Derry City & Strabane - May 2019 Newsletter




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May 2019 Newsletter

PEACE IV – May 2019 Newsletter.

Field Notes.

‘What could make a difference?

What would matter a damn?

What could change the course of us

In the long run?

What have we put in the way of rolling

Once more over the cliff?

What have we never tried,

Or never enough?’

Extract from ‘Field Notes’ by Damian Gorman

‘Valued Voices’ Towards Understanding and Healing & Junction (PEACE IV/CRC/DFA)

A word from the PEACE IV Board Chair.

‘You only ever hear the bad news stories…’ people say. So read on. Be encouraged. Please. Help us share news of good work for reconciliation that is going on across our council area and in our communities. ‘Local participants, workers and volunteers are amazing and deserve credit for their enthusiastic work on PEACE IV projects and other efforts at peace-building,’ says Alison Wallace (Chair of the PEACE IV Board). ‘With the allocation of another £190,247 to 7 small grants projects our £6.7 million PEACE IV programme in our council area now has 65 projects in total ranging from £19,000 to £500,000. We cover geography from Newtownstewart and Castlederg to Foyleside and Faughan – the city, towns, rural and cross-border areas.’

Feature: Launch of the ‘ARCH’ Project in The Alley Theatre.

Have you ever seen St Columba do the Floss!?  On Wednesday, 1st May, young people from schools across the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area did just that when they made their way to the Alley Theatre in Strabane to help celebrate the launch of the ARCH Project.

Delivered by the North West Cultural Partnership, The ARCH Project (Arts, Reconciliation, Culture and Heritage), is an ambitious and innovative creative arts programme which will engage with 600 children and young people aged 8 to 14 across the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area and wider cross border region.  The ARCH Project will comprise of a series of day trips to places of historical interest across the wider council area, a series of themed workshops which will explore drama, music, art, dance and film making, a special matinee performance of the Walled City Tattoo, a residential visit, and a final family day and celebration event.

For more information: Pauline Gardiner 02871 265 869 or by email,

PEACE IV in Photos…

Young People get Active for PEACE!


Young People ‘Take Back The Streets’. In Your Space Circus, UV Arts , Create Dance and Jump NI use performance arts, graffiti and street running to help young people turn the city into a playground and interactive obstacle course.  The series of cross-community workshops will lead to a youth take-over of the city for a week in July.

Cross-Cultural Pairing Project (RAPID). Young people from Claudy, Newbuildings, Syria, Egypt and Poland celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival by learning Tai Chi, eating traditional moon cake and learning the history behind the festival.

Natural Peace Building. ‘Common Ground’ Tullyally & Currynierin Cross-Interface Project. Learning about the River Faughan and its environment together. (St.Columb’s Park House)

Waterside Shared Village (WNP) Terrific Two's programme.  The programme consisted of a range of different activities throughout the 26 weeks with a group of parents and children from TOTH/Irish Street and surrounding areas.  It culminated in a graduation ceremony for the children who will be going to nursery next year.

Adults are active for PEACE too!

‘Beyond Tokenism’ Capacity Building Project (Holywell Consultancy)

‘Connecting Rural Communities’ Project (RAPID). Irina talking about Matryoshka dolls with Wallace and Margot at a Multi Cultural event for older people in rural areas. An afternoon of food, music, dance and culture from India, the Carribbean, Poland and Russia.

'Youth Workers and Teachers at a workshop recently hosted by Gaslight Media Trust receive their ‘Facilitating JustUs’ certificates.'

Uniting Communities Through Sport (DCSD Council). Sports Coaches from 6 sports – Cricket, Rugby, Gaelic, Rugby, Soccer, Boxing – working together on shared cross-community training programmes.

Wider opportunities: Why not get involved yourself?

1. Youth 19. Massive programme of events for youth aged 12-24! See

2. Circus, Parkour, Street Dance, Urban/Graffiti Art?

3. Churches Trust ‘Celebrating Commonality, Celebrating Difference’ Project

New course starting in spring. Contact:

4. Shared Spaces – Bonds Street, Shepherd’s Glen & Triangle area. A series of free family fun days and trips etc is planned for July 2019. Expression of interest forms will be available from 1st July. Also ‘Older Peoples Tourist in Our Own City Trips.’ Series of day trips in May/June daytime Wednesdays/Fridays. Pick ups/drop offs from Waterside Old Health Centre. Contact Fiona on 02871347799 for more information on either of these.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s PEACE IV Programme is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

For further information on the local council programme contact: or visit our website