Saturday, 25 August 2012

The power of youth and football to heal a divided city

THE final Festival of Spirituality and Peace conversation of the 2012 season, and the third in a series on Scottish identity and Sectarianism, this Saturday sees an event with a different angle on issues of sectarianism, violence and racism in Scotland.

Divided City, a 2011 book by Theresa Breslin, was successfully adapted into a musical play last year. The production was a joint Youth Musical Initiative created and funded by organisations including The Citizens Theatre and Glasgow City Council Education Services and performed by secondary school students from all over Glasgow.

The book and musical tells the story of young football fans who follow opposing teams who get caught up in violence involving Catholics, Protestants and Muslim asylum seekers alike.

This weekend in St John's church, author Theresa Breslin, playwright Martin Travers and Jenny Marra MSP will reflect on the success of Divided City and its impact on local communities.

In partnership with Glasgow Citizens Theatre. The conversation will be followed by an open Civic Cafe discussion.

Saturday 25 August, 12pm-1pm, in the Church at St John's (Venue 127). Free ticketed, reserve tickets here or at the venue box office.

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