Ubuntu Global Festival 2014 sends out clear anti-racism message
Diversity is the spice of life as Derry~Londonderry prepares for its annual Ubuntu Global Festival.
A colourful carnival of music, dance, arts, and crafts from cultures around the world (but all local residents) will transform the riverfront in the city, as part of this month’s eagerly anticipated LegenDerry Maritime Festival.
The annual Ubuntu Global Festival will see the Foyle quayside come alive with a multi-cultural tented village on Sunday 22nd June.
Derry City Council says the popular Festival will be a fun celebration of the cultural diversity of Derry~Londonderry and will send out a clear and timely anti-racism message for, and from, the whole community.
The family event will share the sights, sounds and culture of the many international people or residents of diverse backgrounds who live and work in the city and call it home.
Sue Divin, Community Relations Officer at Derry City Council, said:
“Derry~Londonderry is home to over 50 nationalities and the Ubuntu Global Festival 2014 gives our diverse communities the opportunity to come together to celebrate world cultures and send out a clear message that racism will not be tolerated in our city. This Festival is all about the fun and richness of diversity for a community.
“Ubuntu is a South African word meaning that all our identities are interlinked and should be respected. By delivering this festival we want to showcase the positive cultural diversity of our City when the eyes of the world will be on us with the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
“We have brought together a toe-tapping array of live music and dance performances from as far afield as Cuba, Brazil, Africa, China and the Philippines. With traditional African drums, Samba music and Indian Bollywood dancers, we defy anyone to be able to stand still at this wonderful lively event!
“For the crafty, we’ll have lots of traditional arts and crafts to try such as making Filipino ‘Parol’ lanterns, Japanese Origami, Mexican Pinata or thread beads from Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
“There will be, literally, a whole world of fun to see and do at Ubuntu and we are very excited to be bringing all the cultures of Derry together for this fantastic carnival!”
The Ubuntu Global Festival is on Sunday 22nd June and is along the quay which will be home to the stunning Clipper Yacht Racing fleet. Ubuntu is just one of the highlights of the LegenDerry Maritime Festival which will run from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th June.
Funding for Ubuntu is through the District Council’s Good Relations Programme (CRU, OFMDFM)