One World Fest to make big impact

Nalongo will perorm at this weekend's One World Festival in Derry
Nalongo will perorm at this weekend's One World Festival in Derry

More than 300 musicians, 200 dancers, artists and choirs will help celebrate Derry’s cultural diversity this weekend.

Now in its sixth year. the One World Festival, organised by the multi-cultural organisation, SEEDS, runs all weekend with events planned for the Craft Village, Guildhall Square and via the new Peace bridge, St Columbs Park.

This weekend's One World Festival aims to celebrate Derry's cultural diversity

This weekend's One World Festival aims to celebrate Derry's cultural diversity

As well as music and dancing the festival will also give the Derry public a chance to enjoy film, arts and crafts, and food from all over the world.

Performances from Nalongo (African), Harmonicity (Cultural drumming from Ireland, Africa, and more), The Balkan Alien Sound (Polka from Eastern Europe) are among the musical highlights.

A spokesman for the organisers says the festival - which is completely free - is designed to give all residents of this city and surrounding areas an opportunity to learn about each other through novel cultural approaches.

“Our festival programme will dovetail and fuse with the Carnival of Colours and the official opening event of the New Bridge.

“The opening of the new bridge is a defining moment in the history of this city. The One World Festival wants to create safe shared spaces promoting civic culture and to help decrease the levels of prejudice and racism in our community; which is exactly what the new bridge stands for.

“This is our community’s opportunity to shine a light on the cultural mosaic that makes our City so unique.

“The Multi-Festival is also intended to reach people who might not attend traditionally labelled cultural activities.”

Events get underway in the Global Village (the Craft Village) at 6pm on Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.