Community Clean Up (Sunday April 9, 2017)
A group of GARN members and locals came together to remove racist graffiti from public places in Galway City Centre.
Breaking Bread – Galway Food Festival (Monday April 17, 2017)
In collaboration with the Galway Food Festival and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, GARN participated in the 'Breaking Bread' event, which brought together various communities in Galway to share their culinary culture with the general public. Members of GARN volunteered to cook and serve traditional food from Nigeria, Albania, Malawi and Pakistan at the very well-attended event, which took place at the Spanish Arch. There were also a number of performers (musicians and MCs) from the GARN community, who volunteered to entertain the crowds.
'Friday Night' by GARN (Friday May 12, 2017)
GARN organised this social event in the Galway Rowing Club, inviting people from many different communities and cultural backgrounds to share a night of food and live music from around the world. This was an entry-by-donation event and free for anyone living in Direct Provision.
Friends of the Centre Open Day – Great Western House (Wednesday May 3, 2017)
GARN presented an information stall at the Friends of the Centre Open Day in the Great Western House (direct provision centre), distributing information about community engagement opportunities, education and training programmes, and health services for residents.
One World Tapestry 3 – Midsummer Yard (Sunday June 25, 2017)
GARN co-hosted this 'pay-as-you-feel' event, celebrating cultural diversity through food, music and community. Members of GARN also volunteered to cook traditional food for the event and provide live entertainment (music).
' Decolonising Feminism' Panel Discussion (Wednesday July 5, 2017)
An evening of discussion on decolonising feminism, exploring the broad spectrum of women's experiences within the journey to equality; how we can tackle both racism and sexism. This event was part of The F Word: Galway Feminist Festival and was hosted by Galway One World Centre, Galway Anti Racism Network and Galway Feminist Collective. The discussion was chaired by Farah Mokhtareizadeh and included four key speakers: Sharon Murphy (Galway One World Centre), Peju Awoyemi (Galway Anti Racism Network) and Bridget Kelly (Galway Traveller Movement).
'As Human As I Am' Film Screening and Discussion (Tuesday August 15, 2017)
This event was organised by GARN and local LGBT support group Amach and involved] a public screening of the new documentary, 'As Human As I Am' (dir: Alice McDowell), which documents stories and strategies from LGBTI communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion. The screening was followed by a number of short presentations from GARN members and guests, as well as a Q&A session with the film's director. This discussion focused on LGBT rights as human rights, issues of discrimination within the asylum seeker, refugee and migrant community in Ireland and building solidarity between LGBTI, minority rights and activist groups both in Ireland and around the world.