Beyond Skin examines the scars of racism and sectarianism

Áine Carson

THE headline ‘Belfast is the race hate capital of Europe’ prompted Darren Ferguson to change xenophobic attitudes in his hometown.

A musician armed with a volunteering background in community aid & development experience, and working for Concern Worldwide, Ferguson was no stranger to taking the bull by the horns.

It was the combination of negative & positive social and artistic elements that led to the formation of Beyond Skin. In addition to the consistent negative stereotype of Northern Ireland regarding the sectarian conflict, in 2004 Belfast hit the international headlines as Race Hate Capital of Europe

At the time Darren was working for Concern Worldwide and along with friends that shared an interest in music and development education, recognised that the arts combined with a DE philosophy could assist greatly in addressing local issues of sectarianism and racism. But a magic ingredient was needed that would define the vision…

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