World Peace Day marked by North Belfast arts group for the disabled

Cranes lift spirits at Stormont

By Kieran Hughes

The Great Hall at Stormont was transformed into a craft workshop as MLAs made origami cranes to celebrate World Peace Day. The project is the brainchild of the North Belfast-based Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) which has been working with a wide range of community groups, ethnic minority organisations and disability groups throughout the North to produce almost 2,000 paper cranes as a symbol of peace.

Chris Ledger, Chief Executive Officer of the Arts and Disability Forum, said she had been overwhelmed by the public response to the challenge. The ADF has worked with the public at its gallery in Royal Avenue and also gone out into the community to hold origami workshops.

“Our aim was to produce 1,000 cranes before World Peace Day and we have almost doubled that amount. The response from all sections of the community has been unbelievable and we thought that Stormont was the perfect place to conclude the project,” said Chris.

Hundreds of the cranes are currently on display at the ADF Gallery. The organisation has invited those who participated in the project to join them in the gallery to see the results of their work.

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