‘Whiden Toie’ Celebrating Traveller Culture. The Road to Recognition and Rights

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Galway Traveller Movement, as part of its 20 year celebration is putting a spotlight on the inequality experienced by the Traveller community in Galway City and County and calling for an immediate end to structural inequality. Galway Traveller Movement in association with the Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway will host a symposium- ‘Creating the Conditions for EngagementA call for Substantive Equality for the Traveller Community’ and a concert- celebrating the unique contribution of Traveller s to Irish Traditional music on the 3rd of November in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Concert picThe Symposium event will promote dialogue and debate in the West of Ireland on the topic of substantive equality for the Traveller community. Traveller leaders on the day will demonstrate the diversity that exists within the community, while highlighting some of GTM’s main achievements to date. The emphasis will be on the Traveller leaders, sharing their views and perspectives on what is needed to make Ireland a more progressive and equal society. In the afternoon, the symposium will also present inputs from special guests who have demonstrated their commitment to addressing structural inequalities experienced by many groups at a local, national and international level. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin ,Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture will be in attendance and responding to the call for full equality for the Traveller community. In the evening you are invited to join us in celebrating Traveller music and song with the following performers , the Keenan Sisters, Charlie Davis, Selina O’Leary, Martin Ward, David Ward, Stephen Dunne, Mickey Dunne, Tommy Keane.

You can register here at www.gtmckisymposium2014.eventbrite.com

If you have any problems with Eventbrite, please contact Molly (molly@gtmtrav.ie) with your name, email and organisation where applicable. Hope to see you all there.

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