Shared Spaces and Services
All projects are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The St.ART (Street Art) project is an intergenerational, cross-community project that will engage up to 200 performers/artists from the Borough to breathe life back into 20 under-loved urban spaces through arts, music, dance and drama.
Performers will work together with talented people from other local communities and from all walks of life. After a series of training workshops, participants will perform with members of a different community on 10 separate occasions across Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballymena.
This project will continue to run across the Borough into early 2020. The project will work with communities in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne to showcase the things about your community that you love and share the best of your place with everyone. The shape and content of events is up to your local community and could include open air and drive in cinemas, lumiere, street art and theatre, dance and musical performances, among other things.
The main aim of St.ART is to bring talented people from different communities together. By working and playing together, people from the three towns centres will have the chance to transform spaces and, more importantly, give people opportunities to learn and grow together towards a more peaceful and connected community through performances, workshops, Lumiere events and Pop Up cinemas.
With a bit of luck, we’ll also have some fun along the way!
Aims and Objectives
The Street Art project is all about bringing people together, regardless of background, belief and bank balances, to create something new, if only for a day. The project is built upon the belief that Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne are towns that are ready for positive change
By working and playing together, people from the three towns centres will have the chance to transform spaces and, more importantly, give people opportunities to learn and grow together towards a more peaceful and connected community.
A Bridge to the Future
This event was part of the Larne Spring Festival. It is a fun and exciting way to learn new activities and utilise an underused area in the Town Centre. Through the ST.ART project this event helped to animate the street and bring life back into an area that previously had low footfall and let people see the potential for the area.
The launch of ‘Umbrella Street’ on 29 March kicked off the Larne Spring Festival, a 6 week programme of events, running in association with Larne Traders Forum and Larne Renovation Generation. Outdoor music and entertainment, a pop-up cinemas, outdoor cafes and family entertainment where held in the Town Centre. Umbrella Street is one of the Lumiere events that is being held throughout the Borough.
Ursula Coll, St.Art Project Worker
Your Place Our Space
Mid and East Antrim benefits from a wealth of wonderful parks and open spaces. Your Place Our Space is an exciting intergenerational environmental project, focusing on the shared sustained use of outdoor spaces across the borough.
Your Place Our Space will bring people from different communities together to utilise our abundance of fantastic parks and open spaces for fun and innovative programmes which will break down some of the barriers between people and communities.
Aims and Objectives
- To maximise and sustain usage of the public space in Mid and East Antrim; physically connecting the different communities residing in the borough;
- To develop partnerships between communities in undertaking the fantastic range of activities this programme will implement;
- To develop sustainable events that involve communities on an inter-generational basis; and
- To bring people together within a range of activities and events in which they have a mutual interest and which lead to long-term relationships.
- Grant support for 5 x Men’s Sheds
- 9 x community gardens
- 9 x community orchards
- 3 x Re-Imagining Our Space, a community art project
- 80 x community training sessions
- 3 x circus skills training
- 3 x big tent events
- 9 x weekends of culture and wonder
- Urban Beach
Urban Beach, People's Park, Ballymena
The arrival of the Urban Beach was a welcome addition to the Peoples Park in Ballymena during the summer months. The PEACE IV funded beach had families from across the borough and beyond enjoying a full programme of activities. This included ; beach artwork, outdoor cinema, musical entertainment, climbing wall, archery, pirate themed fun day, beach volleyball, Punch and Judy and sand sculpturing. The beach was in place from 1st July until the end of September and the Peoples Park had over 65,000 visitors during this time.
Urban Street Skills, People’s Park, Ballymena
Through Peace IV funding; Ireland’s No.1 Stunt Team “Thunder Action Sports” hosted an Action Sports event offering free taster workshops in June 2019. Young people from the locality received training in urban sports prior to the event including BMX, skateboard, stunt scooters, parkour and graffiti art and were able to demonstrate their new skills.
Circus Skills, Greenisland
Silverstream Primary School availed of Peace IV Your Place Our Space funding to deliver circus skills training as an after-schools activity this was delivered by Belfast Community Circus school during the summer term in 2019. The pupils involved performed at the school's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Woollen Woodstock - June 2019
Local groups from Whitehead and Greenisland utilized funding from Peace IV for the Woollen Woodstock Event, in Diamond Jubilee Woods, Whitehead. The wood was full of wonderful woolly creations and jam packed with fun, family activities. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a peace and love themed festival with live music, arts and craft, food stalls, friendly farm animals and pony rides, storytelling, dance, yoga and more groovy activities.
Rosemary Hunter, Your Place Our Space Project Officer
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
T : 028 9335 8274