Groups and organisations throughout the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area will help deliver a positive message that ‘Change Starts With Us’ with a creative and inspiring programme of cross-community and multicultural events as part of Good Relations Week 2022.
Co-ordinated by the Community Relations Council, Good Relations Week will run this year from Tuesday, September 20, until Monday, September-26.
This year’s programme of events will include incredible face-to-face events, engaging online events and creative pieces of digital content based on the theme for this year’s celebration – ‘Change Starts with Us’
The week long programme of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, feature talks, podcasts, film, music and dance performances, storytelling, and exhibitions will focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to highlight the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges we face as a region.
Events will address gender inequality, climate change and the environment, improving individual health and well-being, eradicating poverty, and hunger, and removing barriers to improved education.
They will also showcase the outstanding good relations efforts of local communities in delivering peace and prosperity to the region, as well as addressing everything from sectarianism and racism to shared spaces, peace-building and cultural diversity.
Alderman Stephen Ross, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey said: “We are delighted to be supporting Good Relations Week 2022 and it’s great to see so many local groups and organisations from across Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council getting involved in a weeklong programme of events.
“Good Relations Week 2022 is an excellent opportunity to reinforce the message that ‘Change Starts With Us’ as we call on local communities to continue to work together to achieve a sustainable and shared future for our society.”
“We hope this week of events will showcase the tremendous efforts of local groups and organisations to deliver ground-breaking projects and initiatives that focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and making a sustained and lasting difference in their communities.”
Martin McDonald MBE, Chair of the Community Relations Council, said: “Good Relations Week 2022 will host hundreds of inspiring events that will deliver a positive message that ‘Change Starts With Us’ as we shine a light on local groups and organisations in their pursuit of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
“The programme of events will showcase the creativity and enthusiasm of local groups and organisations in their efforts to achieving a better and more sustainable future for us all. It will explore how these groups and organisation have made concerted efforts to bring communities together, regardless of background, culture, or heritage. It will shine a light on their efforts to tackle important issues such sectarianism, racism, and other forms of identity hatred and inequality, as well as addressing climate change, eradicating food poverty, and improving people’s mental health.”
“We look forward to kicking off this very exciting programme of events and getting as many people as possible involved in Good Relations Week 2022.”
For more information on the Good Relations Week 2022 programme of events visit www.goodrelationsweek.com or keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GRW22.