PEOPLE from black minority communities will join with other local ethnicities at the Intercultural Gala Festival in Derry.
The second festival at the Guildhall aim is to celebrate diversity and promote community relations.
It will take place next Saturday at 7.30pm.
The festival has been organised by the North West Migrants Forum with funding from the Arts Council’s Intercultural Arts Programme and Derry City Council.
Last year’s festival brought together 300 people from diverse communities to celebrate both Derry’s role as UK City of Culture and the many cultures in the area through a diverse programme involving food, music, dance and education.
This year the Intercultural Gala Festival is dedicated to bringing members of black ethnic communities to Derry and showcasing the diversity of the city and its surrounding areas.
The festival will provide a platform for community members from different backgrounds to meet.
In addition to cultural education and entertainment, participants will continue their multi-cultural journey with international food tasting.
Murals and photographs taken by local young migrants showcasing their life in pictures will also be on display.
Lilian Seenoi, founder of the North West Migrants Forum, said: “Derry-Londonderry has a growing migrant population committed to culture and diversity.
“This Intercultural Gala Festival is a great opportunity to connect those individuals with the wider community”.
Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Community & Participatory Arts with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added; “This festival event exemplifies the ambitions of the Arts Council’s Intercultural Arts Programme and our genuine desire to use the arts to engage with others who live around us.
“It is clear that Lilian and the rest of the North West Migrants Forum are dedicated to playing their part in both embracing cultural diversity and promoting community cohesion.
“The next round of funding for the Intercultural Arts Programme opens in June and we want minority ethnic communities and artists to apply for this funding and use the arts to help foster cultural diversity, develop good relations and ultimately deliver a better future for everyone across and within communities here.”
For more information or for festival tickets please contact Lilian Seenoi, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Paul Barr – NWMF volunteer/Committee member email: email@example.com or Naomi Mutolo – NWMF volunteer/youth representative, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the Intercultural Arts Programme, application forms and guidance notes will be available to download from the Arts Council website at www.artscouncil-ni.org.