Crumlin Road Gaol was an array of color earlier this week, as people from all different cultures who are living in Northern Ireland attended the press launch of the inaugural Multi-Ethnic Arts, Culture & Heritage Expo, wearing their traditional costumes. This all-day event will be held at the Gaol on Saturday 31 July 2021 (subject to government guidelines).
Organized by Jahswill Emmanuel, chairperson of Multi-Ethnic Sports and Cultures NI (MSCNI), the event will showcase an electric mix of art, sport, culture and music, culminating in an evening concert, headlined by hip hop artist and songwriter Jordan Adetunji who is currently taking the UK Hip Hop scene by storm. Also performing that evening are Chinese Tambourine Dancers, Wilson Magwere a multi-talented African Drummer, hip hop dancers, Mexican dancers, Eritrean instrumentalists, David Brown a singer and rapper from Nxgen Music Group.
Jahswill Emmanuel is excited about the forthcoming festival. He says;
“The team at MSCNI has been working tirelessly all through the pandemic to put this event together and we are indebted to the Community Foundation NI for helping fund our ambitious festival. Our aim is to embrace and promote all cultural diversities who are living in Northern Ireland and give everyone from Ireland the opportunity to learn, appreciate and enjoy other cultures, the heritage, sport and music. On 31st July Crumlin Road Gaol (subject to government guidelines) will play host to a full schedule of day-time activities including board games from 55 different countries, a women’s group teaching their traditional hair and beauty techniques, a yoga and wellness group and of course there will be lots of traditional dishes to sample.”
Mr Emmanuel continues;
“The general public can buy tickets for the evening Cultural Extravaganza event, which promises to be a unique and absolutely brilliant gig. We are honoured to have Jordan Adetunji (22 years) and his band headline. Hip Hop music has seen a surge in popularity throughout Ireland over the last number of years and this Belfast artist became the first ever hip-hop act to play at the NI Music Prize in 2019 and the first artist from Northern Ireland to be nominated for an Urban Music Award. Concert goers will definitely be in for a treat with Jordan’s dynamic style and stage presence and may even recognise him from his National modelling campaigns or recent acting debut on CBBC’s comedy-drama Almost Never.”
TICKETS FOR THE MULTI- ETHNIC EXPO ARE FREE OF CHARGE (restricted numbers to adhere to COVID restrictions) available from www.eventbrite.co.uk