Hello and a warm welcome to the (mostly) virtual One World Festival 2020, organised by the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies Northern Ireland (CADA NI).
When we began to plan One World Festival 2020 at the start of the year, little did we know that a few months later we would be facing a global pandemic. Covid-19 really has changed the world forever, laying bare the inequalities faced by so many. For those of us who have never before experienced fear and uncertainty to this degree, it has been a rude awakening to the realities faced every day by millions across the globe.
This year, One World Festival aims to bring people together at a time we are physically apart, to engage with our diverse communities here in Northern Ireland, but also with people around the world. To encourage participation, we have made One World Festival 2020 a primarily virtual Festival, allowing everyone to take part safely. The virtual Festival also means we can increase engagement with diverse groups and people, including those from the Global South.
Hosted by a variety of groups, organisations and individuals, there truly is something for everyone in our programme, including; talks and discussions, storytelling, drama, music, documentaries and films, art workshops and much more. One World Festival coincides with a number of world UN days, highlighting issues such as climate change, modern slavery, gender equality, hunger and poverty. Many of our events address these topics, as well as race relations in Northern Ireland in the wake of Black Lives Matter, the effect of Covid-19 on human rights, and the refugee crisis.
Increasingly, Northern Ireland is a place of diverse backgrounds and new beginnings: we believe we can learn and gain so much from this diversity. Join us at One World Festival 2020 to stand in solidarity with those for whom injustice, poverty, hunger and inequality are still a factor of daily life, both around the world and here at home.
Chair of CADA NI
…is coming ‘together for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.’
…is to increase awareness about the Global South, promote understanding of issues that affect the lives of the poorest people and inspire action in our communities towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
…for the festival are to programme high quality events that:
Beyond Skin – BOND – Centre for Global Education – Children in Crossfire – Christian Aid – Concern Worldwide – Disability Aid Abroad – Fields of Life – Friends of Africa – Habitat for Humanity NI – International Justice Mission – Oxfam Ireland – Saphara – Save the Children – Self Help Africa – Serve – Share Uganda – Tearfund – Tools Solidarity – Trócaire – United Nations Association – UK
And a huge thanks to the CADA NI Management Committee and Public Engagement Group for all their work in developing the inaugural One World Festival.
NB: The content of, and views expressed within, festival events do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of CADA, its member organisations and funders.
CADA NI acknowledge the support of Concern Worldwide in the development of the One World Festival website.
CADA NI acknowledge DFID UK Aid for their support for the development of the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies in Northern Ireland.