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Three day cross community event in Blackwatertown

Published: Thur, 28 Sep 2017
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The event is supported by PCSP, Mid Ulster District Council & the Housing Executive
A three day cross community  heritage festival is to take place this weekend (Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October), with funding provided by the Housing Executive.
Events are planned in the villages of Blackwatertown, Charlemont and Moy, with some also taking place in Collegeland.
Blackwatertown Community Development Group are the organisers of the multi element festival which will be celebrating a wide variety of events and activities to help promote community cohesion amongst residents throughout this area.
As part of the cross community heritage festival, there will be a 10km cycle event, a 5K running event, a vintage tractor and car parade, football tournaments for all ages and a stock car demonstration by Champion Drifting Car Driver Duane McKeever. Music and dance will be provided by a local Polish community group and Irish Dancers, which will bring vibrancy and colour to the weekend.
Our Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Area Manager John McCartan said:
“The festival hopes to further enhance the strong community engagement taking place across the area.
“This is a strong message from the Housing Executive of its commitment to rural communities, with a substantial investment into this three day festival. Blackwatertown Community Development Group are showing great leadership for other communities to accept and embrace diversity.
“We hope the festival encourages local neighbouring communities in rural areas to embrace and further explore other cultures, making everyone feel safe and empower people to get involved in local life.”
Bronagh Carolan of the Blackwatertown Community Development Group said:
“This cross community event typifies the good relationship between the neighbouring rural villages and townlands in the area.
“We are delighted to receive the ongoing support from the Housing Executive, local council and partner agencies  to make events such as this possible.”