Our friends at the Community Relations Council have an exciting project coming very soon

As a nice run in to Culture Night Belfast, Good Relations Week runs from Monday, September 17 – Sunday, September 23, with more than 180 events taking place across Northern Ireland.


The initiative (which is co-ordinated by Community Relations Council, and supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy) sees government departments, community groups, local councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host a wide range of events from exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more.


Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, says:

“We have chosen the theme ‘Then, Now…Next?’ to reflect the mood of this year. In April we marked the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Belfast Agreement, so it has already been a time of reflection and stock-taking. However, the year has also been full of thoughts about the future.

“When the Agreement was signed it would have been impossible to imagine everything that has happened since. In the same way, we cannot assume what the next 20 years may bring. However, we do know this: we shape the future and its possibilities by our actions here and now.

“Through Good Relations Week we showcase events and people who have chosen to build and sustain good relationships across our diverse community. The commitment and willingness to build good community relationships is the fabric of peace and it is changing the way we will share the future.

“We still have some way to go, but every day the groups and organisations showcased during the week continue to work to drive us all forward as one collective community, representing this place in all its diversity. The week is only a snapshot of the work that takes place year-round, and we hope it encourages more people to engage and foster new relationships.”

New this year is the Good Relations Week website. The site is a resource for information about all of the events taking place across Northern Ireland during the week. Users can search for events by category, day or council area to get a taste of what is taking place nearby.

Good Relations Week is coordinated by CRC with support from The Executive Office, the Department for Communities, the Department of Justice and other government agencies.

For more information about events happening in your area, visit goodrelationsweek.com.

You can keep up to date with Good Relations Week 2018 on Facebook and Twitter and by using the hashtag #GRWeek18.



Launching the Good Relations Week 2018 programme at Ormeau Road Library are Peter Osborne and Jacqueline Irwin of the Community Relations Council (CRC), Jim O’Hagan from Libraries NI and Peter Day, also of the CRC