Groups plan ‘marquee’ event

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Waterside Community representatives from Hillcrest Trust, Irish street Community Centre, Talking to our Babies, Community Engagement Project, Peacewalls Programme and Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership have combined efforts to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a wide range of community events taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2015 in the Waterside! Everyone is invited to join the celebrations at The Community Marquee which will be erected at Lisnagelvin pitches, Irish street (opposite Altnagelvin Garden centre). A range of exciting events include the’ Big Band night’ with ‘Undercover’, cultural celebrations with our ‘Traditions Meet’ event, Science and Gadget Fair and lots more.

A spokesperson said: “On Saturday 14th March we invite families to enjoy a fun filled day featuring Parky the magician, arts and crafts, soft play area and more! This is a free and inclusive event starting at 11am followed by the Community Engagement Project’s Science and Gadget Fair at 2pm which promises all sorts of interactive, fun and interesting gadgets and workshops for children, teenagers and adults to learn, enjoy and get their hands on! If you’re feeling lucky get your Bingo pens at the ready from 7pm then get into your glad rags and dancing shoes for our Big Band event headlined by ‘Undercover’ at 9pm.

“If you’re feeling fit on Sunday 15th March sports clubs from across the city are hosting boot-camps, taster sessions on GAA, hockey, football and more! Under 10’s are invited to participate in a football competition; for more information or to register in advance please contact Eamon on 07830213542.

“A host of churches and communities will join together at 2pm for an Inter-Denominational Mother’s Day Service to celebrate all the ladies in our lives. Our evening programme of events then begins from 7pm, so please come along and join us for our ‘Traditions Meet’ event, featuring performances from St Joseph’s Brass Band, alongside William King Flute Band, world champion Irish Dancers, Highland Dancers and ‘Sontas.’

“To finish off the night in style, we will then have a traditional Irish Ceilidh from 9pm. This promises to be a night of wonderful performances, culture and traditional music, which is not to be missed!”

The organisers say that ‘inclusion’ is a keyword.

She added: The weekend celebrations are all inclusive!! We ask that everyone keeps our three principles in mind.

“Inclusion and participation: Everyone is welcome, encourage each other and get involved in all activities!

“Self-expression: You’re free to express yourself and your unique gifts!

“Leave no Trace: Respect the community and the environment: whenever possible leave a place in a better state than we found it!”