Strabane’s strong multi-cultural talents to be showcased for St Patrick’s Day

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Strabane’s strong multi-cultural talents to be showcased for St Patrick’s Day thumbnailSTRABANE Ethnic Community Association (SECA) are busy preparing to showcase the town’s diverse and multi-cultural talents when they take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade this weekend.

SECA project co-ordinator, Kamini Rao, says St Patrick's Day is a key event in the organisation's events calendar and a great way of engaging with the wider community and showcasing music, dance and food from all cultures.
This year's St Patrick's Day celebrations, are being funded and organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council and the SECA have been assigned to provide a multi-cultural area in the town that will sit alongside the Irish quarter and the pop-up Gaeltacht.
The multi-cultural area will encourage people to come along and experience music, food and dance from different countries and cultures and will be full of activity, colour and atmosphere, with family friendly events and workshops that everyone can participate in.
As part of the China showcase there will be Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance workshops, Tai Chi and qigong workshops as well as Chinese lanterns, Chinese opera masks and chopstick competitions and performances by a Chinese choir and a Chinese Fan Dance.
For those willing to get involved in some dancing, they can sign up to some Bollywood dance workshops or African drumming workshops. There will also be workshops in Rangoli Art and Henna, Spanish Vienna Hearts and Spanish Flamenco dancing.
Other events include a Thai workshop, Polish arts and crafts, a workshop of Russian doll-making, as well as workshops with local artist Barry McGowan, who specialises in personalised artwork, portraits and caricatures.
Kamini Rao is looking forward to the celebrations saying: "We have always loved taking part in the Strabane St Patrick's Day parade, and we have been doing this for these past 10 plus years.
"This will be a spectacular day for Strabane, and we are really happy SECA was invited to participate again this year but on a bigger scale.
"We are providing loads of workshops and entertainment from as many cultures as we can, side by side with the traditional parade, the live bands, and all the traditional Irish events happening in the town.
"There is always a buzz around St Patrick's Day in Strabane as the whole town always looks forward to it so I am hoping everyone will come and enjoy the programme and keep that Strabane buzz going. And fingers crossed there is a bit of sun!!"
There will be lots of activities to keep the children entertained within the multi-cultural area, where each participating group will showcase different aspects of their culture through food, dance crafts and music from around the world. Everyone is invited to join in the experience.
The main attraction of the celebrations in Strabane will be the St Patrick's Day carnival parade, which will take place in the town centre from 2pm to 3pm.
The parade will depart from the Canal Basin moving on to Railway Road, Lower Main Street, Main Street and Back Street/Market Street into Abercorn Square and finishing back at Canal Basin.
In addition to the carnival parade, there will be plenty of fun activities for all the family taking place across the town.
For more info on the events scheduled for St Patrick's Day visit


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