Press Release for KIlcranny House

August 23, 2009

Summer Daze at Kilcranny House

Coleraine is set for a bonanza week of arts and culture [15th-22nd August] as Kilcranny House hosts its Summer Daze festival, offering entertainment, enlightenment and a chance to experiment with a new skill.

Boasting an international flavour, the week kicks off this Saturday [15th] with a Festival Fun Day at the Centre with Bollywood Dancers and South American mask makers adding a touch of glamour to the day. There will also be a chance to learn a new skill through participating in one of the glass painting or drumming workshops. Bouncy castles and face painting will keep the children entertained for the afternoon and for adults looking simply to unwind, there will be live music on offer, ensuring an activity packed afternoon for all.
On Monday and Tuesday mornings there will be the opportunity to learn mask making from the Latin experts in Ballysally and Kilowen areas. On Monday evening listen to Roberta Bacic present ‘Threads of Hope’, an inspirational Chilean documentary. Bacic was a powerful voice against the military regime of Chile in the 1970s, suffering the consequences of being fired from her university job and being arrested. After many years as a member of the peace group War Resistors’ International, Bacic now lives in Northern Ireland and has a powerful story to tell.
For those with more of a palette for local history, local author and storyteller Dr Bob Curran will provide a stimulating historical tour of Garvagh on Tuesday afternoon, complete with lunch. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, why not try a new skill, be it Bollywood Dancing, or Jewellery making?
The week’s activities, which are funded by Coleraine Borough Council and International Fund for Ireland, finish on Saturday 22nd with a Gallery Exhibition at Coleraine Town Hall.

Kilcranny House was established in 1985 as a residential, educational and resource centre. Set alongside the River Bann, the centre aims to promote reconciliation in the local community, not just between residents, but between locals and the land.

For more information on the Summer Daze festival, or to make a booking telephone Lisa on 077*******7

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‘Speak’ up for Social Justice

March 1, 2008

Published: UFOURIA, March 2008 issue

Many of us have some form of concern for global injustice such as poverty, slavery and trafficking. The truth of the matter is that we just don’t care enough to do something about it. Gone are the days when our young people were revolutionary and caused society to sit up and take notice of such international issues. Or are they? A group of passionate students at the University of Ulster in Coleraine have decided to set up a social action group called ‘Speak’. Born out of a Christian ethos and running alongside other Speak groups on the mainland, they aim to raise student awareness of global issues and encourage students in their consumer choices and those lifestyle habits which carry far-reaching consequences.

‘Speak’ intends on focussing on two impact groups which will in turn deal with one specific issue. One will address the issue of Fair Trade and the other Climate Change. The group concentrating on Fair Trade aims to encourage the UU catering services to use these products wherever possible and to assist the university in following Queens and becoming a ‘Fair Trade University.’ As part of “Fairtrade Fortnight” some students will be promoting and selling Fairtrade items such as tea, coffee and chocolate from a table in the main bridge area on campus. There will also be a petition for staff and students to sign urging the Students Union and the University authorities to incorporate the five goals needed to gain Fairtrade status. Rachel Logan, one of the organisers says “If we can get 500 signatures it will show that students really do care about their consumer choices and add a lot of weight to our argument”

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25th February to 9th March. If you would like to find out more about how to get your school, church or workplace involved then check out http://www.fairtrade.org.uk