Nerve Centre hosts Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival

A still from 'Beasts' which will be screened during the Intercultural & Anti Racism Festival.
A still from 'Beasts' which will be screened during the Intercultural & Anti Racism Festival.

The Nerve Centre’s annual Intercultural & Anti Racism Festival which takes place from Thursday 21-Wednesday 27 March, offers primary, post-primary schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and the general public, a programme of international films, documentaries, presentations, workshops, and outreach screenings, exploring the themes and issues involved. The programme launches on March 21, the official UN International Day Against Racial Discrimination, a date chosen to mark the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa in 1960.

This event is aimed at raising awareness around issues such as racism, discrimination and harassment - including racist bullying. It seeks to educate children, young people, and the wider public, to accept, value, and embrace diversity in all its forms - whether race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, the poor, migrants, minorities, those with physical disabilities - as well as encouraging awareness of local and global issues like war, human rights abuses, and the environment. The programme aims to broaden children¹s and young people’s cultural awareness, literacy skills and cine-literacy abilities. The long-term objectives and outcomes of the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Programme are to promote tolerance and Inclusion.

The cost of events for the festival are kept to an absolute minimum in order to ensure maximum participation. Special Educational Previews of The Croods 3D, Finding Nemo 3D, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, Chimpanzee, and Beasts Of The Southern Wild, in the Brunswick Moviebowl, cost only £2 per pupil. While afternoon screenings for the general public of Searching For Sugar Man, Amour, The Sessions, This Is Not A Film cost £2. Teachers attend all educational events FREE of charge.

The programme for the general public launches on Thursday, 21 March at 6.30pm in Nerve Centre Cinema with a double screening of Untouchable followed by a reception at 8.30pm and a second screening of Beasts Of The Southern Wild at 9pm, and all for £3.50. A Weekend Kids Programme on Saturday 23 March in Nerve Centre Cinema includes screenings of Brave, Madagascar 3, Ice Age 4, and ParaNorman - again only £2 per person. Programmes are available at the Nerve Centre and throughout the city, or download a copy @ www.nervecentre.org

As well as the full programme of events taking place in Derry, the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival 2013 also incorporates free outreach screenings for primary and post-primary schools and the general public in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, which are being funded by Omagh District Council. Additionally, free outreach screenings for all schools in the Strabane area are being funded by Strabane District Council. The programme also features a free programme of screenings for schools and the general public in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council fund the Intercultural & Anti-Racism Festival. Venue Partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

For further information please contact the festival office: 028 71373456 or 71260562. Email: b.mclaughlin@nervecentre.org

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