Marking International Day Against Racism


Galway 2020 is marking International Day Against Racism on 21 March through a series of collaborations with local and national organisations. These projects, all online and digital, will see Galway making a strong and unequivocal statement against racism through art, dialogue and education.


Starting on Saturday 20 March we are delighted to be working with the Football Association of Ireland and Off The Ball, Ireland’s premier sports publisher, for a very special panel discussion featuring current Irish international Darren Randolph, former League of Ireland and Dublin GAA legend Jason Sherlock, and Des Tomlinson Intercultural National Strategy Coordinator with the FAI. Tune into the Off The Ball Panel Discussion from 1.30pm on Saturday 20 March to hear where we are currently at in the Irish game and where we need to get to in terms of combatting racism.

Sunday 21 March is International Day Against Racism and we start the day with the opening of a window exhibition entitled #TogetherAgainstRacism at the Galway 2020 Wave Makers Hub. This large window exhibition will feature a specially commissioned artwork by local artist and Wave Maker Enda McCormack and also the hashtag #TogetherAgainstRacism in different languages reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Wave Makers group and the universal message of No to racism.


At 11am we will be releasing a short video across our social media channels featuring Galway 2020 Wave Makers reciting a very special and powerful poem as a statement and show of solidarity against racism.


At 3pm local groups The Melting Pot Luck and Visionation will present 3 short films created especially for International Day Against Racism that provide a unique insight into the prejudices, racism and microaggressions that are an everyday experience for many people. Stand In My Shoes will be available on The Melting Pot Luck social media channels from 3pm on Sunday 21 March.


At 6pm on Sunday 21 a wonderful new collaborative project Music, Memory and the Night is being released online. Music, Memory and the Night centres around Afro-Irish and Black musical experiences in Galway and Cork and combines musical memories, visual artwork, and musical compositions, all on an interactive virtual platform.


Events finish off on Monday 22 March with the launch of the Onside Schools Programme with a select number of primary schools in Galway city. Working again with the FAI the Onside programme includes a number of specially designed classroom and schoolyard modules that educate young people about racism and facilitate language learning and cultural exchange through football.

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