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Saturday 29 August 2015

Pupils in fine voice for peace initiative

By John Mulgrew

Published 08/11/2012

A primary school choir made up of pupils from across the community have joined together in harmony in Londonderry to mark the launch of a new peace initiative.

Children from the cross-community Foyle Contested Spaces Choir helped launch the Bright Brand New Day scheme at First Derry Presbyterian Church yesterday morning.

Pupils from a range of age groups joined together to entertain the large crowds.

Among those at the event was Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, along with guests from both Catholic and Protestant communities in the city.

The Bright Brand New Day scheme is an initiative made up of a series of monthly conversations addressing divisive issues, taking place at different venues on both sides of the River Foyle.

The series is set to feature noteworthy national and international speakers and specialist panels throughout 2013.

The events will culminate during next year’s City of Culture celebrations with a procession from First Derry Presbyterian Church over the Peace Bridge to Ebrington Square in May.

Communities will then come together out of their “respective comfort zones” and discuss their own stories and “learn to understand one another and begin to live peacefully together”.

The procession is part of the Rotary International Peace Conference from May 24-26.

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