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Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band perform at the City of Derry Jazz Festival


The UK City of Culture year of 2013 signalled an unprecedented change in the perception of cultural expression and the engagement between local marching bands from the Londonderry Bands Forum and the All Ireland Fleadh was a clear indicator of this change in mind-sets.

 

The Pride of Orange and Blue, Burntollet Sons of Ulster and Caw flute bands led a celebration of the fife, flute and drum in Ebrington Square on the gig rigs and the Churchill Flute Band, Ireland’s oldest marching band, performed in Victoria Market on the city side. Bands subsequently went on to take part in the Sligo Fleadh the following two years.

 

The City of Derry Jazz Festival saw another involvement for the members of the Burntollet Sons of Ulster who played two debut gigs at Holywell Diverse City Community Partnership and in the Craft Village the following day.  During both gigs the band were accompanied by a quartet of jazz musicians led up by Birmingham based Sid Peacock who has previously worked with the band in 2013 and more recently with members of the Londonderry Bands Forum during a joint music bursary scheme with An Culturlann.

 

Speaking about the performances Burntollet Band Master Ryan Simpson said “Working with Sid and other musicians in 2013 was certainly one of the strangest but exciting projects the band had possibly taken part in. Who would ever have thought that a marching blood and thunder flute band could hook up with a jazz band and actually work? When Eamonn Baker from Towards Understanding and Healing contacted the band about possibly taking part in something similar for the Jazz Festival and working with Sid again we snapped at the chance. Another chance to showcase our music to a whole different audience again" .

 

Derek Moore, coordinator of the Londonderry Bands Forum added “Our aim in the forum is to encourage local young, and not so young bandsmen, to show that musicians, regardless of the bands, groups or settings that they play in, are simply there to perform and entertain”.

 

This was a joint venture between Community Dialogue and Towards Understanding and Healing funded through a grant received by CD from Awards for All Big Lottery scheme. Both organisations hope to build on the work achieved to date by having more structured engagements with members of the flute band.

 

Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band perform with Jazz Musician Sid Peacock.

The audience at the Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band performance.

 

World in Conversation, Pennsylvannia State University, April 2017

David Holloway, Director of Community Dialogue, was invited to visit World in Conversation in Pennsylvannia State University for one week during which he worked with staff and students developing conflicgt management and facilitation skills. 

Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey of World in Conversation, who have been working with David for two years now, are quietly changing the world through their innovative dialogue training programme and we recommend that you check out their Website and Facebook pages.  http://worldinconversation.org/
 

 

Here are some photographs of David engaging with 750 students on the theme of 'Why Are We So Bad at Managing Conflict:  Is There a Better Way?'
 
 

 Penn State University
 

 

 

 David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

 David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

 David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

 David speaks about managing conflict with students at Penn State University
 

 

 

 

 
 

Global Peace Leaders Conference in Belfast, September 2016

 

David during a workshop at the Global Peace Leaders Conference in Belfast, September 2016

 

 

 

David talks about dialogue during Global Peace Leaders Conference in Belfast, Sept 2016

 

 

 

David's presentation on dialogue to the Global Peace Leaders Conference in Belfast, Sept 2016

 

 

 

David and Dr Yehezerkel Landau of the Open House Peace Centre, Israel at the Global Peace Leaders Conference in Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foyle Gay Pride March on 27 August 2016

Mark Durcan MP, Jim O'Neill Community Dialogue and Rev. Chris Hudson attended the event.

 

 

 

CD Join International Delegation to NATO

 

David Holloway, Community Dialogue’s Director, joined an international peacebuilding delegation to Brussels, 21st to 25th June, for meetings with NATO staff on the application of dialogue as a peacebuilding tool for military personnel.

 

 

 

The visit was organised by Serge Da Deppo, NATO Innovation Hub and Dr Sam Richards and Dr Laurie Mulvey of World in Conversation, Pennsylvania State University, with whom we have are working on international dialogue facilitation training.

 

 

 

The seven person team, from Belgium, Denmark, Jordan, Poland, UK, and USA, made a presentation to staff from several NATO departments on the interim results of a World In Conversation / NATO Innovation Hub pilot dialogue project. The three year project tested the applicability of dialogue as tool for conflict management with military personnel by facilitating multiple dialogues through video conferencing between pre-deployment NATO cadets, from USA and European military academies, and Afghan citizens.

 

 

 

The presentation, including a review of the role of dialogue in managing sectarian and political conflict in Northern Ireland, conclusively demonstrated that:

 

 

 

1.      Facilitated dialogue increases the cultural sensitivity of both NATO cadets and Afghan citizens to each other both in pre-deployment and deployment phases.

 

 

 

2.      A ripple effect of significant attitudinal change spreads from dialogue participants to their peers.

 

 

 

3.      The methodology is a simple, cost effective tool for conflict management that meets NATO operational requirements, as long as skilled facilitators are used.

 

 

 

A series of on-going meetings are in progress to mainstream delivery of facilitated dialogue as a NATO pre-deployment learning tool. Community Dialogue hopes to continue its engagement with this contribution to international peacebuilding.

 

 

 

Movement for Change

Community Dialogue established an initiative to build a strategy coalition of peace builders to provide a united NI/Borders response to critical peace building issues of the moment, in particular the failure of the Good Friday Agreement to fulfil the promise that was articulated at its signing.  Over a seriwes of meetings we have galvanised 11 organisation into exploring the possibilities for a radical unified working response.

 

It is early days yet but it has been an achievement to get so many diverse practitioners around the table who bring a range of skills and expertise.  There will be a residential in the New Year to plan strategy.

 



January 2015 - March 2016

Skills for Solutions Project

ARC Healthy Living Centre, Irvinestown

 

April 2015 - March 2016

Plumbridge Community Centre


This enabled an understanding of issues older rural people face and suggestions for ways to address the challenges through dialogue and photography.

 

As a result, older people have been supported on their advocacy on the three themes of Accessibility, Affordability and Availability of services.  Rural older people havwe been supported to understand and explore the potential impact of significant policy changes on their lives and the lives of those whom they represent.  Rural older people have been supported in presenting their views to policy makers and government officials through the medium of photography.

 

An exhibition of thier photographs will be displayed which represent issues such as isolation, rural transport, access to health services.

 

 

Coffee and Compassion

December 2015 - February 2016


Venue:  Ballymena

 

This was a eries of dialogues organised in conjunction with Ballymeney Community Resource Centre involving mainly the Asian community fromn Ballymena and also involving a number of parishioners from Ballymena Methodist Church.  The dialogues explored the key issues affecting the ethnic minority communities, particularly in terms of racist abuse and harassment in the light of the misinformation around certain public perceptions about refugees. It was an opportunity not only to highlight experiences but also address potential ways forward.  Many of the participnts also shared their own family experiences of coming to NI in the 40s and 50s as refugees themselves.

 

Given the oncoming Assembly elections, the group were facilitated in drawing up a series of questions that they could put to politicians who may call at their door when canvassing.  A public meeting involving the participants and local politicians wil be help in March to question them further.

 

November 2015 - present

PLUS Project (Protestant Unionist Loyalist Plus)

 

In partnership with Dialobue for Diversity, Jethro Centre, International School for Peacebuilding, LINC and Rural Community Network.

 

In response to growing awareness of deepening crisis with Loyalism we engaged key influencers in  PUL across NI in a dialogue on the nature of that crisis.  A number of dialogues have taken place with a group of Loyalists from the Portadown area.  Other sessions are planned.

 

Residential with leaders of Scouting Ireland

28 and 29 November 2015


Transmission of basic conflict resolution understanding and skills to key decision makers/influencers in scouting leading to establishment of conflict resolution team and expected ripple effect through scouting of peace building understanding, behaviours and skills.

 

Participants were almost all members of the Scouting Ireland National Council.  This means that they are the top tier of an organisation working with over 100,000 scouts and 10,000 leaders.  From CD's point of view this means that we have been able to impact upon and influence key decision makers and influencers in a hugh organisation that endeavours to build the next generation of citizens north and south of the border.

 

September - December 2015

Galvanising the Peace

 

Venues:  Belfast, Derry, Ballymena

We have been supporting the GTP process, attending the planning meetings, contributing to the strategic development of the pocess and to the content of the materials.  In addition we have been delivering GTP dialogues as part of our programme. 

 

A whoe series of issues have been raised which have affected people since the peace process and this was an opportunity to guage the level of feelings on these issues.

 

A residential took place on 21 and 22 October 2015 to explore in more depth the issues arising from the GTP document and the state of the Peace process and how it has impacted on pelple's lives.  A thorough discussion on a range of issues and topics and may be followed up in the New Year.

 

October 2015

Community Dialogue has organised a dialogue in support of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week which takes place from 28 September to 4 October 2015.

 

The dialogue titled 'Je suis Charlie ... or am I?' will reflect on contemporary issues of freedom of speech and will take place on Thursday 1 October 2015, in the All Souls Unitarian Church, Elmwood Avenue Belfast, from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

 

The dialogue will be accompanied by an exhibition titled 'Cartoons in Conflict' created by The Parents Circle Families Forum; a grass roots organisation based in the Middle East, whose power stems from the collaborative reconciliation work of its Israeli and Palestinian members.

 

Please contact Jim O'Neill on 028 9035 1450 or email admin@communitydialogue.org for further details.

 

August - September 2015

Shared Reading Programme


Venue: Matt Talbot Centre New Barnsley

To use the medium of reading established stories as a means of enabling participants to open up and share the issues they identify through those stories.

 

The group read a mix of writing - NZ, American, Irish and British, across several decades - beginning each session with a short story, and following that discussion moving onto a poem with similar thems and further discussion.  Each reading launched very lively and thoughtful conversation.

 

12 August 2015

Engagement with LGBT Community in Derry


Venue: Rainbow Project Derry

Purpose: to develop a process with members of the LGBT community to explore their lives and culture within the context of the North West. 

 

The session was an opportunity to develop a relationship between Community Dialogue and members of the LGBT community in order to explore issues of social and cultural relevance to themselves.  What it is like being a member of the LGBT community in the North West.

 

June 2015

Laurie Mulvey, Executive Director of World In Conversation, Centre for Public Diplomacy, Pennsylvania State University and her colleague Sam Richardson visited Community Dialogue in June following a series of Skype dialogues between David Holloway Director Community Dialogue and Laurie’s students.

 

 

 

 
February 2015 - April 2015

"The Millies" Project

 
Turf Lodge Women's Centre
 
The project involved working with women in West Belfast on a project exploring the history of the linen industry in Belfast involving the collection of first hand stories from those who worked in the mills, development of a tapestry involving fabrics and photographs from the mills.  This was a partnership between Community Dialogue and Women's Common Path Network, Aisling Reynolds, a local tapestry artist and Kelly Morris a local photographer.
 
 
 
The women have developed a range of skills such as tapestry making, photography, oral history gathering, an exhibition of photographs, recordings of women talking about thier experiences in the mills and the finished tapestry is currently exhibited at the local women's centre in Turf Lodge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February - June 2015

Women and Conflict Transformation
 
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade have provided funding for accredited training delivered to Falls/Shankill/Tigers Bay Womens Groups; Bellaghy Women's Group, Matt Talbot Women's Group and Crevagh Women's Group. 
 
 
 
Key Issues: women and identity, sectarianism, glags and emblems, truth recovery.  It was an opportunity for women from different interface areas in Belfast to share experiences and views in a venue where the women from Shankill and Tigers Bay had never visited before.  Sharing contentious issues in a safe and facilitated process and learning new topics such as Truth Recovery and political representation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 2015 - April 2015

City of Cultures?

Venues: Caw Women's Centre, Crevagh Women's Group, Sikh Community Centre, Chinese Community Centre, Holywell Shared City Project, Irish Street Community Association, Youthways.
 
 
 
A series of dialogue sessions were carried out with community and ethnic representatives in Derry to explore the burning issues for them living in the city and how they would like to see its future.  A thorough consultation process was carried out involving a wide range of groups in the Derry City area.  A wide range of issues were identified such as alienation of the Protestant community on the East Bank of the city, anti social behaviour and sectarianism.
 
 
 
March 2015

Photography Workshop, Irvinestown
 
Community Dialogue co-facilitated with photographer Kelly Morris, to deliver a series of dialogue events using photography to a group of senior citizens living in rural areas, to help inform policy makers. 
 
 
 
A workshop was co-facilitated with Ballymoney Community Resource Centre on free speech and censorship using the cartoon exhibition.  This took place in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo incident.
 
 
 
26 March 2015

 
Sectarianism and Belonging
 
Event Process:  Dialogue in partnership with Facebook Group, 'I want a non-sectarian NI' with presentation by Peter Osbourne, Chair of CRC.
 
Key issues:
 
  • What is your expernience of sectarianism?
  • What has been the impact of sectarianism?
  • How do we progress to a non-sectarian society?
  • How could we achieve this through a) political means and b) at community level?
 
This was a high impact and strategically important dialogue for the following reasons:
 
  • Dialogue engagement building upon the power of Facebook as a means of engaging participants.
  • This event brought 47 people from all walks of life and all over NI together.
  • Most participants had never engaged in dialogue or discussed sectarianism with strangers before.
 
February 2015
 
Women and Sectarianism in NI

 
Funding was provided by CRC Funding & Development to work in partnership with Women's Information Network to explore sectarianism.  
 
Key issues:
 
  • What has been your experience of sectarianism?
  • What does sectarianism mean to you?
  • Does sectarianism affect you/your community?  If so, how?
  • What needs to be done to tackle sectarianism?
  • How do you envisage a society that is free from sectarianism?
 
A wide range of women from various areas of Belfast have been consulted on how sectarianism has impacted on their lives and how the issue should be addressed.  Women have been given a voice, particularly those who have never had an opportunity to give their opinions on issues such as sectarianism.  A report has been compiled and successfully launched which will form the basis of future dialogues.
 
 
 
This culminated in a residential at Corrymeela Community Centre on 30 and 31 March 2015. 
 
 
 
Key issues:  experience of sectarianism; impact of sectarianism; managing sectarianism; components of sectarianism.
 
A powerful and inspiring engagement bringing common understanding between women of diverse views and backgrounds; and clear empowerment to engage with sectarianism as individuals and collectively.
 
 
 
Aisling Project
 
The Belfast City Council provided further funding to deliver a photographic and dialogue project.  An exhibition was formally launched at the Falls Road Library, Belfast by Culture Minister Caral ni Chuillan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This project has now developed into exploring the history of the linen industry with the Turf Lodge Women's Group and will result in a tapestry containing artefacts and photographs relating to the mills.
 
 
 
The project has further developed with Rural Community Network who have received funding from Atlantic Philantrophies to deliver a series of workshops with senior citizens in rural areas to help inform policy makers.
 
 
 
The Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure provided a grant to purchase photography equipment for the Aisling Project.
 
 
 
November 2014
 
Identity, Conflict & Belonging Residential, Corrymeela Community Centre, Ballycastle
 
Following a number of Identity Dialogues in partnership with Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, a residential took place; followed by a Dance Performance at the MAC.
 
 
 
23 October 2014

Sectarianism Dialogue with 20 participants from all walks of life in partnership with the Facebook Group 'I want a non-sectarian Northern Ireland'.  Held in the Skainos Centre Belfast.
 
 
 
21 October 2014

Dialogue on the origins and Management of Conflict with 20 students of peace studies from Penn State University conducted via Skype.
 
 
 
15 October 2014

DQDT Identity and Conflict Dialogue with 15 community workers, artists and peace building practitioners in Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.  Delivered in partnership with Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre.
 
 
 
13 October 2014
 
Launch of Aisling Photographic Exhibition

The Belfast City Council provided further funding to develop a photography and dialogue project along with Photographer Kelly Morris.
 
 
 
16 September 2014

Facilitated Consultation Workshop on the proposed Omagh Racial Equality Strategy Document proposed by the Office of the First and the Deputy First Minister.  Held in Omagh for 14 representatives of community and ethnic minority groups/organisations in partnership with Omagh District Council.
 
 
 
August 2014
 
Bellaghy Women's Group

A series of 10 accredited dialogue sessions were delivered on women and peace building, funded by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
 
 
 
August 2014
 
Dialogue facilitation, together with International School for Peace Studies, took place with the PUL community in the North West and Ballymoney exploring areas of concern to them.  
 
 
 
28 August 2014

Religion and Conflict Dialogue with a visiting delegation from the International Association of Religious Freedom together with local community and peace building activists in Duncairn Centre for Culoture and Arts.  Delivered in partnership with the Unitarian Church Belfast.
 
 
 
June 2014
 
Aisling Project
 
A series of workshops were organised in conjunction with a professional photographer, Kelly Morris to work with a group of men from North Belfast.  It entailed a series of discussions about their vision for themselves, thjeir families and their communities which were reflected through photography.
 
 
 
17 June 2014

Summer School Dialogue Workshop with Indiana University, Farsett International Belfast.
 
 
 
12 June 2014

Dialogue and Dialogue Facilitation OCN Level 2 Accredited Training with community workers in Dungannon.  In partnership with Rural Community Network.
 
 
 
05 June 2014

Dialogue and Dialogue Facilitation OCN Level 2 Accredited Training with community workers in Dungannon.  In partnership with Rural Community Network.

 
 
27 March 2014
 
Sectarianism: Uncomfortable Truths?

With input from Rev. Dr. Johnston McMaster and Derek Poole, Farset International.
 
 
 
26 March 2014

An exploration of the experiences of members of minority faith communities in Belfast in conjunction with Churches Community Work Association, Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.
 
 
 
26 March 2014

The concept of sanctuary for marginalised groups and ethnic minorities, Ballymoney.
 
 
 
19 March 2014

Cartoons in Conflict exhibition involving peace activists from Eastern Europe Centre for Conflict Research.
 
 
 
13 March 2014 
 
The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths?

Involving inputs from Brian Ervine, former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Pearse Doherty Sinn Fein TD, Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.
 
 
 
11 March 2014 Women and Patriarchy with an input from Cathy Higgins, Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.
 
 
 
27 February 2014

Exploration of The Role of Protestants and the Irish Language, Skainos Centre, East Belfast.
 
 
 
19 February 2014
 
Troubled Reading Programme

Using song writing as a tool for dialogue at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast. 
 
 
 
8-9 February 2014

Residential involving Queens Park Women's Group Belfast, Matt Talbot Women's Group Belfast and Portadown Women's Group exploring identity and using art and painting as a process for dialogue.
 
 
 
1-2 February 2014
 
Residential Dialogue "Where Are We Post-Haas?", Monaghan
 
This event took place in the Four Seasons Hotel, in response to the Haas Talks which ended late December 2013.  It was delivered by Community Dialogue in partnership with Dialogue for Diversity.  A full report and evaluation is included under 'Publications and Reports'.
 
 
 
22 January 2014

Experiential workshop using art and painting as a tool for dialogue with the Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
15 January 2014

Experiential workshop using art and painting as a tool for dialogue with the Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
14 January 2014
 
International Dialogue Workshop, Farset International
 
We delivered a dialogue workshop incorporating our 'Cartoons in Conflict' Exhibition to 22 international students of peace sutdies.  A full report and evaluation is included under 'Publications and Reports'.
 
 
 
8 January 2014

Experiential workshop using art and painting as a tool for dialogue with the Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
10 December 2013

Seminar exploring 'Ireland As A Place Of Sanctuary?  In conjunction with Community Dialogue, Northern West Community Network, Donegal Community Worker's Cp-Op and The Junction at St Augustines Church Hall, Derry/Londonderry.
 
 
 
7-8 December 2013

Residential with Bellaghy Women's Group, An Creagan Centre, County Tyrone.
 
 
 
2 December 2013

An exploration of the achievements of the Ballybeen Women's Centre, Ballybeen, East Belfast.
 
 
 
27 November 2013
 
The Role of the Church

Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
6 November 2013

Exploration of the flags issue with local PUL community from Ballymoney Community Resource Centre.
 
 
 
24 October 2013
 
Troubled Readings Programme
 
Using songwriting as a tool for dialogue at the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast.
 
 
 
23 October 2013
 
In conjunction with the International School for Peace Studies, a series of consultations with a range of community and ethnic groups from various parts of Derry/Londonderry took place.  The purpose of the consultation was to gauge public opinion on a range of issues affecting communities.  A presentation on Community Dialogue's creative approach to dialogue organised by The Garden of Reflection Project was recorded and can be seen on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5h2oufZC2g&feature=youtu.be
 
 
 
 
17-18 October 2013 

Residential event using songs and art with women from Armangh and Belfast at Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle.
 
 
 
14 October 2013

Issues facing the PUL community in Coleraine/Ballymoney area at Ballymoney Community Resource Centre.
 
 
 
25 September 2013
 
The role of women in our society
 
Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
24 September 2013
 
Troubled Readings Programme

Using songwriting as a tool for dialogue with a group from Sandy Row Community Centre, Belfast
 
 
 
18 September 2013
 
Growing Up During The Troubles

Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
17 September 2013

Delivery of OCN accredited training on Facilitation Skills to women from Turf Lodge, West Belfast.
 
 
 
11 September 2013
 
Racism in Northern Ireland

Matt Talbot Women's Group, New Barnsley, Belfast.
 
 
 
4th September 2013
 
A dialogue on the role of the churches in the conflict was delivered to Matt Talbot Women’s Group.
 
 
 
29th August 2013
 
A dialogue on “Symbols: Sure it’s only a flag” was delivered to a group of women from West and East Belfast.
 
 
 
22nd August 2013
 
A song-writing workshop at “What’s yours is mine, Shared Future” Conference which resulted in a song being written from the various issues raised at both the workshop and the conference.
 
 
 
15th August 2013
 
A dialogue on “The right to walk the Queen’s Highway?” was delivered to a group of women from West and East Belfast.
 
 
 
8th August 2013
 
A dialogue on “Sectarianism: The Poison in our Mind-set” was delivered to a group of women from West and East Belfast.
 
 
 
8th August 2013
 
Troubled Readings Programme Songwriters workshop sharing of songs and discussing them at Sandy Row Community Centre.
 
 
3rd July 2013

Community Dialogue delivered a workshop on Truth Recovery to a group of Loyalist  ex prisoners at Farset International.
 
2nd July   2013

The Hidden History of Protestants and the Irish Language a talk given by Linda Ervine at Letterkenny Museum County Donegal
 
26th June 2013

Discussion on the flags issue involving community groups from various parts of Belfast at a residential in Newcastle
 
24th June 2013
Discussion on flags issue involving women from West Belfast Farset International
 
22nd June 2013
Visit by students from Southern Methodist University in Texas


Robert Barner from Southern Methodist University presenting Jim O’Neill and Anne Carr a plaque in recognition of Community Dialogue’s contribution to positive collaborative dialogue
 
21st June 2013
Discussion on the Flags issue involving women from East Belfast
 
18th June 2013
“Where in the world are we?” Dialogue on identity and race as part of Refugee Week Fitzroy Presbyterian Hall
 
13th June 2013
Troubled Readings Programme Songwriters workshop sharing of songs and discussing them at Oh yeah Centre Belfast
 
11th June 2013
Dialogue on the flags issue with local residents and young people from Tigers Bay North Belfast
 
30th May  2013

Dialogue Development worker gave a talk and question and answer session to a group of Peace and Conflict studies students from University of Bradford.

30th May 2013

Dialogue Development Worker gave a talk and question and answer session to a  group of students from Juniata College Pennsylvania. 

24th May 2013 Identity Workshop Co. Fermanagh 
The Dialogue Development Worker presented a workshop on Identity at a residential in Lusty Beg organised by Donegal Community Workers Co-op.
 
23rd May 2013 The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths? Seminar Derry/Londonderry
Community Dialogue in conjunction with Towards Understanding and Healing and LINC/CCWA organised a seminar in Derry/Londonderry entitled The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths? The event featured a couple of short sketches written by Jonathan Burgess, a well-known playwright from the city. Speakers included Brian Dougherty, Director of St. Columb’s Park House and Eamon Deane, Director of Holywell Trust.
 
22nd May 2013 The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths? Seminar Belfast      
Community Dialogue in conjunction with Towards Understanding and Healing and LINC/CCWA organised a seminar in Belfast entitled The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths? The event featured a couple of short sketches written by Jonathan Burgess, a well-known playwright from the Derry/Londonderry. Speakers included Brian Ervine, former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Linda Ervine Irish language co-ordinator in East Belfast. There were 60 participants.
 
 
Brian Ervine, former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, speaking at the Belfast seminar jointly organised by Community Dialogue, Towards Understanding and Healing and LINC/CCWA on ‘The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths?’ May 2013.
 
 
A scene from a play performed at ‘The Protestant Experience: Uncomfortable Truths?’ event in Belfast written by Derry/Londonderry playwright Jonathan Burgess, May 2013.
 
15th May 2013 Equity, Diversity and Interdependence Workshop Belfast
Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop to the Matt Talbot Women’s Group in New Barnsley on Equity, Diversity and Interdependence.
 
8th May 2013 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Workshop Belfast
Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop on Mediation and Conflict Resolution to the Participation and Practice Rights Project in Belfast.
 
1st May 2013 Sectarian States of Ireland Seminar Derry/Londonderry
Community Dialogue in conjunction with Donegal Community Worker’s Co-op and the Junction organised a seminar entitled the Sectarian States of Ireland. Guest speakers included Johnston McMaster from the Junction’s Ethical and Shared Remembering Project and Derek Poole Director of the LINC Project.
 




Jim O’Neill, Community Dialogue, Maureen Hetherington, the Junction, Rev. Dr. Johnston McMaster, Speaker, Hilary McCollum, Donegal Community Workers Co-op and Derek Poole, Speaker.


 
 
1st May 2013  Culture and Heritage Workshop Co. Fermanagh
The Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop on Culture and Heritage to a group of community activists from the Belcoo area of Fermanagh.
 
24th April 2013 1st May 2013 Culture and Heritage Workshop Co. Fermanagh
The Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop on Culture and Heritage to a group of community activists from the Belcoo area of Fermanagh.
 
17th April 2013 Identity Workshop Belfast  
The Dialogue Development Worker in conjunction with Community Dialogue’s co-ordinator delivered a workshop on identity to a group of women from West Belfast.
 
10th April 2013 Truth Recovery Seminar Belfast
Community Dialogue delivered a workshop on Truth Recovery to a group of Loyalist ex-prisoners at Farset International.
 
6th/7th April 2013 Varieties of Irishness: Who Belongs Here? Residential Co. Down
Community Dialogue facilitated a weekend residential on “Being Irish” to a group of community activists from Loyalist and Republican areas of West Belfast.
 
4th April 2013 Theatre of the Oppressed Play and Dialogue Belfast         
Community Dialogue in conjunction with Hector Aristizabal, a Colombian Theatre Practitioner who has delivered workshops in various conflict areas throughout the world including China, Bosnia and Afghanistan, delivered a series of workshops on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to women from Lenadoon and other parts of West Belfast and men from Tigers Bay, a Loyalist area of North Belfast. The song, ‘One Small Step’ which had been written as a result of a series of dialogues with the women from Lenadoon formed the basis of the resulting play which was performed at Tigers Bay to 40 people. The drama process was interactive and enabled a dialogue to take place on the issues raised around parenting, racketeering and debt.
 

 
One Small Step
 
Absent fathers
Bitter kids
Broken promises
The will to live
Mr. Wonderful
Who walks away
Left to struggle
Day by day
 
Chorus
 
One small step
Is all it takes
One small step
Despite the pain
One small step
You’re through the door
One small step
You’re off the floor
 
If my kids are happy
I’m happy too
Yet it’s so damn hard
To make it through
I need some space
Some time to be
To ease the worry
Some time for me
 
Chorus
 
Throughout our lives
Mistakes are made
That’s how it goes
That’s the price you pay
You learn to cope
By moving on
And through it all
You become more strong
 
Chorus
 



 
21st March 2013 Troubled Readings Belfast
Community Dialogue hosted an event around the Troubled Readings programme at Farset International in Belfast which involved a performance by two singers from Derry/Londonderry, Roy Arbuckle, who wrote the songs and Ann Tracey. Over 20 women from West Belfast were inspired to share their stories as a result of the songs.
 
20th March 2013 Equity, Diversity and Interdependence Workshop Belfast
The Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop on Equity, Diversity and Interdependence to the Matt Talbot Women’s Group from New Barnsley.
 
13th March 2013 Cultural Traditions Workshop Belfast
Community Dialogue delivered a workshop on Cultural Traditions to the Matt Talbot Women’s Group and a group of men from the Lower Shankill in Belfast.
 
5th March 2013 OCN Accredited Facilitation Training Course Belfast
The Dialogue Development Worker delivered an accredited training course on facilitation to a group of women community activists from Turf Lodge in West Belfast.
 
20th February 2013 Equity, Diversity and Interdependence Workshop Belfast
The Dialogue Development Worker delivered a workshop on Equity, Diversity and Interdependence to the Matt Talbot Women’s Group from New Barnsley.
 
16th/17th February 2013 “Who owns this Place?” Residential Co Monaghan
Community Dialogue in conjunction with Dialogue for Diversity facilitated on a weekend residential in Monaghan entitled “Who owns this Place?” A wide range of participants from both sides of the border attended.
 
2nd/3rd February 2013 “Exploring the Orange: What does it mean to be a Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist in a changing world?” Residential Co Down
Community Dialogue facilitated a residential at Castlewellan entitled “Exploring the Orange: What does it mean to be a Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist in a changing world?” Participants from various parts of Belfast         attended the weekend.
 
September to December 2012 Theatre of the Oppressed Drama and Dialogue Workshops Belfast        
A series of 6 workshops to each group on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques were delivered to the Matt Talbot Women’s Group New Barnsley, Forward Focus Women’s Group Lenadoon, Upper Andersonstown Women’s Group and Northern Ireland Community for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The workshops culminated in a Masterclass facilitated by Hector Aristizabal, a Colombian Theatre Practitioner who has delivered workshops in various conflict areas throughout the world including China, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
 
 
Rehearsals for a drama sketch facilitated by HectorAristizabal, an international theatre practitioner from Colombia, who worked in conjunction with Community Dialogue introducing Theatre of the Oppressed techniques (Photo courtesy of Brian Biery), September to December 2012.
 
20th July 2012    Dialogue Facilitation Training Tyrone
The co-ordinator for Community Dialogue delivered Dialogue Facilitation training to the ‘Peace by Peace’ group who are cross border activists based in rural areas on both sides of the border.
 
25th June 2012 Dialogue with community representatives in North Down
A series of dialogue sessions have begun involving various community representatives from North Down. These dialogues will be ongoing over the next few months.
 
23rd June 2012 Dialogue with students from Southern Methodist University
For a second year in succession, a group of students and tutors from Southern Methodist University paid a visit to Belfast as guests of Community Dialogue. They were addressed by Jim O’Neill the Dialogue Development Worker and Anne Carr, one of the founders and former staff member of Community Dialogue. The trip also involved a visit around various interface areas of Belfast.
 
20th June 2012 Launch of Conversations around the Kitchen Table booklet on the Stories of Asylum Seekers in Northern Ireland, Belfast
Community Dialogue’s latest publication, Conversations around the Kitchen Table recounts the stories of five Asylum Seekers currently living in Northern Ireland, describing what life was like in their home country, the trauma of fleeing and their experience of life here seeking asylum. Miriam, who is a member of that community spoke eloquently about her own experiences and issues at the launch which was followed by a dialogue involving a wide range of participants on inclusivity.
 
15th June 2012 Creative Dialogue Residental Derry/Londonderry
Voices Women’s Group and Coole New Opportunities held a joint residential in Derry/Londonderry. This was an opportunity to develop a creative dialogue approach with this cross community group of women by getting them to identify popular songs from their past and sharing their memories with the other participants. Through the use of IT, the songs were played on a screen and then discussed.
 
31st May 2012 Dialogue on Queens Jubilee Barron Hall Newtownabbey Co.Antrim
Community Dialogue were invited to facilitate a dialogue session on peoples’ attitudes towards the Queen’s Jubilee. This was one of the first public events at the newly refurbished Barron Hall which had been badly damaged a couple of years ago. There was a good cross section of attendees with varying viewpoints and opinions which were widely shared.
 
25th May 2012 Dialogue with Peace and Conflict Studies students Bradford University
The annual visit of students from the Peace and Conflict studies Department took place with over 30 students visiting Northern Ireland to talk to various community groups about the current social and political situation here. We held a dialogue session with them at Farset International and there is a potential opportunity for us to come to Bradford in the foreseeable future.
 
18th May2012Cartoons in Conflict Dialogue Moyle District Council Co. Tyrone
As a result of the session in Ballymoney we were asked to display the cartoons at Moyle District Council offices. As well as representatives from local community groups, three local councillors attended including the chair of Moyle District Council.
 
23rd April 2012 Cartoons in Conflict Dialogue Ballymoney Co. Antrim
As part of our Big Lottery funded project which involves a series of exhibitions and dialogues using the cartoons that were donated to us by Parents Circle Families Forum, a session took place at the new premises of Ballymoney Community Relations Forum. There was a wide ranging attendance and involved a lively and stimulating discussion on the images displayed.