Huge crowds attend Creative Centenaries Resources Fair

Over 250 people were in attendance at the first ever Creative Centenaries Resources Fair in Titanic Belfast this March.

The large crowds were there to hear about the work being done across the creative, cultural and community base across Ireland in response to the Decade of Centenaries.

Organised in partnership with the Nerve Centre, Community Relations Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, the event was designed to provide some guidance for those planning their own commemorative events from 2015 onwards, with a particular emphasis on remembering the events of 2016.

The event was opened with a keynote presentation from Dr. Eamon Phoenix who examined key events from throughout the Decade of Centenaries and what they timeframe means to a modern audience. 

More than 30 stalls and exhibitions were in attendance to showcase some of the exciting and informative work being produced including Libraries NI, Living Legacies, National Museums Northern Ireland and many more.

Throughout the day, those in attendance also had the chance to take part in informative workshops and panel discussions about the role of commemoration and ethical and shared responses. A creative responses workshop saw how the work of digital organisations, theatre groups and community drama were being employed in areas of commemoration.

The day ended with a 32 piece choir and actors providing one final creative response and an uplifting and positive experience.