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Libraries NI hosts free online events to celebrate Good Relations Week 2020

Libraries NI has an exciting, virtual programme of events planned to celebrate Good Relations Week 2020 which will run from Monday 14 – Monday 21 September. View details of all virtual library events and how to join in.​​

This year’s Good Relations Week marks 30 years of celebrating outstanding community relations work and brings a dynamic programme of community relations focused events and digital content to a new virtual audience. Libraries NI will host events inspired by the Good Relations Week theme Human Connections - Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future through our online platforms. 

Events on the Libraries NI YouTube channel each weekday include children’s Storytime sessions at 2:30pm and Storytelling sessions by internationally renowned storytellers at 8:00pm. Makaton Rhymes and Crafts on Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 September at 11:00am will be available via social media and a live Makaton Rhythm and Rhyme session will take place via Zoom on Thursday 17 September at 11:00am. 

A Creative writing session Celebrating our Journey, Embracing our Future will also take place via Zoom on Wednesday 16 September at 2:00pm. Alongside these events Libraries NI will use social media to recommend a number of books that explore the issues of disability, cultural diversity and racism.

Members of The Good Relations Week Steering group launch Good Relations Week 2020 including Libraries NI TSE Community Project Officer, Nikki Terlik. 

Members of The Good Relations Week Steering group launch Good Relations Week 2020 including Libraries NI TSE Community Project Officer, Nikki Terlik.

  

Patricia Walker, Libraries NI Service Development Manager said; 

“Good Relations Week this year is going to be slightly different with all events delivered through online platforms. We would hope this provides the opportunity for even more people to join us in celebrating the fantastic work of communities in promoting cultural diversity in Northern Ireland. I would encourage everyone to get involved in making Good Relations Week 2020 a great celebration of Northern Ireland’s culture and heritage.” 

Nisha Tandon, Board member of the Community Relations Council added; 

“This is a big year for us as we celebrate 30 years of investment in outstanding community relations work, and we are delighted to deliver over 150 online events that will showcase the fantastic efforts of people and communities in tackling sectarianism and racism and promoting cultural diversity. This online experience will demonstrate the spirit of good relations to a new virtual audience and make this year’s Good Relations Week a modern celebration of Northern Ireland’s diverse culture and heritage.”

Jacqueline Irwin CEO of Community Relations Council said “Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s programme – the energy behind the week is your enthusiasm, commitment and imagination. We hope Good Relations Week 2020 will inspire everyone to get involved in bringing local people together to help each other and, in so doing, build trusting relationships and a happier future too.”   

View details of all virtual library events and how to join in.