Healing Through Harmonies - Community Relations Week

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In partnership with LibrariesNI, The Music Project, Simon Cumbers Media Fund & Joseph O'Connor.

Beyond Skin presents a photography exhibition as part of Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week. From Friday 15th September.

In November 2016, journalist and photographer Joseph O'Connor and radio producer and videographer Paul Loughran travelled to Sri Lanka to document the work of The Music Project. Beyond Skin since 2013 have been working with The Music Project developing and delivering the Parallel Versing Project and more recently the #ArtsDialogue programme.

Founded in 2012 by Shalini Wickramasuriya, the Music Project aims to build orchestral communities between children of the north and south of Sri Lanka. These Tamil and Sinhalese communities were once divided by a long and bitter civil war, which came to an end in 2009.

The project works with over 400 children at six schools teaching primary level students to play orchestral instruments through free after-school music classes. Significantly, the Music Project brings the two communities of children together four or five times a year where both groups, most of whom are divided by language as well as ethnicity and religion, interact and perform in front of an audience.

Over the course of a few days in November 2016, Joseph O'Connor photographed children in Kurunegala and Mullavi as they participated in these classes. The following exhibition comprises a series of 20 images as part of that work. Further work from this multimedia project featured in the Irish Times, InBUSINESS magazine and on Near FM.

To find out more about the work of the Music Project visit www.musicprojectsl.com. If you have any comments about the exhibition email josephdoconnor@gmail.com.

Paul and Joseph travelled to Sri Lanka with support from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.
This exhibition is in partnership with LibrariesNI, Beyond Skin and The Music Project supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.

About the Simon Cumbers Media Fund
In 2005, a little over a year after the tragic death of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, Irish Aid established the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to honour his memory. The aim of the fund is to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. For more details visit www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.

The Exhibition wil run from Friday 15th September until Wednesday 27th September at Castlewellan Library, 3 Upper Square
Castlewellan, BT31 9DA.
t: 028 4377 8433
f: 028 4344 0402
Minicom: 028 4377 8433
e: castlewellan.library@librariesni.org.uk

Monday: Closed on Monday
Tuesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: Closed on Thursday
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed on Sunday