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2014 Outreach Programme

July - Dec

The second half of the Outreach Programme 2014 continued the success and impact from the first half of 2014. Workshops in Music, Dance & Art continued, taking place across the province in Ardoyne, Ballycastle, Ballyclaire, Ballyduff, Ballyearl, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Glengormley, Limavady, Merville, Monkstown, Moyle & Newtownabbey.
In July & August the WOMAD programme moved to Newtownabbey & Ballymoney as part of youth summer schemes. Workshops included Ugandan Gaze dance, Ghanaian music & dance, Polish and Indian arts.

The Newtownabbey programme was funded by Newtownabbey Borough Council and workshops were hosted in Glengormley, Monkstown, Ballyearl, Ballyduff, Ballyclaire & Merville.

Young people from Ballyduff also performed their Ugandan Gaze Dance at the shoreline festival. Thomas & Aidie from Ghanaian dance & drum group, Akrowa, also performed at the event.

In Ballymoney through the Globetrotters summer scheme there was a week special combined workshop of Polish & India arts & crafts. Two large pieces were produced and the children got to make their own artwork which they could keep.

The Globetrotter programme was funded through Ballymoney Borough Council youth service.

In September 2014 Coleraine, Limavady & Moyle joined the WOMAD programme with a two week programme of workshops leading to a large showcase event for Culture Night Coleraine. Under the theme 'A culture of peace' the two week programme was funded through from the United Community Division of OFMDFM and the Community Relations Council.

36 workshops took place throughout the three council districts leading to a large WOMAD showcase event that took place in Coleraine Town Hall on Culture Night 19th September. The groups that took part were: Roevalley Community Association (Limavady), The Glens Youth Club (Limavady), Limavady Council Staff, The Glens Youth Club (Moyle, The Den (Moyle), Armoy Primary School (Moyle), St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's Primary School (Moyle), Bushmills Primary School (Moyle), Polish Saturday School (Coleraine), CRUN (Coleraine), Damhead Primary School (Coleriane), St. Columba's Primary (Kilrea, Coleraine), Coleraine Multi-cultural Forum (Coleraine), Corrymeela & Ballycastle Residents (Moyle).

Three Special WOMAD artists flew in for the project. Ripton Lindsay (Jamaica), Aidie Baako (Ghana), Landing Mane (Senegal).

And to round off WOMAD in Northern Ireland 2014 a very unique project took place...

An event on 29th November in Bushmills brought together two very innovative community relations arts projects:
  • The Lion & The Den (Bushmills)
  • Programme for InterCultural Arts Support (Ardoyne, Belfast)

The Lion & the Den was one of the legacies from September 2014 WOMAD activities in Coleraine, Limavady & Moyle.

Young people from the Den have been engaged on an empowerment programme through the arts working alongside Jamaican artist from WOMAD, Ripton Lindsay.

The project is to mentor young people to become community ambassadors and recently in November past Ripton returned to Bushmills to work with the young lads from the Den on a one week programme leading up to an event with young people from Ardoyne.

Young people from John Paul Youth Club Ardoyne through the Beyond Skin PICAS programme have started a project exploring Kurdish & Irish culture, Muslim beliefs & traditions and Islam led by Karwan Shareef.

The Programme for InterCultural Arts Support (PICAS) is a new Community Arts Programme initiative supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland offering a range of opportunities to support the delivery of key areas of the Arts Council Intercultural Arts Strategy. The Purpose of the programme is to encourage and foster initiatives in the intercultural arts arena. This two year programme has been designed to assist communities and individuals, artists and activists to support the Intercultural Arts Strategy.

Ripton has also worked with John Paul Youth Club through the WOMAD in Northern Ireland outreach programme.

In a shared workshop held on 29th September 2014 in Bushmills, youth groups from Ardoyne & Bushmills groups met and took part in Jamaican dance, Kurdish music and language activities.

The event was also attended by the chair of Moyle District Council, Councillor Donal Cunningham.

The projects were funded by Moyle District Council good relations, Unite Against Hate & the Arts Council Northern Ireland (through Community Arts Partnership).



2014 was a spectacular year for WOMAD that brought the total of council districts reached to 13

A Full WOMAD 2014 report will be online soon.

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