Birds of a Feather project launch with Partisan Productions

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Partisan Productions are involved in a groundbreaking cross-border initiative to unite women from across Ireland through creativity. The project was recently launched in Ennis, Co Clare.

The Community Relations Council supports Partisan Productions through its Core Funding Scheme.

The Birds of a Feather Project brings together women from Ballymac Crafty Ladies in East Belfast with other women’s groups in Ballinasloe, Inishboffin Island and Mná Ag Gaire in Ennis, Co Clare.

The project involves face-to-face and online workshops and discussions, as well as opportunities to share life experiences and build genuine friendships.

“The Shared Island Initiative is a testament to the power of collaboration and creativity in bringing communities together,” said Hilary Tonge from Mná Ag Gaire in Ennis. “By providing a platform for women from diverse backgrounds to work together, we aim to foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship, ultimately contributing to a more cohesive and inclusive society.”

One of the key aspects of the project is the development and staging of a major theatre project developed by Partisan Productions and led by the women.  It aims to explore the complex experiences and perspectives of women from the north and south of the island of Ireland. 

Fintan Brady from Partisan Productions said: “By involving participants in all aspects of artistic and technical development, we aim to create a work that is both surprising and engaging, showcasing the transformative power of the arts. The importance of arts collaboration across this island cannot be underestimated.  We need more opportunities like this.”

A comprehensive evaluation of the project will be conducted by Dr Maire Braniff from the University of Ulster, providing insights and recommendations for future collaborations and community development efforts.