Belfast Telegraph

City YOUnites for day of peace

During this time of international conflict, east Belfast was the stage this week for the city’s first YOUnite week in the lead up to the International Day of Peace.

Hundreds came to enjoy the art, music and multimedia activities events, which aimed to promote peace here in Northern Ireland and across the world.

WheelWorks Youth Arts worked alongside the organisers, Beyond Skin, Unite Against Hate and Belfast Metropolitan College, running digital imaging workshops with Belfast based professional WheelWorks artists.

Students checked out WheelWorks ArtCart. The purpose-built vehicle hosted workshops enabling young people to create their messages of peace using multimedia software, which were then projected on to the big screen at the September 21 event from 11am to 3pm.

The International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day, occurs annually every September 21. It is dedicated to peace and observed by many nations, political and military groups and people from across the globe.

“WheelWorks are delighted to be involved with this event,” said Sheelagh Colclough, WheelWorks ArtCart coordinator. “It’s a great global initiative for young people to get involved in using a really exciting multimedia artform.”

Marie-Therese McGivern, director and chief executive at Belfast Met welcomed the opportunity to get involved.

“We are a multi-cultural college and attract a diverse range of students from different backgrounds, ages, abilities and countries,” she said.

“Through this student led initiative we will continue to embrace and celebrate the Colleges’ diversity and help to inspire students and staff to work for a more peaceful, equitable and tolerant society.”

This project was supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

WheelWorks’ core funders are the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Youth Council for Northern Ireland, the Baring Foundation and Belfast City Council.

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