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BRIDGING THE GAP

Topstorey edited and managed production of Bridging the Gap.

With a Foreword by Professor Padraig O’Malley it tells the story of the Forum for Cities in Transition – its birth and underlying philosophy. It describes what the 2011 conference sought to do and reflects on the differnce that it has made in the journey to peace both locally and internationally.

In May 2011 a major international conference took place in Derry / Londonderry. The event brought together seventy delegates from cities around the world. Each of these cities shared something in common. They had all experienced violent conflict arising from deep communal divisions. The cities included Beruit, Belfast, Derry / Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kaduna, Kirkuk, Mitrovie / Kovska Motrivica, Mitte, Mostar, Nicosia and Ramallah.

The international conference was part of the Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) process. It was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Fund for Ireland, Derry City Council, the Community Relations Council and Monitor (US).

Bridging the Gap was launched at The Playhouse, Derry / Londonderry on 18th May 2012 and at Stormont on 12th June 2012.