Across the Lines – International Fund for Ireland Programme

IFI and The Glens Centre

The Glens Centre is proud to launch its  Across the Lines programme.  Across the Lines is an IFI funded programme whereby  The Glens Centre is working with partner arts and community organisations in North Leitrim and Fermanagh in the building upon the existing community spirit, developing  organisational capacity and leadership for cross community engagement and cross border working – through the arts.

Given the rural character and proximity to the border, the programme is cognisant of the unique history and location of North Leitrim; hoping to address some of the legacy of conflict and impact of economic recession as well as the ongoing challenge of emigration from the area of younger people.

Across the Lines will create new creative opportunities for learning and development, which we hope will in its own small yet significant way encourage confidence among people of all faiths and none along the border in cross community and cross border working, develop capacity for individuals for creative careers, and support community engagement and development needs within the area.

The Initial programme being rolled out by The Glens Centre IFI Coordinator Ruth Gonsalves Moore includes a number of participative projects, including:

  • Men’s Cross Community & Border Development Project “We Grow Strong” (a storytelling project)
  • Women’s Cross Community & Cross Border Development Project “SHE can BE Anything” (a visual photography/film project)
  • Songlines across the Border (a cross-community and cross border music/choral project)
  • Creative Thinking & Theatre Project (an intergenerational cross border project)
  • Creative Industries Skills Training Programme (developed excellence in the Performing Arts), and a
  • Capacity Building programme (develop through an Across the Lines Forum with opportunities for capacity training and development)

As each project developed further information will be available on the Glens centre website.

Further Information is available by contacting Ruth Gonsalves Moore:

T: 071 9855833

M: 0871669951



About the Fund

The International Fund for Ireland was established as an independent international organisation by the British and Irish Governments in 1986. With contributions from the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the total resources committed to the Fund to date amount to £719m / €904m, funding over 5,800 projects across the island of Ireland.


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