One World Festival – A Reflection

By Dee Abbott.

October at Children in Crossfire witnesses the celebration of our annual One World Festival, a festival which is organised in partnership with CADA NI, the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies. CADA NI is the umbrella organisation of overseas aid and development agencies with an active presence in Northern Ireland, with which Children in Crossfire are an active member.

2020 saw the second annual celebration of One World Festival, which due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, was celebrated mostly online. Every year One World Festival aims to promote understanding about global issues that affect us all, and to inspire action in our community towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

This year, through incorporating a range of theatre performances, talks, music and food demonstrations, to name but a few of the events which took place, we encouraged everyone to discover new perspectives, and enjoy, be inspired and learn from the many cultures, people and places that are linked with Ireland.

When we began to plan One World Festival 2020 at the start of the year, we had no idea that a few months later we would be facing a global pandemic, and planning for a completely different festival than we had previously thought. Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it, and has really highlighted many of the major inequalities which exist the world over. One World Festival gave us an opportunity to reflect on this, and bring people together at a time when we are all physically apart.

“One World Festival this year explored a range of topics including climate change, racism, gender equality, hunger and poverty.”

Woman standing on stage giving presentation

Hosted along with a number of other organisations and individuals, One World Festival this year explored a range of topics including climate change, racism, gender equality, hunger and poverty. As well as giving us the opportunity to work with an amazingly talented and interesting group of people, through hosting a virtual festival we were given the chance to increase our engagement with people who are geographically further afield. One of the main highlights of this year’s festival was our interview which we held with Vanessa Andreotti, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

If you would like to catch up or watch back any of this year’s One World Festival events you still can! Just head over to the website www.oneworldfestivalni.com to explore all the happenings from this year’s festival. We always thoroughly enjoy our engagement with One World Festival and can’t wait to be celebrating with you on a (hopefully) face-to-face basis next year. Until then, stay safe and look after each other.

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