2015 Events

Locally and worldwide there are many events happening to celebrate the International Day of Peace, below you will find a selection of events taking place locally and if you follow the following link you can search for events that will be taking place internationally.

Or if you are unable to attend an event near you, check out the PeaceDayTV livestream below to find out more about what happened globally last year and to watch the 2015 peace day simulcast.

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Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict 

Ards Visitor Information Centre:

18-21st September 2015:

A free photographic exhibition to mark the International Day of Peace 2015

Bus tickets  and coins are just some of the everyday objects that were transformed during the conflict in Northern Ireland.  This powerful photographic exhibition depicts some of those images providing an opportunity for reflection as, together we journey towards peace.   The exhibition was inspired by the work of Healing Through Remembering.  For more information contact Donna Mackey, Ards and North Down Borough Council on 0300 013 3333 or visit www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

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Meet Your Neighbours Family Day

Sunday 20 September, Delaware Building, Limestone Road

 at 1pm – 5pm

As part of a wider programme of events over 20th & 21st September, Newington Housing Association, Apex Housing Association and Duncairn Community Partnership are holding a lunch and carnival family fun day. The neighbourhood lunch will be open to residents from 1pm – 3pm with the carnival family fun day open to the wider community from 2pm – 5pm. This will be an opportunity for residents to meet their neighbours from across the whole community.

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Primary Schools Together Peace Celebration

Corn Mill, Coalisland

 at 10am

Joint primary school celebration of the International Day of Peace, on Monday 21st September at 10am.  Revd David Brownlow, Fr Paul Byrne, Fr Benny Fee and Revd Andrew Rawding have invited the primary schools in their respective parishes to collaborate on peace celebrations in Coalisland and Ballyclog. On the morning of 21st September, pupils from Bush, Primate Dixon, Newmills and St Patrick’s Annaghmore primary schools will join special guest Padraig O Tuama, Leader of the Corrymeela Community, at a celebration at the Corn Mill in the centre of Coalisland. Ernie Carroll will also be speaking about his experiences of the Second World War. A ‘peace dove’ made from handprints from pupils of the fours schools will be launched at the event. Prayers for peace locally and across the world will be said.

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Launch of 10 week Peace Education Programme

Crawfordsburn Country Park

At 2.30pm

To mark and celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace in Northern Ireland there is the  launch of  a 10 week TPRF Peace Education Programme at Crawfordsburn Country Park on Peace Day for members of the North Down & Ards U3A.  The purpose of the programme is to help participants discover their own inner resources—innate tools for living such as inner strength, choice, and hope—and the possibility of personal peace.  You can read about the Peace Programme here. The event on the 21st is a taster for the Programme and will run for 10 weeks every Monday after that.

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Praying for Peace Around the World

Redeemer Central Church, Donegal Street, Belfast.

Open to public for prayer from 7am

On 21st September (UN International Day of Peace) Christian Aid is hosting a 24 hour prayer, action and giving space at Redeemer Central Church, Donegal Street, Belfast.

The theme of the prayer space will be praying for peace around the world and about the people and places experiencing conflict, such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Colombia. There will also be a focus on the wider impacts of conflict, such as the current refugee crisis in Europe.

As well as praying we will be encouraging people to turn their prayers into action, by writing to their local MP and also by giving a donation to our Syria emergency appeal.

The rooms will be set up as a journey, so that people pass through each room and are encouraged to Pray, Act and Give in response to conflict.

The prayer space will be open for a 24 hour period from Midnight on 20th September to Midnight on 21st September. (the space will be open to the public from 7am – midnight on 21st Sept.)

For more information contact Dave Thomas dthomas@christian-aid.org or phone (028) 9064 8133

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Empowering young people to be peace builders

Oasis Plaza Omagh Town Centre

At 10.30am –

Peace Day will be marked in Omagh 10.30am with the unveiling of 51 Peace Pledges created by pupils attending every school/college in the Omagh District Council area. Each peace pledge articulates what sort of future the children would like to see.  Every peace pledge has been transferred onto a stainless steel plaque by Omagh District Council, and is being incorporated into the recently opened Oasis Plaza in the town centre, to provide a collective message of hope. Empowering young people to be peace builders is supported by the Education Authority, Western Region and also by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

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“Peace Fest NI”

Belfast City Hall

From 6.30pm-10pm

A Mini Festival bringing people together through music, art, storytelling and dlalogue to celebrate International Day of Peace.  #peaceday, #peacedayni , @peacefestni.

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‘Peace of Country’

St Patrick’s Church, Ballyclog

at 8pm

At St Patrick’s Church Ballyclog, pupils from Ballytrea, Stewartstown and St Mary’s primary schools will participate in a ‘Peace of Country’ event with Stewartstown band ‘Bitz ‘n’ Pieces. Pupils will play in a joint traditional band under the direction of tutor Donald Canavan, and also sing together in a joint choir.  Prayers for peace locally and across the world will be said.   ‘Peace of Country’ commencing at 8pm.

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