Schools, groups, artists are wanted for Ubuntu festival

Sona Lembardo and Sara McDonald, perform belly dancing on stage at the Ubuntu Festival, during the Maritime Festival.  INLS 2614-8272MT.
Sona Lembardo and Sara McDonald, perform belly dancing on stage at the Ubuntu Festival, during the Maritime Festival. INLS 2614-8272MT.

Schools, youth groups, individuals and artists from across Londonderry and Strabane are being invited to help forge a sense of global community in the city during the 2016 Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions in the spring.

The festival, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 19 in the Craft Village from 12 noon to 5pm, is a celebration of global cultures represented in the local community and has been a huge success over the past number of years.

Angela Askin, Good Relations officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “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.’

Karan Leonard, Festival and Events Manager with Council, encouraging local groups and individuals to register to be part of the festival, said the Council is keen to get as many organisations involved in programming activities for the festival to include music and performance, arts and crafts, storytelling, exhibitions and much more.

“The Ubuntu Festival has been a phenomenal success over the past number of years and we are keen to extend the invitation across the Council area to get as many local artists and community organisations to participate in the festival.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for groups and individuals across the Council area to be part of this celebration of diversity and culture and to showcase their talents,” she said.

Groups or individuals interested in getting involved are asked to request an expression of interest form by contacting Megan Kelly, Events Officer at the Council, Megan.Kelly@derrystrabane.com Tel 028 71 253253. The deadline for all expressions of interest is Monday, 18 January 2016.