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Using art to fill in gaps of our reconciliation @DFATIrl

LEONARD Allan NIFUsing art to fill in gaps of our reconciliation: DFAT Reconciliation Networking Forum
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
14 December 2016

At the eleventh annual convening of a reconciliation network organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland), an afternoon panel discussion explored the role of the arts in Northern Ireland’s reconciliation process.

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Without fear or favour: 30 years of Troubled Images

LEONARD Allan NIFWithout fear or favour: 30 years of Troubled Images
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
28 November 2016

The latest incarnation of the Troubled Images project — the launch of a free downloadable iBook  — was cause for a reunion of sorts at the Linen Hall Library for the original team that compiled and published its original CD-ROM 15 years ago.

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Peace in, by and for communities #InPursuitofPeace film @SciencePoULB

Sophie AUMAILLEYPeace in, by and for communities #InPursuitofPeace film @SciencePoULB
by Sophie AUMAILLEY for Northern Ireland Foundation
5 December 2016

The organisation Nonviolent Peaceforce presented the documentary “In Pursuit of Peace” at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

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Unfinished Peace: Brian Rowan, journalist and author

DIAZ BarbaraUnfinished Peace: Brian Rowan, journalist and author
by Bárbara Orozco DÍAZ for Northern Ireland Foundation
30 November 2016

‘Unfinished Peace’ was a seminar organised by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University. Rory O’Connell (TIJ Director) welcomed all and introduced the journalist, Brian Rowan.

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Commission FICT: Stepping forwards to non-sectarian expressions of culture

Sophie AUMAILLEYCommision FICT: Stepping forwards to non-sectarian expressions of culture
by Sophie AUMAILLEY for Northern Ireland Foundation
24 November 2016

The membership of a new Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition was announced on 17 June 2016 by The Executive Office of Northern Ireland, to research issues on flags and culture, and to make recommendations within the next 18 months.

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A Lagan College birthday: The story of integrated education in Northern Ireland

LEONARD Allan NIFA Lagan College birthday: The story of integrated education in Northern Ireland
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
11 November 2016

Just past the reception desk is a small, black-and-white photography of the simple and utilitarian building that housed the first enrolment of students at Lagan College in 1981; today, celebrating its 35th birthday, the impressive expanse is testimony to the successful development of not only this school, but of integrated education in Northern Ireland.

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Branding peace: Public art in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland #ESRCfestival

DIAZ BarbaraBranding peace: Public art in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland
by Bárbara Orozco DIAZ for Northern Ireland Foundation
6 November 2016

As part of the Festival of Social Science, the event “Branding peace: Public art in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland” took place at the Black Box (Green Room).

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OPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy @WFDemocracy Strasbourg 2016

LEONARD Allan NIFOPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy: World Forum for Democracy: Strasbourg 2016
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
7 November 2016

The 600 seats of the hemicycle of the Council of Europe soon filled with young activists and seasoned practitioners at the 2016 gathering of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. I attended as part of a delegation from Northern Ireland, all beneficiaries of the Civic Activism Programme administered by Building Change Trust. Our objective was to learn and share experiences to improve democracy and equality through education.