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Matters of faith on the agenda.

FAITH will be celebrated in a week of events across the North East.

As part of the first national Interfaith Week, religious communities of all kinds are coming together to celebrate.

Music, dancing, spiritual readings and even a film project will show off the diversity of belief and culture in the North East. The week kicks off tomorrow at 10.30am in Newcastle City Library, with a workshop to celebrate the work of nonsectarian group People to People.

The group, which has been established in Newcastle for 25 years, promotes harmony and understanding between people of all religions.

And in the afternoon, Gateshead Interfaith Forum and Gateshead Council are celebrating faith diversity with two film projects.

In the first, young people from the Interfaith Network will work on a British Identify film project.

And a film evening at Gateshead Civic Centre will show films featuring local people from the 70s to the present day.

Interfaith Week is being organised nationally by Communities and Local Government in partnership with the Interfaith Network for the UK.

Communities Secretary John Denham invited the views of faith communities.

He said: "Government should respect - should value, prize and celebrate - those things which matter to citizens. And for many, their faith shapes and defines who they are and this deserves respect."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2009
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