Family fun at Earhart Festival

Bronagh Gallagher. (70513JC13)
Bronagh Gallagher. (70513JC13)

This weekend sees the start of the 2013 Earhart International Festival, and a host of fantastic events will ensure this year will be the best yet for Greater Shantallow Community Arts’ annual celebration of history, arts and culture in the community.

The theme of this year’s parade and family fun day is ‘Speaking to the World’ and organisers promise a wealth of family-friendly activities and live music in Ballyarnett Country Park this coming Sunday, May 19, to kick off the Festival in style. The Cultural Carnival Parade will leave from the Shantallow Community Centre at 1.45pm and progress to Ballyarnett Country Park, where the famous aviator herself once landed and made history!

At 2.45pm on Sunday, the Cultural Carnival will then have its speeches, celebrations and presentations on the main stage in Ballyarnett Country Park. Live music from Superstition, Seraphis, Lost Horizon, a Grease stage show preview and much more. In the field, kids can have fun with amusements, join a teddy bears picnic, see real-life owls, enjoy face painting, archery, helicopter rides, puppet shows and a bouncy castle.

The annual Earhart lecture, dedicated to and delivered by inspirational women, will take place at Thornhill College on Monday, May 20, from 10.15am until 12noon. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Derry’s record-breaking mountaineer and endurance sports champion, Hannah Shields.

Local cultural champion and internationally acclaimed actor and singer Bronagh Gallagher will present the second Earhart Achievement Awards at 1pm on Earhart Day itself, Tuesday, May 21, from a stage in Guildhall Square.

Full details of all events are in the festival brochure, available from the Festival office at 65 Galliagh Park or online at: www.gscaderry.com. (See also P38)