Young people carve their cultural identity with graffiti, film and 3D letters!
Young people from across Derry~Londonderry and Donegal have come together to explore youth culture and identity at The Playhouse.
The Exchange Project has inspired cross border and cross community groups to use the arts to explore the theme of ‘us'. The project is supported by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.
A diverse group of young people came together last week at The Playhouse for an Arts Week, to explore youth culture from both a community and cultural perspective, understanding identity and exploring commonalities.
Enagh Youth Forum, Irish Street Community Centre, and YMCA from Derry~Londonderry, Leckagh Drive Community Group Magherafelt, Buncrana Drop in Centre, Donegal Travellers Group, Letterkenny Youth and Family Service (LYFS) and Moville Family Resource Centre were among the participating groups.
The six month project started off challenging young people's perspectives of their cross border and cross community peers, preparing them to create their own community project with a cross border partner.
The cross border teams then worked with artists and youth leaders to further their ideas, creating a unique project, which included graffiti/mural and film.
"The participants were encouraged to use the theme of ‘us' to embrace youth culture, drawing on their own cultural and religious backgrounds" Elaine Forde, project co-ordinator said.
"Mainly from segregated communities, the young people from Northern Ireland were encouraged to share their varying political opinions, alongside those participants from the Republic of Ireland, who addressed urban and rural themes.
"Some very sensitive issues were touched upon, some that reflect our current political atmosphere, for example parading issues, rioting and the recent flags debate. The project also encouraged the young people to embrace our current cultural backdrop as a starting point for discussion, for example the All Ireland Fleadh in Derry~Londonderry, and to understand cross community debates, for example those surrounding the recent riots related to parades in Belfast."
An exhibition of the young people's work will complete the project on Thursday August 29 at The Playhouse.
For more information on The Exchange Project contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027.
The Exchange Project is supported by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund, through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.