Earhart Festival to take flight despite cutbacks

EARHART 2015 LAUNCH!. . . . .Group pictured at the launch of the Earhart Community Arts Festival 2015 yesterday morning at Bloomfield Park are eager participants from the Outer North Children's Art Festival alongside Earhart Festival organisers, local MLAs, councillors and representatives from local community groups. DER3115MC030
EARHART 2015 LAUNCH!. . . . .Group pictured at the launch of the Earhart Community Arts Festival 2015 yesterday morning at Bloomfield Park are eager participants from the Outer North Children's Art Festival alongside Earhart Festival organisers, local MLAs, councillors and representatives from local community groups. DER3115MC030

THE 2015 Earhart Community Arts Festival was officially launched yesterday with the unveiling of the traditional Festival billboard at Bloomfield Park in Galliagh.

And this year, despite facing a near 90 per cent cut to funding, the determined event organisers have promised this year’s festival will reach new heights in showcasing local talent and celebrating the cultural diversity that makes the city so special.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Festival Director, Oliver Green, said: “We have been amazed by the gestures of goodwill and support we’ve received from every section of our community and by the generosity of our amazing artists, performers and community organisations who have pulled together to ensure that our ‘Speaking to the World Cultural Carnival Celebrations’will send out a message of hope from the people of Galliagh and Shantallow.

“We extend a welcome so warm that everyone in our city will feel the glow of a people who are committed to building a united community that embraces diversity and equality for all,” he added.

“In this, our 16th year, the Earhart Festival offers a wide range of events to suit every age and every taste from our famous Senior Citizens Tea Party to the Legendary Galliagh Hop; from our Multi-Cultural Dance Workshops to an array of Family Fun days reaching into every corner of our community.”

He claimed this year’s showpiece would engage all communities.

“This year’s programme will see the engagement of almost every community organisation in the Outer North area spilling out onto our streets and parks giving freely of their time and energy to create the community spirit and pride that is unique to our city.’

In extending an open invitation to all residents and visitors to the city to come along and enjoy this year’s Earhart Festival, Mr Green went on: “The array and quality of events on offer this year is second to none, from The Amelia Earhart Photographic Exhibition to the Flames of Passion Contemporary Dance Showcase; from Indian Cuisine and Craft Workshops to the Best Kept Garden competition - all culminating in the highlight “Speaking to the World Cultural Carnival Celebrations” on Sunday, August 16th.

“This event will be hosted in the grounds of St. Paul’s Primary and Nursery School on the Moss Road, Galliagh.

It will feature a programme of children’s entertainment that will enthral the kids with puppet shows, games, storytelling, amusements and so much more.

There will also be amazing dance performances and workshops which will represent every culture possible from Bollywood to Highland Dance from Japanese and Irish Dance to Ballet and Zumba showcasing the very best performers our region has to offer.

The Earhart Director went on to promote the big stage line up featuring some of the greatest new singers the city and region has produced.

“The outstanding operatic tones of 14-years-old Laura McNutt leading to the world class stars of traditional music performers TheWhistling Donkeys.

“So if it’s Aerial Flying Displays or Traditional Crafts, if it’s colourful dancing or amazing music, whatever it is that takes your fancy this year’s Earhart Community Arts Festival will bring a smile to your face and leave a memory to treasure!

For more information on this year’s festival events contact the festival office on 02871357443, email louise@gscaderry.com or why not check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheEarhartFestival.