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An acorn matures: Book launch of Little House on a Peace Line (Tony MACAULAY)

An acorn matures: Book launch of Little House on a Peace Line (Tony MACAULAY)
by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News
27 June 2017

The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts was the venue for the launch of Tony Macaulay’s latest edition of growing up in the contested space of Northern Ireland: Little House on a Peace Line.

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Art, peace and reconciliation: In conversation with Rita DUFFY

Art, peace and reconciliation: In conversation with Rita DUFFY
by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News
11 May 2017

At the last lecture in the spring series of events hosted by the Mitchell Institute of Peace at Queen’s University Belfast, artist Rita Duffy conversed with Professor Fiona Magowan, on how she has applied her creativity to help better understand the world around her.

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NVTV Focal Point: Janice BEGGS

NVTV Focal Point: Janice BEGGS
by Allan LEONARD for Carnegie Oldpark
10 April 2017

Local community worker in north Belfast, Janice Beggs, was interviewed by NVTV, where she spoke about her recent receipt of the “Local Campaigner of the Year” award from the Sheila McKenzie Foundation, as well as her work as an area manager for the Lower Oldpark Community Association (LOCA).

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Heritage for regeneration: A walking tour of North Belfast Cultural Corridor @ImagineBelfast

Heritage for regeneration: A walking tour of North Belfast Cultural Corridor
by Allan LEONARD for Carnegie Oldpark
22 March 2017

As part of the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, participants walked along the North Belfast ‘Cultural Corridor’, ending up at Ulster University for a brief seminar on the potential of community-led regeneration utilising local architectural heritage.

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Le incertezze del’Irlanda del Nord (Swiss Radio RSI)

Le incertezze del’Irlanda del Nord (Swiss Radio RSI)
2 March 2017

Lorenzo AMUSO reported from Belfast for Swiss Radio RSI, on the impending 2017 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. He interviewed Allan LEONARD (Northern Ireland Foundation), Alan MEBAN (@alaninbelfast), John McCORRY (North Belfast Partnership), and Brian FEENEY (St Mary’s College).

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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 @TheLinenHall

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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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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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.

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Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast.

LEONARD Allan NIF

Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast.
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
27 October 2016

Walking past the students at their tabletops, working on their assignments with mock constructions at the School of Architecture at the Ulster University Belfast campus, there was no mistaking that I found the venue for the launch event for Successful Belfast, described in an advance notice by founding director of Belfast Buildings Trust, Ms Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, as “a city-focused think-tank”.