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CRIS Unity Conference at Belfast City Hall @ Belfast City Hall
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Invitation to the Unity Conference at Belfast City Hall

We would like to invite you to a special event to celebrate the Unity Project, which has been running in eight post-primary schools over the last year!

The event will have three important parts:

  • A certificate presentation from the Lord Mayor of Belfast to each school to mark their participation in this project.
  • A Round Table Activity, where everyone will have the chance to listen to and ask questions of three invited speakers:
    • Somebody from the Rainbow Project
    • Somebody who will talk about life in another country/ culture
    • Somebody who is an asylum seeker or a refugee

During this activity you will have chance to listen to a part of their story and ask any questions that you might have.

We would love it if you could attend! Please RSVP to CRIS by email or by phone.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with CRIS if you have any questions!

Overview of the Unity Project

CRIS’s Unity Project is a proven, highly effective programme that supports young people to explore and achieve their potential as ‘upstanders’ and to influence positive shifts in culture through the safe challenging of degrading and derogatory language and behaviour.  It addresses the difference between the intention behind and impact of the routine use of ‘hate speak’.  It supports peer leaders to investigate their own roles in challenging bullying language and behaviour with a focus on homophobia, sectarianism, racism, body image and disability.  Using ‘real language’, this hard-hitting programme has been delivered in eight Belfast post-primary schools. 

The Northern Ireland Unity Project was developed in partnership by the Center for Preventing Hate (Maine, USA) and CRIS.

The Unity Project 2016 – 2017 has been funded and supported by Belfast City Council (Good Relations).  The staff training aspect was funded by the Community Relations Council through the Community Relations and Cultural Diversity Grants Programme and through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Strategic Partner Programme.

NVTV made a short piece about the Unity Project as part of their Focal Point Series.  It was shown on Friday 18th November and can be viewed here:


Social Housing Enterprise Conference @ Tullyglass House Hotel
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
CCBS Seminar: 5 Takeaways on Brexit – Outlining Possible Scenarios for a New UK-EU Relationship @ Riddel Hall
Mar 28 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

This seminar focuses on the Impact of Brexit on Citizens Rights. It aims to provide evidence-based information and to encourage discussion on how the final deal reached between the EU and the UK might impact on citizens rights.

The seminar will be of interest to citizens, academics, citizens’ information and advice organisations, human rights organisations, migrants’ rights organisations, and also business groups.

The programme comprises short presentations, followed by discussions and questions to the panel of speakers.

  • 5 Takeaways on Brexit: Outlining Possible Scenarios for a New UK-EU Relationship and their Impact on Citizens – European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
  • Special Considerations for Ireland / Northern Ireland – Anthony Soares, Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS)
  • Implications of Brexit on Human Rights – Daniel Holder, Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)
  • Potential Effects of Brexit on Citizens’ Rights and Free Movement – Siobhan Duffy, Your Europe Advice

Places are strictly limited and will be issued on a first-come basis. Online registration is now open – https://brexit_seminar.eventbrite.co.uk

Further details will be available soon on www.borderpeople.info

Connections Roots Orchestra Concert @ The Lyric Theatre
Mar 29 @ 7:45 pm

ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s leading ethnic arts organisation, proudly presents a free showcase evening embracing diversity through the music of India, Bangladesh, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, India, Ireland and Spain.

Join us on a special musical journey as twelve local musicians come together with the voices of the Roskina Russian & Harmony North Choirs, led by Belfast native, international composer and Uilleann piper, Neil Martin.

Over the last number of years the musicians have been taking part in what has been described as a truly innovative musical experience. During their time together they explored how world music is interconnected, exploring and sharing music from different cultures and genres on ethnic percussion, tambura, guitar, vocals, violin, piano and the Indian Sitar. This organic and enlightening process has culminated in a final performance showcasing the ‘connections’ of our people and our cultures.

Principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland with support from Community Relations Council


White Helmets screening and panel discussion on Syria @ The MAC
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm
As airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
White Helmets - film screening and panel discussion on Syria

They search for survivors among the wreckage as bombs continue to fall. Known as the White Helmets, these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous places in Syria to help others.

Since 2013 the White Helmets have saved 78,529 lives, and this number continues to grow. Their tireless rescue work and bravery was acknowledged globally when the White Helmets volunteers were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. This inspiring Oscar nominated documentary follows ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, to help save others.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the situation in Syria and its human impact.

Presented by the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA), the umbrella organisation of those overseas aid agencies with an active presence in Northern Ireland. www.cada-ni.org

Buy tickets here: https://belfastfilmfestival.org/films/white-helmets

Homeplus Night at The Races Fundraiser @ Clayton Hotel
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm


Homeplus would like to invite you to a night at the races hosted by Mulsanne Casinos with finger food and a disco in the Clayton Hotel in Belfast. This is a fundraising event to raise vital funds for the running costs of our Drop-in Centre for refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants.

The work of our staff and volunteers is vital in the support of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Belfast. We serve food for up to 150 people a day and help over 500 individuals a year. Some of the other services we offer in the centre include  clothing, shower and washing facilities, advice, three levels of English classes a week – one of which is for women only. Also volunteer opportunities, community allotment plots, emergency financial support, art projects (some women’s only), accommodation and employment support, and See Belfast – the optician’s charity offering free eye tests and glasses on a weekly basis.

Click on the link below to book your tickets:

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Celebrate Refugees’ Welcome in Derry-Londonderry @ Foyle Arena
Apr 30 all-day

Dancers, drummers, musicians, Cooks and dress makers from all different ethnic backgrounds are being called on to come forward and get involved in the biggest cultural interchange ever staged in the city.

Get your tickets by emailing North West Migrant Forum

The North West Migrants Forum will play host to a celebration of culture and diversity, bringing together people from all different walks of life, to honour our differences and embrace them.

It is also a time to mark the first anniversary of Derry establishing itself as a leading light in humanitarianism in taking in refugees.

It was in May of last year that 11 Syrian refugee families arrived in Derry hoping to make it their home, joining other refugees and migrants in the city from places as diverse as Pakistan, Egypt, the Congo, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Throughout 2016, around 400 Syrians arrived in Northern Ireland, with the province being heralded as leading the way on refugee resettlement in the UK.

To mark this, the North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) is playing host to a series of workshops that will culminate in the biggest Intercultural interchange in the city.

Participants will be asked to work together and prepare over the course of six weeks for a final event that will be held in the Foyle Arena on April 30, 2017.

It will be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to take part in any of the following events:

–       Syrian traditional music and dance,

–       A mash up of Irish, Syrian and African dance,

–       Traditional music focused on African drums,

–       Learn more about Irish and Ulster Scots music,

–       Get involved in dress making from a wide range of different cultures,

–       Participate in a mash up of Indian and Syrian dancing.
In the six weeks leading up to the event, two workshops will be run: one to teach a group of people about dance and music traditions from different parts of the world, and another to teach a group of people about different intercultural dress-making traditions.

Participation in these workshops is completely free and is being sought from different communities. If you are interested in taking part or facilitating at any of the workshops contact :

Orlando De Gregorio at orlando.degregorio@nwmf.org.uk or call 02871 362184 for more information.

The Deadline for those who want to facilitate workshops have to contact NWMF by Friday 10 March 2017.

To access an Expression of Interest Form / Forms please go to the NWMF website – News section, Download the expression of Interest forms – Fill the in and return to our Office in person or email to :
Orlando De Gregorio at orlando.degregorio@nwmf.org.uk

Facilitators must be available to start facilitating workshops from week beginning 20 March 2017.



Celebrate Refugee Welcome in Derry-Londonderry @ Foyle Arena
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
nwmfIn May 2016 Derry-Londonderry welcomed 11 Syrian Refugee families from Syria who have since made Derry-Londonderry their home! However, there are refugees who made Derry-Londonderry their home in the recent years.  To celebrate and show our appreciation to everyone who played a key role to welcome and support refugees and to celebrate Derry-Londonderry as a multicultural place,  North West Migrants Forum are organising an intercultural and communication celebration event showcasing some of the diversity that exists in Derry-Londonderry.

The event will feature the following; • Syrian traditional Music and Dance •  A mash up of Irish, Syrian and African Dance •  Traditional Musical Instrument and drums focusing on Japanese and African drums •  A taste of the World; Intercultural foods programme; learning how to cook meals enjoyed by different cultures with a focus to Syrian, Chinese and Congolese foods   • Ulster Scots Music • Intercultural fashion and design •  A mash up of Indian and Syrian dance

Entry: £3 per person, £5 per family  

Tickets can be purchased through the North West Migrants Forum website or call in to NWMF.  If you would like to take part in any of the above activities, please contact us @ info@nwmf.org.uk. There are opportunities to learn African, Syrian, Japanese and Indian dances, music and great traditional recipes.  For lovers of fashion, there is an opportunity to design and make a traditional African, Syrian and Indian outfit.

All activities are open to people between 13 years and above. 

The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability @ Royal National Hotel
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

At The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability conference we will be exploring the progress that has been made to fulfilling the 5YFV by 2020. The programme will feature certain aspects of the plan, reporting back on the initiatives that have been implemented and the impact they are having. As we move through 2017, this event is the ideal platform to discuss the very latest measures such as the development of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), Integration Plans and the use of the Better Care Fund plus the further adoption of the vanguard new models of care. A line up of expert speakers will give delegates a realistic insight as to how the future NHS will look and operate.

The Conference will also offer 3.5 hours of networking where delegates will be able to share experiences.

View more details about the event here