PEACE IV Project “Same Difference” Celebrates Event
This Celebrate event takes place on Tuesday December 11th at 7pm in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton and is the culmination of this project “Same Difference”, a PEACE IV ‘Diversity through Arts’ Project’s work with 45 children aged 9 to 12 years old in Manorhamilton, Drumshanbo and Carrick on Shannon.
This diverse project was a partnership between Youth Work Ireland North Connaught and Artists Kate Wilson, Róisín Loughrey and Devon MacGillivary in collaboration with the children.
This project is being funded by EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and provided opportunities for the children aged 9 -12 years old to share experiences and increase acceptance of diversity.
The groups worked over the past months through the medium of film, music and dance to learn about each other’s culture and appreciate difference and similarities, thus being able to express themselves in a safe way and understand the importance of continued peace building.
It explored the theme of divergence and congruence through the media of dance, film and sound, drawing directly from the participants own experiences and perceptions. Working together in a fun and inclusive environment the groups were supported through games and explorations to develop their trust in each other, the facilitators and processes. Discussions and explorations took the shape of individual and group work, inviting participants on a journey to question and deepen their understanding of ‘difference’ as well as to discover pathways for both common ground and incompatibility.
This is explored both as the theme as well as an investigation between the art forms. The group also had a trip to Derry to further explore the theme through fun and games. On the Celebrates event night the three groups will be preforming.