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Funding announced to tackle bigotry

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham has announced funding will be given to two projects working to eradicate bigotry and hatred in Scotland.

The Minister has awarded £116,000 to the Citizen’s Theatre to roll out their highly acclaimed ‘Divided City’ project in South Lanarkshire. The project will work intensively with 40 school pupils to devise a stage play based upon Theresa Breslin’s book, ‘Divided City’.

The Citizen’s Theatre have previously run the Divided City project in Glasgow, where it has been highly praised.

The Minister has also announced £9,000 to the Festival of Spirituality and Peace to run a series of events and subsequent civic cafes on sectarianism as part of the 2012 festival.

Ms Cunningham said:

“Sectarianism has ruined the lives of too many people and too many communities for far long enough. Working with organisations and communities across the country, we are determined to take wide-ranging action society to eradicate it once and for all.

“True change will only come about when we all take a stand against sectarianism and do our part in the fight against bigotry and hatred.”