from 2019 – performed each in individual and on-line – which showcased and celebrated Belfast’s wealthy cultural range. Working intently with totally different communities, the occasions shared the traditions, life, meals, cultural artefacts and language of numerous cultures that decision Belfast their dwelling.
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Two publications entitled ‘Belonging to Belfast’ had been additionally launched on the particular occasion. This included a ebook for kids, that includes interviews and data on all cultures that took half within the Tradition Café collection.
Councillor Mal O’Hara, Deputy Chair of Belfast Metropolis Council’s Shared Metropolis Partnership, stated: “Our Tradition Cafés shone a highlight on a spread of cultures right here within the metropolis. They’ve been imaginative and attention-grabbing and generated full of life conversations. I wish to thank all those that have contributed to the collection.
“The Tradition Cafés have additionally contributed to the goals of our Good Relations technique by rising information of numerous cultures, identities and heritage, creating respect for range, fostering an elevated sense of belonging and difficult racism and stereotypes too.
“We consider good relations is everybody’s enterprise – all of us have a task to play to create a brighter and higher future for Belfast. All of us have variations and similarities and that may be a lovely factor to be celebrated.”
The PEACE IV programme is an EU funded cross-border initiative supporting peace and reconciliation in Northern Eire and the border area. The programme is financed by way of the European Union and managed by the Particular EU Programmes Physique (SEUPB).
For extra data on the programme, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/PEACEIV
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