Earhart Festival gets into full swing in Derry

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Over the past 15 years, hundreds of people old and young have enjoyed the annual summer festivals in the Outer North areas of Galliagh and Shantallow thanks to the hard work of staff from the Greater Shantallow Community Arts office.

This year is no different and after widespread consultation in the local areas, the Earhart festival is being held in the heart of Galliagh with festivities taking place on the green area in Fergleen Park.

Speaking this week as residents enjoyed the annual Senior Citizens’ Tea Dance at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, organiser Ollie Green said the atmosphere reflected the true community spirit involved in organising the week long programme of events.

“We’re back in the heart of things locally and hundreds of people have been involved all week long. The festival this year has had a fantastic feel to it so far,” he said.

“As well as people from the local area we have a real international feel to the events as well. For our closing carnival on Sunday we’ll have contributions from Cuba as well as Egyptian dancers so it’s a real example of how diverse the community has become over the years.

“We’re really looking forward to the carnival and as ever the carnival and closing events will be a day for the whole family. As well as that, we have a full team of volunteers ready to move into the area on Monday to clean up the area which is something we agreed in co-operation with local residents.

This is a positive event for the whole community and we want to make sure everyone has good memories of it!” says Ollie.

Sunday’s carnival will set off from the Shantallow Community Centre at 2pm and make its way along the Racecourse Road finishing up in the heart of Galliagh with a day of free fun and activities for all the family.

The Earhart festival will close on Sunday evening with music from a variety of local acts as well as the Henry Girls and Brush Shiels.


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