Schools and integrated education supporters joined the IEF at a packed Ormeau Baths in Belfast on 17 October to celebrate the winners of the annual Carson Awards. Broadcaster, journalist and IEF supporter Maxine Mawhinney flew in from London especially to compère the event, as did the founder and sponsor of the awards, Tony Carson.
Creative pupils from integrated schools were presented with their Carson Prizes and guests enjoyed a showcase of talent that had benefited from the Carson Bursary scheme.
Guests included Baroness May Blood, actress Olivia Nash, artist Neil Shawcross and a number of major donors and supporters.
The audience was treated to selection of music, film, poetry and drama reflecting the theme of integration, and there was an exhibition of artwork by a number of students.
The Carson Awards, funded by Tony, are also a tribute to his father, the late comedian Frank Carson. Tony was delighted to attend the Showcase and enjoyed meeting many of the talented young people from integrated schools.
In closing the event, Mary Roulston, IEF Director, launched the next round of awards; you can find out more at www.ief.org.uk/grants/carson-awards
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