Young people gather as art unveiled at Long Kesh

Rev Dr. David Latimer.
Rev Dr. David Latimer.

More than 3,000 young people, a large number from Derry, will gather at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Maze-Long Kesh, to give expressions to their aspirations for peace on Wednesday, September 21.

The meeting is part of the youth led peace building initiative ‘Amazing the Space’ which was founded by Reverend David Latimer, minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church.

During the event a customised 4.5 meter high galvanised metal tree designed by Maurice Harron with every school’s peace pledge inscribed onto metal leaves will be unveiled.

This iconic piece of public art will give presence and celebration to young peoples’ words and sentiments.

The novel idea of involving young people as peace builders was first introduced to schools in the former Derry City Council area in the run up to UK City of Culture 2012.

The initiative has progressively extended across Northern Ireland and into the Border counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan to include a total of 407 schools, embracing Controlled, Maintained, Integrated. Irish Medium and Special sectors.

Participating schools have created twenty-five word peace pledges, which powerfully articulate what young people consider we all must do so as to live better together.

To mark International Peace Day on Wednesday 21st September over 3000 young people will gather at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Maze Long Kesh, to give expressions to their aspirations for peace prosperity and a better tomorrow.

Satellite Link ups will connect with schools in other parts of NI and in other regions of the world.

Young people, with open minds, fresh ideas and positive energy are key to a brighter future for all in Northern Ireland.

The young have the capacity to forge a path of good hope that shimmers with peace and prosperity.

This central idea is the catalytic touchstone of the Amazing The Space initiative.

Amazing The Space is being supported by the NI Executive, EANI, Unite the Union and District Councils. Cooperation Ireland is lead partner.