Derry~Londonderry's Hosts Ubuntu Global Festival

Derry~Londonderry's St Columb's Park is the venue for the multicultural extravaganza on Saturday, June 1

The Ubuntu Global Festival, an exciting and enticing new festival event for Derry-Londonderry, was launched this week. It will see St Columb’s Park come alive in a global cultural extravaganza on Saturday, June 1.

A free family-friendly event, the Ubuntu Global Festival is set to celebrate world cultures represented in our local communities. Sue Divin, of Derry City Council’s Good Relations Department, explains the concept behind the festival.

'In January of this year we put out an open call asking communities to come together with a view to developing programming celebrating our cultural diversity. We were delighted with the response and enthusiasm coming from community representatives who have put together this wonderful festival event.

'This festival is devoted to pursuing the ideals of a global community through active engagement with the diverse range of thoughts and cultural experiences which reflect our Diverse City and the values of all our people. Ubuntu is a South African word meaning that all our identities and humanity are interlinked and should be respected.'

The festival will see global education through carnival arts programmes come together in a wonderful Global Carnival Parade through the park, and audiences are encouraged to participate in activities with a visit to the Global Village

'The committee have brought together a wonderful programme which will see the Global Village becoming a feast for the senses featuring a Cuban & Latin Music & Dance Tent, World Music, Japanese Drumming, Indian & African cooking demonstrations, arts, craft and cultural workshops from across diverse continents and countries,' said Sharon Meenan, North West Carnival Initiative event organiser.

'Together with the beautiful Global Carnival procession around the park, it’s a wonderful afternoon out and a great opportunity for all ages to participate and find out more about our local Polish, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Caribbean communities among others.'

The festival has been developed and delivered by local community representatives in partnership with Derry City Council Good Relations, North West Carnival Initiative, Inishowen Carnival Group and is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the North West PEACE III Cluster.

The Ubuntu Global Festival takes place Saturday 1st June from 12pm – 4pm.