2012 Festival of India Launched - Watch Video

Traditional Indian performers get things started. Learn more about the one-day festival in the Ulster Hall this August

The Indian Community Centre, which is based Belfast's Clifton Street, launched the third annual Festival of India in the Waterfront Hall this month. This one-day festival – which has previously been hosted in St George's Market – will this year take place in the Ulster Hall on August 19.

Traditional Indian dancers and singers performed at the launch, which was also attended by Arts Council of Northern Ireland chief executive, Roisin McDonagh. 'I hope very much that all the communities will continue to embrace [the festival] in the spirit of diversity and the enrichment of all our lives,' said McDonagh.

The festival – which coincides with Indian Independence Day – will feature a whole range of Indian arts and culture, including food and crafts stalls, henna and face painting, musical and dance performances, family events and more.

Performers from the Indian community across Northern Ireland will be joined by performers from across the UK to bring a taste of India to the Ulster Hall in its 150th anniversary year.

Ramesh Chada, Indian Community Centre chairman, hopes that the event will attract a wide range of people who are keen on learning more about Indian culture and arts. 'After all,' said Chada, 'the Indian community have been here [in Northern Ireland] for almost 100 years.'

In the video above, Lady Shruti Rana, Secretary of the Indian Community Centre, explains more about the festival and the Nada Choir, which will perform on the day, featuring a cross section of local singers.

Stalls are now available to hire at the Festival of India. Log on to the Indian Community Centre website for more information.

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