2021 is a significant year in the history of the place we call home, marking 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland.
The year marks the latter part of a Decade of Centenaries which have been taking place since 2012. The period 2012 to 2022 known as the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ is a period of time, historically significant, given the range of centenaries which have occurred throughout the period.
Some of the significant centenaries marked to date include the signing of the Ulster Covenant; the Home Rule bill; the outbreak of WW1; The Battle of the Somme; the Easter Rising; the Suffrage Movement; and now in 2021 partition and the creation of Northern Ireland.
The Council will deliver a diverse programme of events and initiatives to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 which will be characterised by three elements:
Reflecting on our past – Setting the historical context and educating and informing about both 1921 but also each decade of the centenary.
Within this we can commemorate milestones and achievements, create an exhibition and also timeline displays.
Celebrating our Centenary – A number of Council led special events with a civic element to mark the actual occasion and also a community programme to allow our communities to do the same.
Inspiring our future generations – this strand focusses on legacy and in particular facilitating our young people to set a vision for the future and include naming of some large capital developments, wishing trees, creation of art works, time capsules, bursary schemes which continue after 2021.
This programme aims to involve all of our residents and the programme has a wide range of activity planned around the themes of Reflection, Celebration/Commemoration and Inspiration. Given the Covid 19 pandemic and restrictions on in person engagement the programme has been planned very much within the context of our current circumstances with the aim that as the year progresses the programme will adapt to the circumstances.
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