The vibrant North West Migrants Forum’ say they want local people in Derry to come forward and get involved in a host of activities they’re currentlypromoting
Lilian Seenoi who spearheads the Derry based organisation says the group’s focus is firmly on integrating with the local community and that most current and upcoming events will appeal to a wide variety of ages.
“We have a mash up dance running every Saturday between 3pm and 5pm at the Glenview community centre. This is for young people aged between 11 and 17years of age. The dance is a mash up of three different traditional dances based on African, Indian and irish.
We also have a mural story telling project running at the play house every Friday between 6 and 8pm. This programme is for adults. The focus is on them sharing their expiriences and comparing their lives from the first time they arrived in derry to their lives back home. Local people are also very welcome to take part in this.”
Lilian says music is also a key element of what the Migrants Forum want to promote.
“We are also hoping to have mash up music featuring Irish, African, Philipino and Indian music using traditional instruments. We’re currently looking for local participants and an instructor too.this will take place at the Glenview community centre,” says Lilian.
The organisation are also facilitating garment making for women making African Indian and local designs to showcase on the June 7.
“There will also be a fashion show showcasing african designs and indian designs on the day and we are looking for volunteers from the local community to take part,” says Lilian. “This is all in preparation for our intercultural gala festival which will be held on June 7. Tickets will be on sale starting April 4.”
Find the North West Migrants forum on Facebook and Twitter @nwmforum or by contacting 07880207223 or the Glenview Community Centre.