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Arts Council announces £69,000 funding for intercultural arts projects

Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 4pm 0 Comments Intercultural Arts

Pictured are artists from Beyond Skin's, Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis  project are (L-R) Rev. George Okikiolu (Nigeria), Talal Abdullah (Sudan), Gobi (Sri Lanka), Terry McDonald (Ireland), Rashid Khaidanov (Kazakhstan), Victor Henriquez (Chile). Image: Pictured are artists from Beyond Skin's, Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis project are (L-R) Rev. George Okikiolu (Nigeria), Talal Abdullah (Sudan), Gobi (Sri Lanka), Terry McDonald (Ireland), Rashid Khaidanov (Kazakhstan), Victor Henriquez (Chile).

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today announced funding worth more than £69,000, through their Intercultural Arts Programme (ICAP), for five intercultural arts projects taking place across the region.  

The ICAP programme has made great strides in helping to achieve many of the NI Executive’s goals on building social cohesion, tackling inequality and racism and developing integrated community planning since its introduction in 2015.

Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Community and Participatory Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said,

“We are delighted to announce the latest five recipients of Intercultural Arts Programme funding.   At the heart of the programme is a commitment to help build Northern Ireland’s social capital through the arts.   It is heartening to make lottery funding available for this, following the very successful previous 3-year programme and we look forward to seeing the new projects come to life."

One of the five projects to be delivered with Arts Council ICAP support is Beyond Skin’s innovative project, Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis.  Translating as, Orchestra Refugees and Friends, the Belfast-based project which will run over the next 18 months, includes a social, creative space for artists in Refugee or Asylum status to regularly meet, engage and experience different cultures whilst working with professional musicians.  Over the 18 months, the Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis participants will also have the opportunity to perform at public events and develop their own events.

In addition, participants will be empowered and trained to deliver a series of Refugee awareness workshops. Using music, they will target community groups, clubs and schools with the aims of increasing awareness of global culture.

Darren Ferguson from Beyond Skin said, “The Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis has been a long time in the making and is more relevant and needed now than ever before.  Whilst not an orchestra in a traditional sense, it will be a space where musicians can work together, collaborate and form groups.  With music at the centre of this project, it strengthens the important role of the arts as an instrument for positive change.”

The projects to benefit from current ICAP funding include:

Organisation Funding Amount Location
Obon on the Foyle £15,000 Outreach delivery Derry and Strabane District Council and Mid and East Antrim District Council Areas
Rainbow Health Limited £14.060 Belfast and NI wide
Wheelworks £10,230 Belfast and Dungannon
Beyond Skin £14.050 Belfast
Du Dance £15,800 Belfast and NI wide

 

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